Investment company supports the underdogs of the economy

Investment management firm Allan Gray has made it its mission to shine a spotlight on the role of artisans in the country, particularly their contribution to the economy and employment sector.

As such, the company annually hosts the Artisans of Mzansi competition, which encourages more young people to join technical and professional careers to create meaningful employment opportunities in their communities.

Simple but effective

The competition took on a simple but effective form.

Entrepreneurs who provide craft services had the opportunity to briefly explain their business model to the audience.

They were then judged by a jury based on Allan Gray.

The winners went home with prizes in the form of cash injections to develop their businesses.

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The gala dinner event was held on December 10th at the Monte Casino in Fourways and was attended by a number of guests – both supporters of the entrepreneurs and Allan Gray’s team.

Senior manager at Allan Gray Makers, Seth Mulli, applauded the selected finalists and invited them to pitch their pitch and encouraged them to keep working as hard as ever.

“Craft entrepreneurs are often at the forefront of innovation and creativity, developing new products, new services and having a positive impact not only on job growth but also on our economy,” he said.

The winners

Thamsanqa Myeza from Imbewenhle Airconditioning and Refrigeration, who won the “Mature Phase” category, walked away with a whopping 200,000 Rand.

The innovation phase was won by Mokete Ratlabala of Learn Base (PTY) LTD who received R100 000 for his company.

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Bontle Mmpela of the Black Beard Group was the leading lady in the growth phase category, also walking away with R100,000.

Rosemary Dube from Mota Yedu won R50,000 in the StartUp Phase category for her brilliant idea.

SME program architect Octavius ​​​​​​Phukubya congratulated Allan Gray Makers on a campaign that identified the country’s underappreciated but vital trades.

“Without artisans, we cannot thrive as a country. So it is fitting that today we celebrate the Artisans of Mzansi.”

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