The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosebank was the venue for the annual 2013 Sanlam Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year Awards this year and one of the top awards, the 2013 Life Time Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship went to Margaret Hirsch, Chief Operations Officer and a founding partner of the Hirsch Group – the largest independently owned appliance and electronics retail company in South Africa.
This award comes in the wake of Margaret winning the Top Women Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Women Empowered Community Programme Award. She was also BWASA’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012 and has received several other awards over the last few years for achievements in the business sector.
Other finalists were: Andrew Brown – “The Daily Buzz”, who won Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year; Jonathan Pepler – “ Silverline Group”, who won Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year; Tommy Makhatho – “ Bibi Cash and Carry”, who won Job Creator of the Year and 2013 Sanlam Entrepreneur of the Year went to Paul Kent – “ SureSwipe” Anton Rossouw and Mariaan Du Plessis – “Life Path Health”, won Innovator of the Year Award
The Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African SMEs. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.