Michael du Plessis, owner of Grow Green Organics was named Business Person of 2016 by the George Business Chamber. Photos: Pauline Lourens
GEORGE NEWS - The George Business Chamber Business Person of 2016 is Michael du Plessis, the owner of Grow Green Organics in Geelhoutboom.
Du Plessis came out tops amid some tough competition from the group of 15 finalists at a function on Friday night at Bygracealone outside George.
Grow Green Organics is the only manufacturer of Mulch Mushroom Compost in Eden and Western Cape.
They supply this and a variety of other products wholesale as well as to the public for use in flower beds, and vegetable and herb gardens.
Grow Green Organics boasts an earthmoving section and has TLBs (tractors, loaders and backhoes), trucks and other transport with qualified operators for hire.
Du Plessis attributes the company's success to teamwork. "Without well trained personnel, a business can't exist. Over the years we have acquired many loyal clients.
"We strive to provide top-notch service and products and every day of our lives we accept a new challenge.
"We look for and create new opportunities to ensure growth. Always look ahead and keep your eyes on your goal."
Braam Coetzee of Eden Caltex and Elna Schwartz of Avis Rental were the runners-up in the Business Person of the Year category. The finalists received award certificates at the dinner attended by the sponsors, Nedbank and Die Burger, George Mayor Melvin Naik and other VIP guests.
Philip and Linda Moodley of House of Natal Curries received the George Business Chamber Entrepreneur 2016 trophy with Marlon Vorster of Insomniac Party Bus and Errol Jaftha of Seed of Hope the runners-up. Gideon de Swardt who owns Gogga Bicycle Courier received the Youth Ambassador 2016 award. "I am incredibly proud of this award as I worked very hard for it. I hope that my achievement will inspire other young people to follow their dreams and to work hard for what they want," said de Swardt.
Business Chamber Chairman Dr Willie Cilliers said the ties forged with George Municipality as well as with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University bode well for future job creation initiatives. Over the past few years the chamber has trained 500 new entrepreneurs and helped to create many job opportunities.
On top of this the chamber staged 173 events attended by 3 000 people over the past year. Chief Executive Officer Ingrid Cronje and her right-hand Mary Anne Loose were applauded for their hard work. Jovan and Thelma Heyns provided the entertainment and EdenFM radio presenter Henricus Gysman was the MC.
Guest speaker Alan Mukoki, Chief Executive Officer of South Africa Chambers of Commerce and Industry, highlighted the job opportunities that would be created when technological advancements are brought about in South Africa.
Gideon de Swardt, George Business Chamber Youth Ambassador of the Year 2016. He is a familiar sight in George doing deliveries as owner of Gogga Bicycle Courier. Congratulating him is Wendy Pio of Die Burger.