Inspiring South African entrepreneurs celebrated by EY Updated for 2021


Updated: March 5, 2021

Inspiring South African entrepreneurs whose visions shape industries, create new markets and generate employment opportunities while contributing to economic growth and development are being celebrated. 

The trailblazing entrepreneurs are being recognized  by EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. 

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They have been selected and would compete at the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Awards event, an annual gala banquet in Monte Carlo which takes place in June each year.

Entrepreneurs from over 50 countries around the world would compete for one of the most coveted global business awards.

The first award in 1998 saw Adrian Gore of Discovery as the award inaugural winner.

“We are delighted to celebrate and recognize these game-changing entrepreneurs from Southern Africa, and acknowledge their incredible achievements,” said Roderick Wolfenden, EY Africa Markets Leader.

“These entrepreneurs demonstrate extraordinary business acumen, financial performance excellence and inspired strategic direction,” he added.

He said it was “encouraging to see the tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit these business leaders have shown in their environments, which are often characterised by uncertainty and disruption”.

“These and most entrepreneurs embrace bold thinking that often sees opportunity in adversity; a relentless drive to build a better working world; and an unwavering commitment to solving their clients’ issues”.

The 2018 finalists are listed below 

Camelot Group: Deborah Merdjan

Cash Flow Capital: Xan Myburgh

Davipel Trading (Private) Limited: Davison Norupiri

Growthpoint Properties Limited: Norbert Sasse

In2IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd: Saurabh Kumar

Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd: Patrick Thonissen

M&M Brands: Zibusiso Mkhwanazi

Mobicel Communications: Ridhwan Khan

We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd: Dirk van der Walk & Faan van der Walt

Valemount Trading (Pty) Ltd: Damien Westerman

The awards program provides the finalists with an opportunity to connect with local and international businesses, and join a global network of entrepreneurs who share their experiences and perspectives. The Southern Africa awards covers: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia

This year’s award event will be hosted on 29 November 2018 in Johannesburg – South Africa and following that the overall winner will go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in June 2019.


Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on


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