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2013 Winners


Overall winner of the BIC Awards this year was Khariye Poultry Farming

Overall Winner: Khariye Poultry Farming

Khariye Poultry Farming is small family run co-operative that was started in 2010 in Makhado, Limpopo. They raise, slaughter and package chickens to sell to retailers, hawkers and local communities members. They also sell live chickens.

With the help of a grant from the Department of Agriculture they were able to build two additional structures to house the chickens and as a result their business has grown significantly. They now employ five permanent staff members and 22 temporary employees.

Khariye was the overall winner of the Eskom Business Investment Competition and was awarded in recognition of their solid business model and financial management as well as their contribution to addressing unemployment in the region. With their prize money they plan to expand their business to produce more chickens and meet the ever increasing demand, with the long-term view to distributing their products nationally.

The 2013 winners of the agricultural category were Buffalo City Organic Producers    

Agricultural Winner: Buffalo City Organic Producers

Buffalo City Organic Producers is an agricultural cooperative based outside East London in the Eastern Cape and in 2013 won a prestigious Eskom Business Investment Competition Award in the agricultural category for their dedication to addressing unemployment in their community.

The cooperative grow fresh vegetables throughout the year using four hydroponic tunnels. Each tunnel accommodates over 12 000 seedlings which go on to produce a variety of tomatoes.

Established in 2009 the cooperative grows several varieties of tomatoes which they wash, package and sell to local markets and independent retailers. Originally started with 16 members, the co-operative has grown to 32 members and they plan to expand their product offering to include green peppers in the future.

First runner-up: Ingwemphisi Farming

Second runner-up: Eksteenskuil Agriculture Cooperative

Winner of the Manufacturing Category was Mpilende Foods

​Manufacturing Winner: East Cape Tissue Specialist

East Cape Tissue Specialist is a manufacturing company that produces toilet paper. Based in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape they have been producing toilet paper since 2010. East Cape Tissue originally started out with just two employees and the team has grown to five permanent staff as the business has grown. They purchase jumbo rolls of both recycled and virgin paper and convert them to toilet rolls suitable for household use.
The company produces 80 000 tonnes of toilet paper each month which are sold as singles, four packs and packs of 10. They currently supply Spars in Queenstown but they plan to purchase a delivery truck to enable them to start supplying the rest of the province.
They received this prestigious award in recognition of their solid business model and their contribution to addressing unemployment in the Eastern Cape.
First runner-up: Megaphase Road Marking and Traffic Signs
Second runner-up: Mpilende Foods

Winner of the trade and services category was Pyramid Electrical Contractors

​Trade & Services Winner: Pyramid Electrical Contractors

Pyramid Electrical Contractors is a fully black owned and 100% woman equity small to medium enterprise. The company is run by a husband and wife team Ganief and Kariema Price. The company started in 1999 from humble beginnings and has since grown to a staff compliment of 14 employees and 5 vehicles, operating from its own premises in Lansdowne.
They specialise in cable tracing, cable fault location as well as repairs to underground electrical cables. They also offer LV Networks reticulation and general electrical maintenance. Staff are offered regular in – house training and learnership programmes.
Due to Pyramid Electrical Contractor’s commitment to quality workmanship and skills development, was awarded them first place in the trade and service category of this year’s Eskom Business Investment Competition (BIC).
First runner-up:Electrotech Electrical
Second runner-up:Melron Projects Group