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Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year finalists announced

Three women-owned businesses from various provinces in South
Africa have been selected as finalists for an annual award honouring
excellence and high potential in emerging enterprises.
Tsogo Sun on Thursday announced the contenders for the 2019 Tsogo Sun
Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which recognises excellent entrepreneurial
performance among registered beneficiaries of the Tsogo Sun Hotels’ and
Tsogo Sun Gaming enterprise and supplier development programme, the Tsogo
Sun Entrepreneurs. The nationwide programme started in 2005 and currently
supports 259 businesses across all industries.

“Tsogo Sun runs this programme in-house to develop emerging businesses as
part of its commitment to transformation, and to create employment to
contribute towards the growth of the South African economy,” general manager
of corporate affairs Candy Tothill said in a statement.
“The seriousness with which the entrepreneurs are running their businesses
and providing employment for themselves and for others is matched by the
sober approach that the programme takes towards their development, and it
has been extremely rewarding to see the strides that have been made in their
progress over the years.”

Tothill said that the 2019 entries were of a number and calibre unmatched in
previous years and commented on the fact that through the stringent
shortlisting process, the three finalist businesses were all women owned.
“That we have arrived at a place in our society where women can competently
compete in the business world – and outshine their male counterparts – is
testament to the surge of gender equality rising in our nation.”

The finalists are Anthea Paulse and Cecilia Cupido owners of Be-Dazzled
Party & Décor Hiring in the Western Cape; Yvonne Manyiki owner of Dimzique
Jewellery Enterprise in the Western Cape; and Belinda Francis owner of Tych
Business Solutions that operates in KZN, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape.
The finalists were rigorously assessed by a panel of judges that included
leadership from Proudly South African, Smart Procurement, 2020 Insight, the
Township Entrepreneurs Alliance, HCI and Tsogo Sun, as well as a past Tsogo
Sun Entrepreneur of the Year winner.
The award provides a platform for the winner to serve as a programme
ambassador, to promote their business and to serve as a role model for other
owners of emerging businesses in South Africa.
The award winner will receive R100,000 from Tsogo Sun in support of a
specifically identified business need, and an executive coaching package
valued at R20,000 from the programme’s partner, Tsheto Leadership and
Coaching Academy. The two runners-up will each receive R10,000 from Tsogo
Sun in recognition of their performance.
The winner will be announced on November 7 at the conclusion of a two-day
conference and exhibition in Sandton.
To learn more about the finalists and their businesses, watch their films in
Season 1 of the Legacy Series on the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs YouTube

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