The finalists in the South African Premier Business Awards were announced by the Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies where he also confirmed that the fifth annual gala event will be held on 30 January 2018.Proudly South African Public Relations Manager Deryn Graham; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; and Rabia Metedad, Brand South Africa Activations Manager, are guests at the media launch. (Images: Melissa Javan)Melissa JavanThe finalists in the 10 categories in the fifth annual South African Premier Business Awards were announced in Johannesburg on Monday, 20 November 2017, at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).The awards are hosted in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry, Brand South Africa and Proudly South African. The winners will be announced at a gala event to be held on 30 January 2018, which will take the theme “Rewarding Business Excellence”.“The awards seek to recognise and celebrate entrepreneurs and companies that invest in both human and technical resources in various activities that are producing quality products and services,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in his keynote address.They recognised and honoured local enterprises that promoted the spirit of success, innovation, job creation, quality and good business ethics in South Africa’s business community. “They will also showcase the best that South Africa has to offer in terms of products and services made in South Africa.”The awards were not about winning money, the minister stressed; rather, it was about prestige – which the department hoped to increase. The finalists should be proud that they had reached this level of the competition.Minister Rob DaviesSponsors and affiliate partnersThe sponsors of the South African Premier Business Awards are Tsogo Sun, the JSE (affiliate partner) and Wits Business School (academic partner).The prizes are:Wits Business School will provide executive development programmes to qualifying employees from selected winners to the total value of R1-million.The Investor of the Year will get JSE-accredited training for five of the company’s executives or staff members.Tsogo Sun will give weekend accommodation to select winners anywhere in South Africa.Thanking the sponsors, Davies said: “This is a sign that we can work together to make South Africa better.”There were 179 nominations this year.The finalistsInvestors AwardQK Meats SADefy AppliancesSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaCoega Development CorporationExporters AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaSimplus InnovationQK Meats SAAerosud AviationGEW TechnologiesEnterprise Development Support AwardSumitomo Rubbers South AfricaNational Urban Reconstruction and Housing AgencyParamixedNampak ProductsSasol South AfricaManufacturers AwardNdokhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierExodusThekwini Wire & FastnersThata Ubeke ManufacturingBlack Industrialists AwardNdokhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierThekwini Wire & FastnersThata Ubeke ManufacturingShandos ConstructionBlessing ConnectSMME AwardMaid 4 ULulaway HoldingsMzwethembela TradingFloida Engineering ServicesBarui Briehoek CooperativeNdoukhulu Hydraulic and Mining SupplierKhuphulanani Training InstituteYoung Entrepreneur AwardIntercessor Army FranchingSikuphiwe TradingKreetiv CommunicationsGridbow Engineers and Technical ServicesMasifunde Training CentreIsimangaliso GroupMpiloSimplus InnovationTnM InnovationsWomen-owned Business AwardFloida Engineering ServicesKreetiv CommunicationBBD Steel SuppliesKhuphulanani Training InstituteExodusKhalalaProudly South African Enterprise AwardMaid 4 ULa Van Skin and Body Excellence SystemEkurhuleni Artisans and Skills Training CentrePlay Your Part AwardSihles BrewEkurhuleni Artisan and Skills Training CentreNampak ProductsLittle Green NumberClover Mama Africa TrustWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.