by Samantha James

Powerhouse performers

Frost and Sullivan awarded nine companies for their precedent-setting, best-in-class practices

Nine SA companies were awarded for being the best in their fields
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These prestigious awards, based on growth consulting firm Frost & Sullivan’s rigorous TEAM Research™ methodology, highlight the achievements of African companies delivering excellence and best practices in their respective industries. 

Awardees were lauded for exceptional growth and market strategies, product development abilities, competitive advancement skills, technology innovation, entrepreneurship, as well as dedicated customer focus.

Speaking at the evening’s proceedings, Hendrik Malan, operations director for Africa at Frost & Sullivan, explained: “Our long-established awards programme recognises companies demonstrating a unique approach to doing business in their markets. Frost & Sullivan celebrates these ideas and strategies driving corporate growth."

“The companies receiving awards have shown innovation, competitiveness and leadership in meeting the particular demands of doing business in the current economic climate," remarked Birgitta Cederstrom, head of Best Practices & Growth Innovation Leadership for Africa. "The products and services that we recognise should be applauded as examples of how to effectively optimise strategies, performance and processes in Africa.”

The nine awardees were drawn from diverse sectors including information and communication technology (ICT), healthcare, energy and power supplies, industrial automation and process control, and chemicals, materials and foods.

The ICT sector was strongly represented with Neotel, Business Connexion, Vodacom South Africa and 1stream, among the awardees.

The following companies were acknowledged by Frost & Sullivan:

Business Connexion – 2012 South African Managed Services Customer Value Enhancement Award

Neotel – 2012 South African ICT Competitive Strategy Leadership Award

Vodacom South Africa – 2012 South African Network Management Services Vertical Market Penetration Leadership Award

1stream – 2012 South African Hosted Contact Centre Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

Ziehm Imaging – 2012 African Mobile Surgical C-Arm Market Penetration Leadership Award

KS Energy Ltd – 2012 African Power Generation Competitive Strategy Leadership Award 

Diesel Electric Services (Pty) Ltd – 2012 African Genset Competitive Strategy Leadership Award

Peninsula Drums – 2012 South African Industrial Packaging Product Differentiation Excellence Award

Invensys Operations Management – 2012 South African Automation & Control Solutions (ACS) Growth Leadership Award

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