The finalists for this year’s entrepreneurship awards range from top exporters of natural goods, to businesses who are helping unemployed residents gain skills to support their families.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, congratulated the 15 finalists who were selected from 227 entries. Launched in 2013, PERA is an initiative of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, which seeks to honour excellence in entrepreneurship.

“The finalists are achieving success in a wide range of sectors. All the finalists are drivers of growth, providing employment for residents. In some cases, firms are promoting the Western Cape in key export markets, while others are bringing economic opportunities closer to communities. Each story showcases the importance of entrepreneurship and the difference it makes in people’s lives. Across all categories, it is encouraging to see how firms are embracing innovation and positively disrupting their respective industries. I wish all the finalists well ahead of the awards,” said Minister Winde.

Premier Helen Zille will join finalists for the awards ceremony on 20 November at the Century City Conference Centre. In each of the five categories, three finalists were selected, and a winner will be announced in each category. The respective PERA category winners and those in second and third place will be awarded as follows: Winner (R75 000), second place (R35 000), third place (R25 000).

A panel of ten judges scored finalists on a set of criteria including growth, jobs, innovation, industry relevance, sustainability, creativity and socio-economic impact. – Press Release

Please see below the 2017 PERA finalists:

Category Finalist About the business
Emerging Business Almond Creamery

Adri Geyser

Almond Creamery was established in 2015. The produce is made with a combination of coconut, macadamia nuts and almonds for improved flavour and nutrition. Their milk is naturally sweetened, preservative free and almost entirely locally sourced.

Ryan Roberts

The Original DeskStand™ is an adjustable standing desk workstation placed on top of a desk and is used as a healthy alternative to sitting all day. The business owners cite improved posture, longer periods of focus and higher energy levels as a few of the benefits of the product.
Eden All Natural

Debbie Ncube

Eden All Natural manufactures natural peanut butter with 100% peanuts, no additives, no preservatives/hydrogenated oils and no sugar or salt.
Established Business Cango Wildlife Ranch

Andrew and Glen Eriksen

Cango Wildlife Ranch is considered among the world’s top tourist attractions and conservation education destinations. Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, this multi-accredited facility takes visitors on a one hour fully-guided tour to view 90 species of mostly endangered animals and is open 365 days of the year.
DJ Rigging

Romy and Nick Fredericks

DJ Rigging started with one business in Cape Town, conducting maintenance in the petroleum industry.

A branch was opened in Johannesburg, resulting in the transition from maintenance to projects.

Mologadi LNL

Lerato Nxumalo


Mologadi LNL was established in 2013 to provide vegetation management services. The company is operating in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu-Natal and Limpopo with its head office in Cape Town.
Global Business Afrigetics

Steve Hurt

One of the leading exporters of Southern African medicinal herbs, teas, oils and foods to the international wellness and pharmaceutical industries.

Kerry Motherwell

Developing new products and designing small, containerised hospital systems for Africa – specialising in onsite oxygen and nitrogen generators.

Daryn Smith & Graeme Wilson

MPULL focuses on customer-journey development and optimisation. They have partnered with HubSpot, an international growth platform, to scale, automate and measure customer journeys. The goal is to ensure a return on investment in sales and marketing.
Innovative Business



Elouise Joseph, Deidre Eigelaar and Liebre Jacobs

FruitLips is a fruit manufacturing company delivering jams, marmalades, chutneys and fruit in syrup to selected retail stores. The focus of FruitLips is to create high-quality fresh, hand-made jams.
Have You Heard Marketing

Ryan McFadyen and Jason Stewart

hyh was launched in 2008 as South Africa’s first specialist word-of-mouth agency. Since then they have emerged as a unique insights- and influencer-informed organisation.
Whipping the Cat

Graeme Wilson

Whipping the Cat was founded in late 2013 with a vision to be a dominant NewLaw firm, which is a new way to practice law and has a focus on innovation. The firm’s goal is to be a preferred fixed cost legal partner to modern small and medium size businesses. Their key practice area is corporate and commercial law.
Social Business


Fix Forward

Joshua Cox

Fix Forward equips tradesmen from low-income communities with the skills they need to grow a successful business and connects them to clients. These skills cover all building related trades.
Pimp My Book

Mpodumo Doubada

Pimp My Book (PMB) specialises in products that students need to succeed in their studies. This includes textbooks, stationery, technology products and accessories. Students can buy used textbooks or sell them back for cash. PMB is the largest provider of used textbooks in the country, and is the fourth largest academic bookstore chain in South Africa.
The Clothing Bank

Tracey Chambers and Tracey Gilmore

Their vision is to inspire, provide skill and support unemployed South Africans to eradicate poverty in their lives.

They achieve their vision through empowering unemployed women (95% are mothers) and men (90% are fathers) to start small businesses to enable them to become financially and socially independent.







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