The 2016 winner of the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year Award is Nqobile
Nkosi, owner of NQ Jewellery Design Services, based in Soweto, which was
announced on 20 October at a gala banquet at the group’s Riverside Sun
Resort on the banks of the Vaal River in Vanderbijlpark.
The event was attended by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, who gave the
keynote address and attended the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs National Supplier
Showcase Exhibition on Friday 21 October.
Among the prizes that Nqobile won were R30 000 from Tsogo Sun, a business
bursary from Tsheto Leadership Academy valued at R20 000, and a professional
business image experience from tweak&STYLE valued at R15 000.
Says Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s GM of Corporate Affairs, “Our wholehearted
congratulations go to Nqobile on his worthy win. In his role as the Tsogo
Sun Entrepreneur of the Year, Nqobile will serve as an inspiring role model
to other entrepreneurs, and set an example of what can be achieved when one
perseveres to overcome obstacles and challenges. Our Entrepreneur of the
Year winners become ambassadors for the programme for the following year;
they talk about their experiences, their secrets to success, as well as the
programme, and they promote their own businesses. We welcome Nqobile as our
seventh ambassador and we have no doubt he will be an inspiration and
contribute to the development of other SMMEs in South Africa.”
Nqobile was one of five Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year Award finalists
who run businesses in a range of market sectors. The other finalists were
Carol Senosi, owner of cleaning services business, Lefa Cleaning Services in
Gauteng; Nq; Lucille Cremen, who owns Cresco Tours in Gauteng; Zinzi Masina,
owner of La Emme Guesthouse; and Meisie Nkosi, owner of Bella Bonni
Guesthouse, both situated in eMalahleni in Mpumalanga.