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14 August 2022

Minara Business Awards Winners 2019

Press Release:25th October 2019, Durban



Durban: An evening of networking with businesspersons, professionals, community leaders, 18 dynamic finalists and 6 winners. The event was graced by the presence of MEC Mrs Nomusa Dube delivering the Keynote address that highlighted the importance of building the economy and updating guests on planned business opportunities. 

The guest list included guests from Durban, Gauteng and Cape Town in attendance at the Minara Chamber of Commerce Business Awards and Gala Dinner 2019.

Minara President presented a very apt address on the Chamber’s role in Business Development which focused on collaboration to better our country’s economy. He also congratulated every finalists and hopes they will each continue with the phenomenal business and community work they are currently engaging and will work closely with the chamber to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and encourages women in business development. 


The awards presentation commenced with a rather emotional and proud ambience as Lifetime Achiever recipients which was awarded posthumously to Dr Shoukat Ali Thokan and Ebrahim Gangat being honoured in the presence of their family and community for their selfless work in building and great contributions to social development in South Africa.

  • The Business of the year award went to jointly to SAFY Group and Osman Optical group, accepting on behalf of the SAFY Group was Director Yusuf Moola and Mr Waheed Osman owner of Osman Optical who both thanked the Almighty and their teams for the success of their respective companies. The Third finalists in this category was Buildrite Hardware who also has grown his company dynamically with several branches creating employment in various areas.
  • The Businessperson of the year proved to be a much more difficult choice for judges as each Businessperson has undoubtedly excelled in their business career. The award for this category was won by Mr Younus Moosa, owner of several business houses within the hospitality Industry.
  • Young and talented software developer Ms Zakia Salod walked off with the Professional achiever 2019 title.   Yusuf Kharwa (CA,Partner) of PWC and Professor Sindile Amina Ngubane were the other two outstanding finalists in this category.
  • Cape Town Businesswoman Zakierah Palekar was a proud recipient of the Businesswoman of the Year 2019 as she was awarded the winner in this category.     
  • A unique industry of Agriculture and to find a young person excelling in this Industry was a total plus for the judges when selecting the winner in this category as Uzair Essack Director of Cape Crop won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Successful entrepreneurs in this category included Riyadh Cassim and Naadir Ghatoo both from Province of Gauteng.
  • The evening displayed Women power as our three female finalists, Nasrin Kadwa, Nuraan Osman and Shenaz Ghood in the Community Builder category showed their selfless commitment in each of the provinces, and there must be one winner which was awarded to Mrs Shenaz Ghood for founding the Dignity store in Gauteng. Indeed this category plays a major role in our country and ultimately every finalists is a winner for their contribution by improving the lives of many South Africans every day.


The winners did not stop there as the evenings programme Director, Ameen Hassen, Head of Standard Bank Shariah Division, announced the winners in the Minara Aziz Hassim Literary competition 2019, winning in the Debut category was former Deputy Minister of Basic Education Mr Enver Surty and established writer Kirsten Miller awarded for the second year in the Main category.

Standard Bank, the awards diamond partner commented as Standard bank, we remain resolute in our commitment to achieving our purpose of driving Africa's growth. Being a truly African organisation allows us to create shared value for all our stakeholders by contributing to their financial wellbeing and the socioeconomic growth of the economies in which we operate. We achieve this through our core strategic focus areas of placing the client at the center of everything that we do (Client Centricity), fully leveraging digital capabilities (Digitization) and delivering fully integrated, full-service solutions that meet all of our clients’ needs.

Through our business operations at Standard Bank, we always strive to be a catalyst for economic change in the communities in which we operate. Our strategic partnership with the Minara Chamber of Commerce in recognising entrepreneurs and businesses who are at the forefront of driving economic growth and employment in our province is the perfect illustration of how we seek to achieve this.

Despite the current prevailing socio -political challenges both in our country and province, opportunities for growth and reform remain vast. Translating these opportunities into economic growth and social upliftment requires courageous leadership as well as a bold entrepreneurial spirit.
We would like to congratulate all the nominees and recipients of the Minara Business Awards 2019. These are
business leaders, captains of industry, thought leaders and entrepreneurs, who personify competence, excellence and resilience despite formidable odds they face daily.

We are truly inspired and encouraged by their tenacity and wish them all the best as they continue to contribute immensely to the prosperity of this beautiful province, we call home.

Minara Chamber of Commerce congratulates all winners and finalists of 2019 on their achievements and anticipates to work together post this event to build future leaders and lead by example for generations to follow.    Mr Suleman also extends his appreciation to all major partners Standard Bank, Capital Group and Vodacom for their contribution to a successful business evening.

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