The 18th Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism (KLCBT) Annual Awards held recently is a showcase of Excellence, rewarding outstanding business achievements, sound business practices and recognising businesses and individuals who truly make a difference within the Kruger Lowveld Community.
As the competition is always tough, every business announced as a finalist can be proud of their achievements in the current economic conditions. “With only 10 awards given this year, this event is highly prestigious and the only one of its kind in the region. Only 9 of the awards are contested, which businesses entered for, and after an extensive adjudication process, the finalists and winners are selected.
The process includes telephonic surveys with clients and suppliers of the business, followed by an evaluation of their financial growth and corporate social investment. Surprisingly, the entry form is only two pages long and all the hard work is done by KLCBT, not the contestant. There are no personal interviews and no public voting system. We choose the best business on all levels, awards are given based on merit, not popularity or perception.”
The President’s Award was the only special award given this year. There were no finalists for this and the recipient did not know that they will receive an award. The President’s Award was introduced only 4 years ago and goes to a recipient that has made an unrivalled contribution to the Kruger Lowveld economy over several generations.
The KLCBT / Tshwane University of Technology Innovation Award is a new awards, replacing the Innovation in Tourism award from last year. “We thought it necessary to open it to the general business arena, as Innovation is desperately needed in all sectors to facilitate economic growth in our region. The award honours any business or project or initiative that provides something out of the ordinary – an exciting new product that will enhance the suite of tourism or business offerings in the beautiful Kruger Lowveld. The panel of judges is the KLCBT board, who vote by secret ballot which one of the finalists is the most innovative in their opinion. “
The Graskop Lift Company won this prestigious award, after taking local tourism by storm since this innovative project was launched. “This is a perfect example of what is required to give our tourism offering a “lift”, – well, you build a lift! Modern travelers seek experiences, not just a clean bed and a friendly welcome. We are convinced the Glass Lift has inspired many other entrepreneurs and government to think of our natural scenic beauty in a whole new way.”