Congratulations to Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) as the Overall Winner of the 24th annual Exporter of the Year Awards as well as all the merit award and category winners. 

Exporters Eastern Cape Chairman Quintin Levey said that all the winners and merit award winners richly deserved their awards and congratulated all the participants for their outstanding achievements over the past year.

As a major exporter at the Port Elizabeth harbour, VWSA this year exported over 75 000 cars (valued at about R15,6-billion) to countries such a Britain, Ireland, Australia and Japan, increasing the company’s exports by 37%. The company also exported over 65 000 engines to India and Malaysia.

VWSA Chairman and Managing Director Thomas Schaefer said he was proud and humbled to receive the awards, especially the accolade of the Overall Winner of Exporter of the Year 2019.

“Exporting is an important part of our business as the majority of our vehicle and component production is exported to international markets. Over the years our export volumes have increased, which has been good for the sustainability of our business, as well as our suppliers,” said Schaefer.

Other merit and category winners announced during last night’s awards evening included:

SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award

  • Winner: La Mohair

SJM Flex Environmental Award

  • First Merit Award: SMA Engineering
  • Second Merit Award: Eberspächer South Africa
  • Third Merit Award: Volkswagen Group South Africa
  • Winner: Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

IDC Job Creation Award

  • First Merit Award: Sovereign Foods
  • Second Merit Award: Shatterprufe
  • Third Merit Award: Volkswagen Group South Africa
  • Winner: Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa 

Best provider of services to exporters

  • First Merit Award for Major Accomplishments: Coega Development Corporation
  • Second Merit Award for Major Accomplishments and Improvement of Profitability: BLG Logistics of South-Africa
  • Winner: Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade)

Best exporter: Small business

  • Merit Award for Improvement in Export Profitability: La Mohair
  • Winner: S4 Integration

Best exporter: Medium enterprise

  • Winner: Sovereign Foods

Best exporter: Corporate

  • First Merit Award for Increase in Export Turnover: Talhado Fishing Enterprises
  • Second Merit Award for Entrepreneurial Export Flair: Eberspächer South Africa
  • Third Merit Award for Entrepreneurial Export Flair: G Modiano Ltd.
  • Winner: Shatterprufe

Best exporter: OEM

  • Merit Award for Major Accomplishments: Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa
  • Winner: Volkswagen Group South Africa

Thank you to all the sponsors of the 2019 Exporter of the Year Awards including Transnet National Ports Authority (Platinum), Absa (Gold), Volkswagen Group South Africa (Gold), Magnetic Storm (Gold), Oracle Media (Gold), SJM Flex SA (Silver), Industrial Development Corporation (Silver) and Sasfin Commercial Solutions – Global Trade (Bronze), Kingfisher FM (Media), The Herald (Media) and RNews (Media).