EXPORTS: Capespan Wins Export Competition
Recent Western Cape Business News
This is the second time that Capespan has walked away with the top honours for the company was the overall winner in 2004.
Capespan’s success flows from the way they overcame the seasonal nature of fruit exporting from South Africa. The company did this by becoming a global operator, buying fresh products in many parts of the world so that it could offer clients a flow of fresh fruit, vegetables and value-added products for 12 months of the year.
The award was the second major success for the company this year as Capespan’s British company won the Importer of the Year Competition in the UK.
SA Snail (Elezane Industries) was named the Small Exporter of the Year. This black-owned and managed company collects snails from the Cape’s orchards and vineyards, processes them and exports 60 tons a year to Europe. The Hermanus firm was started as a community development project to provide work for the unemployed. It is the first BEE company to win an award in the ABSA/Cape Regional Chamber Exporter of the Competition.
The Transnet National Ports Authority award for a non-manufacturing company went to FirstCape Wines. This joint-venture company brought together farmers and winemakers to supply quality wine to the UK market, mainly through supermarkets.
The Transnet Port Terminals award in the Engineering and manufacturing sector went to Technical Systems. The company makes automated feeding systems for intensive poultry and pig farms which are exported to more than 50 countries. Technical Systems was the overall winner in 2003.The other finalists were Abagold (abalone), Belmet Marine (engineering), Swartland Winery and Union-Swiss (Bio-Oil).
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