For a night that was filled with much glamour, the occasion was befitting and complemented the standard bestowed towards the much anticipated 4th annual Business and Tourism Awards ceremony, organised by the local municipality and the Board of Tourism, and hosted by television personality Penny Lebyane.
Many local business associates were gathered at the Endhawini Lodge in Mabumbu to witness the occasion; “We acknowledge the presence of young and old entrepreneurs who managed to achieve milestones in different businesses,” Sylvia Nxumalo, the executive mayor said.
“This ceremony is taking place in a month which is very important in the history of our country as we celebrate youth month. It is a significant month to reflect on youth development, including progress made by young people in our municipality; economic emancipation is indeed the biggest challenge faced by the youth of South Africa today.”
The best business people in Bushbuckridge were awarded with certificates of excellence, trophies and prize monies, varying on the category, ranging from best graded/non-graded, cultural accommodation, tented camps, boutique hotels, conference facilities, best non-profit organisations, chefs and more.
Eulender Manzini was awarded the best chef; “I’m very happy for having been recognised here tonight. I would like to encourage people to follow their passions because I used to work, but then I quit my previous full-time job to study culinary and now I’m doing my own instead of working for someone else, so let us get rid of that mentality as young people,” she said.
Phetulo Bango from Cottondale Youth Development Centre was very happy to have won the best non-profit organisation. He said that their organisation helps many young people in their community about many social issues that they’re faced with, such as university applications, family planning, talent shows, business plans etc.