EThekwini Municipality and Invest Durban presented with
eight prestigious awards at annual PMR.africa KwaZulu-Natal
Province Business Excellence Awards Ceremony

> EThekwini Municipality and its investments promotion unit,
Invest Durban, have collectively scooped no fewer than eight
Diamond Arrow Awards in the prestigious PMR.africa awards,
an annual awards event which is designed to augment
competitiveness, enhance excellence and set benchmarks in
industry.

> PMR.africa, a division of CJ Hattingh & Sons, is a leading
South African consultancy and research company. It publishes
a business journal, together with an online version, serving
as a vehicle for the publication of the results of its
various surveys, thus branding companies and institutions
identified in such surveys as entities with massive
potential, whilst recognising excellence across all industry
sectors.

> The 2018 PMR.africa KwaZulu-Natal Province Business
Excellence Awards Ceremony, held at the Greyville Convention
Centre yesterday, 23 October saw eThekwini Municipality,
incorporating Invest Durban, being nominated as the
‘Highest Rated’ municipality in a total of eight
different categories.

> Invest Durban (formerly known as DIPA), a unit of the
eThekwini Municipality responsible for the vital promotion
and facilitation of new business investment in Greater
Durban, received Diamond Awards in two categories, namely
Municipalities doing most to attract foreign/international
investment to KwaZulu-Natal and Municipalities doing most to
attract local investment in KwaZulu-Natal.

> Top honours in a further six categories went to eThekwini
Municipality. These included

> Municipalities doing most for social upliftment in
KwaZulu-Natal, Municipalities doing most for job creation in
KwaZulu-Natal, Municipalities doing most to fight crime in
KwaZulu-Natal, Municipalities doing most to develop and
enhance infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal, Municipalities
doing most to clean the environment in KwaZulu-Natal  and
Municipalities doing most to attract tourism to
KwaZulu-Natal.

> Commenting on the swathe of awards, the result of
PMR.africa’s annual survey of KwaZulu-Natal, undertaken
in April and May this year, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede
said: “We are greatly encouraged and very pleased that
our business stakeholders and other community leaders are
recognising the renewed efforts by eThekwini Municipality to further improve in key performance areas. By winning these
awards, we do not want to be complacent, we need to work
hard unceasingly to ensure that eThekwini is head and
shoulders above the rest at all times”

> She added: “I must congratulate all the members of my
management team for their hard work which has culminated in
stakeholder recognition of their concerted and unified
efforts and which enables them to enjoy the accolades which
go with the presentation of these highly coveted
awards.”

> The awards function provided an opportunity for PMR.africa
to present its esteemed Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze
awards to companies, institutions and individuals that have
excelled. The event is widely regarded as a public
acknowledgement of the valued contributions and sheer hard
work of award recipients.

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