Exporter of the Year 2020 – Entries are now open!

Exporter of the Year 2020 – Entries are now open!

Entries for Exporter of the Year 2020 is now open! Closing date is 1 June 2020!


The Exporter of the Year Awards honours and acknowledges exporters and service providers to industry who have excelled in the period under review.

Exporters Eastern Cape chairman Quintin Levey encouraged everyone to enter. “If you do not enter you cannot win. Tell your friends to enter, and their friends to enter,” Levey said. He went on to add that judging all entries is a thorough and robust task. “Judging criteria include qualitative and quantitative and all judges are independent from the exporters,” Levey said.

The value of winning an Exporters Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year Award had a wide range of meanings to the diverse group of top exporters in the Eastern Cape in 2019. However, one thing was certain – they would recommend participation in the awards to all exporters.

From building morale through tough times, to being recognised by peers and staff, some of the category winners shared the impact of winning the awards had on their companies.

The winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business in 2019, was S4 Integration and according to S4 Integration New Business Development Manager Ettienne Gerwel winning the award had an amazing impact on the business.

“Congratulations to all of the other winners and I would encourage exporters to enter again next year. We have one goal and that is to take the Eastern Cape to the world, and therefore we are all winners as members of Exporters Eastern Cape,” said Gerwel.


The winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award and Merit Award Winner in the category Best Exporter: Small Business was La Mohair. La Mohair Owner Larissa Primmer said the award meant a lot to her company during a challenging year because of the effect of the drought on the production of mohair. The company, which employs 10 permanent workers, exports 95% of its mohair products.

“Thank you to the Exporters Eastern Cape for acknowledging us with the award, the informative sessions as well as the networking opportunities,” said Primmer.


The Winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Award, the IDC Job Creation Award and Merit Award Winner in the Best Exporter: OEM category was Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.

Ford Struandale Engine Plant Material, Planning and Logistics Manager Paul Brooks said Ford was extremely happy with the award – which gave recognition to a great year of hard work, dedication and commitment.

“Going forward all I can say is watch this space. We plan to build 250 000 vehicles in the next two years. The Eastern Cape is a major hub of the automotive sector and we will continue with our outreach programmes in the region. We want to thank Exporters Eastern Cape for the opportunity given to us with this award,” said Brooks.


Winner of the Best Provider of Services to Exporters was Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade).

Sasfin Commercial Solutions (Global Trade) National Manager Brenden Adriaanzen said the excitement of winning the award was amazing – especially the Monday morning following the awards ceremony back at the office, when all 52 staff members celebrated the award.

“It was such a proud feeling, since the award belongs to everyone. We received letters of congratulations from all over and the award was also wonderful free advertising and marketing,” said Adriaanzen.


Exporter of the Year Categories:

  • IDC Job Creation Award (Exporters who have created the most number of new sustainable jobs within their business in the last financial year)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Practice Award (Exporters who have not yet achieved environmental accreditation and who pursue activities towards Environmental Sustainability)
  • SJM Flex Environmental Award (Exporters who have environmental accreditation and who pursue excellence in environmental management)
  • Best Provider of Services to Exporters (All service providers to the export industry)
  • Best Exporter: Small Business (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover below R25-million)
  • Best Exporter: Medium Enterprises (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover between R25-million and R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: Corporate Category (Exporters with direct and indirect export turnover greater than R200-million)
  • Best Exporter: OEM (Exporters who are manufacturers or original equipment for the automotive industry)
  • Exporter of the Year 2020 (The entity which, in the judges’ opinion, achieved the most success in the period under review.)


Judging Process:

Judging all entries is a thorough and robust task. Judging criteria include qualitative and quantitative and all judges are independent from the exporters.

Please refer to the judging criteria scorecard when completing your entry form, as this should guide you in the amount of information required in each area of the entry form.

The judges scoring on the quantitative information will be performed in terms a matrix, to ensure consistent scoring for these factors from all the judges.

The judges will therefore spend more time on the qualitative factors on the scorecard. For this reason the scorecard has been updated for the qualitative factors and the entry from has been updated to align with the new scorecard.


Sponsorship Opportunities:

If you would like to partner with Exporters Eastern Cape in hosting the prestigious Awards Evening contact Suzanne Vermeulen at info@exportersec.co.za or at 083 291 5214.


The Annual Exporter of the Year 2020 Banquet will take place on Friday, 14 August 2020 at the Boardwalk International Convention Centre.

Contact the Branch Coordinator, Suzanne Vermeulen on info@exportersec.co.za or the Chairman, Quintin Levey on 083 489 2232  if you have any questions.


Closing date for entries is 1 June 2020.

WATCH NOW: Tips on How to Complete the Entry Form!

Export Growth Panel Discussion – 4 March 2020

Export Growth Panel Discussion – 4 March 2020

You are invited to a Panel Discussion with Exporters Eastern Cape on Wednesday, 4 March 2020 at Radisson Blu Hotel.

TOPIC: Export growth over the last 40 years. What is the future? What challenges were overcome and milestones achieved?



  • Thomas Schaefer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group South Africa – Automotive Industry
  • Hannes de Waal, Managing Director of Sundays River Citrus Company – Citrus Industry
  • Paul Lynch, Director of South African Wool & Mohair Buyers’ Association NPC (SAWAMBA) – Wool Industry
  • Lauren Goddard, ZA Regional Country Sales Manager of Expeditors International – Logistics Industry


DATE:     Wednesday, 4 March 2020

TIME:      17:30 for 18:00 to 20:00

VENUE:  Radisson Blu Hotel, Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth



Annual Golf Day 2020

Annual Golf Day 2020

Make sure your company are represented by booking a 4Ball, Tee or sponsoring a prize!


Join Exporters Eastern Cape for a day on the green at Wedgewood Golf Club for our Annual Golf Day on Thursday, 28 May 2020.

Thank you to SJM Flex SA for supporting Exporters Eastern Cape as the main sponsor of the Annual Golf Day!



Enjoy a day on the green with fellow members!


Book a Tee for maximum brand exposure and the opportunity to network with golfers and members from leading companies in the metro!


Not a golfer or can’t make it on the day. Sponsor a 4ball prize!. This can be vouchers, hampers, wine sets, bags, promotional gift sets and more.



Download the booking form and send to Suzanne Vermeulen at info@exportersec.co.za.

Entries will be handled on first come first serve basis as field is limited to 120 players.

Plant Tour with Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

Plant Tour with Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa

You are invited to a plant tour on Friday, 7 February 2020 with Exporters Eastern Cape and Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, the 2019 category winner of the SJM Flex Environmental Award, IDC Job Creation Award and the Merit Award Winner of the Best Exporter – OEM.

REQUIREMENTS: Closed shoes only – no takkies/sneakers/sandals/open shoes or heels allowed; Long pants only – no shorts or skirts allowed; kindly note that no photography or video is allowed within the plant.

Two tours will take place, only 24 spots available per tour!



DATE:          Friday, 7 February 2020

TOUR 1:      07:30 for 08:00 to 09:30 (FULLY BOOKED)

TOUR 2:      09:00 for 09:30 to 11:00  (FULLY BOOKED)

VENUE:      Struandale Plant, Struanway, Port Elizabeth


Contact Suzanne at info@exportersec.co.za to enquire about availability on the tours.

National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards – March 2020

National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards – March 2020

The AIDC would like to invite you to attend the National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards in Gauteng (Venue to be confirmed) on 19 March 2020 at 8:00AM.

Download below the documents with more details about the conference and competition as well as  the entry form should you be interested to participate in the competition.

What does Kaizen mean?

Kaizen is Japanese word for “improvement” or “change for the better”. It is a philosophy or set of practices that focus on continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering services, supporting business processes and management. The kaizen concept stimulates productivity improvement as an ongoing process in companies. The kaizen competition is organised to recognise and encourage automotive manufacturing suppliers which give importance to continuous improvements through kaizens.

History of Kaizen Seminar now National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards March 2020

The AIDC Eastern Cape hosted the first ever Kaizen Seminar in conjunction with AIDC Gauteng in March 2015. It was agreed that the seminar will alternate between the two provinces and the focus will be on increasing the number of kaizen participants and attendees. The National Automotive Kaizen Conference and Awards is the 1st to be organised by AIDC and will encourage the automotive 1st, 2nd & 3rd tier suppliers as well as SMMEs and Black Industrialists to participate.

What does the AIDC want to achieve from this?

The competition is conducted for operators, supervisors and first level managers of companies that is currently implementing kaizen initiatives or have made improvements in the previous 4 years (2015-2019). The competition will recognise and award the companies who have adopted kaizens not only at the shopfloor but, also other areas of the business such as office area, scrap yard, stores etc. The aim is to improve “SPQCDM&E” (Safety, Productivity, Quality, Cost, Delivery, Morale & Environment).

  1. Create more awareness of kaizen
  2. Recognise companies that pursue kaizen by encouraging participation through competition
  3. Share knowledge and learning and improve continuous improvement culture within the automotive manufacturing suppliers

Kaizen Categories

There will be 2 levels of kaizens to be presented, with a winner in each category

Category 1: Shopfloor kaizen (Supervisor Level and downwards)

Category 2: Engineer/Manager kaizen (Engineer level and upwards)


Kindly send all responses to: kaizenconference2020@aidc.co.za

Should you require further assistance please contact:  bmbatyoti@aidc.co.za (Beauty Mbatyoti)


Export Awareness Workshop 2019

Export Awareness Workshop 2019

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Bay Export Helpdesk, cordially invites you to an Export Awareness Workshop. Current and prospective exporters within Nelson Mandela Bay are encouraged to attend.

The focus of the workshop will be on:

  • How to participate and apply for Global Exporter Passport Programme.
  • How to apply for dti National Pavilions, Missions and ITI’s.
  • The dti’s incentive schemes (EMIA), SEFA, Export preparation and readiness.
  • Offerings and Services by (ECDC, SARS, ABSA, SEDA, The Business Chamber, The Business Place and more).

The details of the workshop are as follows:
Date: 8 November 2019
Time: 09:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Business Place, 1st Floor, Kwantu Towers, Govan Mbeki

RSVP by Monday, 4 November 2019 by completing the form below and email it to Ms Siphokazi Ngombane at sngombane@mandelametro.gov.za.  For more information contact her at 041 503 7533.

Please note that seats are limited and reservations will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis.