The Business and Investment Guide for KwaZulu-Natal
Publisher of the KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Portfolio
The concept for the KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Portfolio originated in 1997, when a request for information on investment opportunities in KZN from an international investor, heralded no co-ordinated source of information, no material that was quickly accessible, up-to-date and easy to reference.
Instead, a motley assortment of documents, leaflets and photocopies were assembled in the hope of attracting investment to our province. While this was not the ideal showcase for KwaZulu-Natal, it certainly highlighted the need for a professional publication that would do justice to the major business in the province, as well as opportunities that exist in government departments and parastatal organisations.
KZN Top Business Portfolio was launched 15 years ago, and we are delighted to celebrate this 15th edition, which is endorsed by the Premier's Office of KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism and His Majesty King Zwelithini as well as the KwaZulu-Natal Business Chamber Council and its member organisations.
The KZN Top Business Portfolio aims to emphasize business success and this is evidenced in the companies profiled, and the variety, depth and vibrancy of KwaZulu-Natal's economic sectors. The Government pages include brief profiles of Premier Zweli Mkhize and members of the executive council.
This edition is once again printed on Sappi's Triple Green sugar bagasse paper, our contribution to a greener world.
The KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Portfolio is produced in a printed form, on a multimedia interactive CD and an e-book which may be downloaded at www.topbusiness.co.za. Our web site has additional material to the book and is regularly updated with business news and opportunities. Sections such as features, infrastructure, economic sectors and profiles of the local municipalities as well as their integrated development plans are included. The DVD collection on KwaZulu-Natal and each of its district municipalities has proven to be a much viewed and valued resource.
We are justly proud of our website, which is informative and easy to navigate. We have embraced digital technology and you can visit our Facebook page to find out more about the people behind the publication, and keep up to date on upcoming events and news.
The KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Awards, now in their seventh year, have become a high point of the KZN business calendar. Adjudicated in line with the principles of King III, these awards celebrate business success across several categories.
I take this opportunity to thank First National Bank, who have sponsored these awards since their inception. We are delighted to have the on-going support of FNB, and that they share our belief that these awards not only reward high achievers, but also serve to inspire smaller businesses, and spur them on to greater things. Lastly, I thank all those who have advertised, contributed information and visual material and assisted in preparing this 2013 Portfolio for publication.