Excitement is building as the winners of the Exporter of the Year Awards 2021 will be announced in less than two months’ time.

In its 26th year, the Exporter of the Year Awards is hosted annually to acknowledge the achievements of Eastern Cape exporters and service providers in the province.

Despite the disruptions of the year, Exporters Eastern Cape is looking forward to recognising exporters and service providers for all their hard work in overcoming and adjusting to the turbulent times.

Entries for the Awards closed in June, and the judging process is currently underway. When judging this year’s entries, the judges will be focusing on innovative initiatives entrants have put in place during these trying times to manage costs and cash flows, retain employment levels, and their plans to recover to pre-Covid turnover levels.

Winners will be announced in the following categories: Transnet Emerging Exporter Award (new category); SJM Flex Environmental Award; SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award; IDC Job Creation Award; Best Provider of Services to Exporters; Best Exporter: Small Business; Best Exporter: Medium Enterprises; Best Exporter: Corporate Category; and Best Exporter: OEM. The Overall Exporter of the Year for 2021 will be chosen from these category winners.

The awards evening, which takes place on Friday, August 20, promises to be a memorable celebration of exporting excellence in the province. The online event will be a blend of live streaming, awards announcements, and pre-recorded speeches.

It promises to offer the same appreciation of local value, superb entertainment, and attendance prizes that exporters have become accustomed to over the years at the awards evening, and will of course, also include a few exciting surprises.

The online nature of the event brings great value to the sponsors and entrants, since the awards can be viewed globally, showcasing company brands to a wider audience. It also offers a special opportunity for companies to invite local, national, and international colleagues and guests to the online awards evening.

Costs of the tickets will be R250 per person. To book your ticket for Exporters EC Exporter of the Year Awards 2021, contact Exporters EC Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen at info@exportersec.co.za.