Motor-manufacturing giant Volkswagen South Africa walked away with top honours in the inaugural Top 50 Award, a Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality incentive initiative to recognize excellence, at a ceremony in Newton Park today.
VWSA, a top investor, employer and exporter in the region over a number of years, just tipped pharmaceutical company Aspen for the top spot. Shatterprufe another well-known national brand based in Nelson Mandela Bay rounded off the top three with the third position.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Dr Danny Jordaan acknowledged the crucial role played by businesses to boost the economy and encouraged the business sector to keep investing in the metro in order to achieve the goals of eradicating poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
The rest of the top ten of the Top 50 are Johnson Controls, Goodyear, Coca-Cola, Continental, Powertech Group, National Oilwell Varco and Transnet.
Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle said: “The Metro now has RI,7 billion in the bank, and if Council decides to continue in this vein, it will stabilise and strengthen the financial position of the metro.
“This morning is about you, our local businesses. We are here to celebrate the fact that you have worked hard in your different companies. We would like to congratulate all of you; your achievements bring forth the spirit of resilience, vision and action which is a living aspiration for all of us attain.
“So as we congratulate you we also celebrate the fact that in your different work environments and your sectors, you remain an inspiration for us to work hard to make this place, a place we can all love to live in,” Premier Masualle added.
The rest making up the top 20 is General Motors South Africa, Ford, Innowind, Boardwalk Sun International, Coega IDZ, Sundays River Citrus Coop, Howden Donkin, SJM Flex, Jendamark and BKB.
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Acting City Manager Johann Mettler said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the business sector, for allowing us this opportunity to celebrate them and their achievements. Our doors are open as the municipality to discuss and share ideas of growing our economy even further.”
One of our top exporters Stucken Group was recognized at number 21, followed by Dynamic Commodities, Lumotech, Supercare, Federal Mogul SA, Tenneco, Afrox, PPC Ltd, Bridgestone, Welfit Oddy, Bagshaw Footwear, Cerebos, Lighting Innovation, Air Products, Coega Dairy, Discovery Health, AGNI Rolling Mill, Baywest Mall, FAW, LR Engineering, Ukuvula Investment Holdings, Mayibuye Fishing, Yenza Manufacturing, Tavcor Motor Group, Eastern Cape Motors, Vantyi & Vantyi, McWilliams & Elliot, Phil Gutsche, Headbush and Stephen Dondolo.
The Top 50 Award is based on the municipality’s trade and investment strategy to retain and recognize investors, past and present, as well as companies which serve the city in terms of economic development and growth through driving competitive growth in key sectors and creating thousands of sustainable employment opportunities.