Mossel Bay Companies scoop PMR Africa Awards

Marcia Holm with Mossel Bay Tourism's award

Five local companies and individuals scooped business leadership awards at the PMR Africa Southern Cape and Karoo Region Leaders and Achievers Awards Breakfast which took place at the Hyatt Regency Oubaai Golf Resort & Spa on the 18th of July. 

PMR Africa is a Gauteng-based consultancy that publishes a monthly magazine that aims to enhance excellence in industry through independently financed research and reporting. 

The 24 award winners in the Southern Cape Region were chosen after a survey in which CEOs, MDs, owners of companies, company directors, senior employees, and senior local and provincial government officials were interviewed during February, March and April of this year. 

The ratings were based on the perceptions of the respondents using heuristics (experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery) as a research tool. The survey placed particular emphasis on evaluating and measuring customer service and customer satisfaction, and aimed to profile the Southern Capeand Karoo Region as a growth point and potential investment area for foreign and local developers and investors. 

Companies, institutions, government entities and individuals were measured on their competencies, their contribution to the economic growth and development of theSouthern Capeand Karoo Region, and their management expertise and corporate governance. Brand awareness, marketing efforts and levels of innovation were also taken into account. 

CEO of PMR Africa, Johan Hattingh, said that the Award Function aimed “to honour and applaud businesses, institutions, organisations, NGOs, cities and towns and individuals in business or government who are perceived as leaders, achievers and role models in theSouthern Capeand Karoo Region.” 

In the category ‘Achievers rated on their contribution to the economic growth and development of the Southern Cape and Karoo region – Companies or institutions demonstrating exceptional managerial and corporate governance qualities over the past 12 months,” Mossel Bay Advertiser won a Bronze Arrow Award for community newspapers with a rating of 3.50 (out of a maximum of 5.0), Life Bay View Hospital won a Gold award with a rating of 3.86, and M Sec Security Systems won a Bronze award with a rating of 3.50, while Mossel Bay Tourism won a Diamond with a rating of 4.25 for “Companies/institutions doing most to enhance tourism.” 

In addition, Pierre Venter, President of the Mossel Bay Business Chamber, won a Diamond Arrow Award with a rating of 4.15 in the category “Outstanding service and contribution to the economic growth and development of the region by business persons.” 

Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm said that her company was particularly honoured to have been recognised in the PMR Africa Awards because “it’s really a recognition based on a jury of our peers in the private and public sectors. 

“Mossel Bay Tourism was the only local or regional tourism office amongst the finalists, and I think this is because local business people and government officials recognise our pro-active and innovative approach to the marketing of our town and the region as a whole.” 

Martin Hatchuel, René Bongers, and Marcia Holm (Mossel Bay Tourism); Melissa Hills, Jeneane Scheepers, and Lindie Schraader (Mossel Bay Advertiser), Hennie Burger (M Sec Security) and Pierre Venter (Mossel Bay Business Chamber) with their PMR Africa Awards. (Absent: Lukas Greeve of Life Bayview Hospital).

Pierre Venter said that he was excited that Mossel Bay Tourism and the Mossel Bay Business Chamber were recognised in the same forum because, he believed, it was a recognition of the fact that the two are working more and more closely together. 

“Ultimately, business and tourism are intricately connected,” he said. 

More information: 

LifeBayView PrivateHospital– www.bayviewprivatehospital.co.za

M Sec Security – www.msec.co.za

MosselBay– www.visitmosselbay.co.za

MosselBayAdvertiser – www.mosselbayadvertiser.com

MosselBayBusiness Chamber – www.mosselbaychamber.co.za

PMRAfrica– www.pmrafrica.com

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