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In its 10th year of entrepreneur incubation and development, SmartXchange is proud to announce the success of its 2014 SMME Awards & 10 Year Celebration. This momentous and prestigious event took place on the 03rd November 2014 at the Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel. Benchmarked as one of SmartXchange’s most prestigious events, the evening highlighted and celebrated the collaboration of SmartXchange and the SMME’s in the efforts of making SmartXchange the largest technology hub in Africa and creates awareness of the excellent services offered by the SmartXchange SMME’s. 
 
The ceremony was graced with the presence of the eThekwini Municipality Speaker, Councillor Logie Naidoo, who delivered a message of support that highlighted how SmartXchange has been a flagship project for the city. Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) presented the keynote address. In his address, Mr Zikode commended the partnerships that exist between the private and public sector and made it known that it is these partnerships and incubators like SmartXchange that allow their vision as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) to be achieved.
 
The ceremony was graced with the presence of the eThekwini Municipality Speaker, Councillor Logie Naidoo, who delivered a message of support that highlighted how SmartXchange has been a flagship project for the city. Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) presented the keynote address. In his address, Mr Zikode commended the partnerships that exist between the private and public sector and made it known that it is these partnerships and incubators like SmartXchange that allow their vision as the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) to be achieved.
 
In celebrating 10 years of incubation excellence SmartXchange definitely had a good story to tell. From the graduation of six incubates, Alkesh Singh of Astel, Shabnum Gounden of Kuvira Business Consulting, Mohammed Jhavery of MJ & A Consulting, Udesh Naidu of MPlanet, Zibuko Mcunu of Izibuko Multimedia and Nitesh Ramsaroop of Nitsak; to the announcement of the SmartXchange TIA Innovation Seed fund recipients, Bilal Kathrada, Lloyd Lopes, Richard Keller and Rishane Rajkoomar. The SmartXchange funders, eThekwini Municipality, Seda, Mict Seta and TIA also received certificates of recognition for their financial support to SmartXchange along with the seven SmartXchange most supportive corporates, Vodacom, Dimension Data, Adapt IT, Internet Solutions, Neotel, Mustek and KPMG.
 
The epitome of the evening was the SMME awards segment, where Mshazi Photographers won first place and SIFCO Trading was runner up under the category Best Newcomer 2014, Egsibit won first place and Durban Motion Pictures was runner up under the category Best Performing Women in ICT 2014, Egsibit won first place and ZJ Africa Investment was runner up under the category SMME of The Year 2014. All prizes won by the SMME’s where sponsorships from Vodacom, Adapt IT, Dimension Data, Neotel, Mustek, Egsibit and Dynatech. SmartXchange is humbled by the ongoing commitment shown by these partners and aims to continuously nurture these relationships. Mr Albert Breeds, the Managing Executive of Vodacom, in his message from the sponsor, expressed Vodacom’s commitment to the SMME market and that Vodacom’s intention is to work with SmartXchange to identify a number of SMME’s within the organisation which they can grow and develop into valuable partners to Vodacom.
 
As SmartXchange turned 10 years old, three SmartXchange members were also awarded certificates for 10 Years of service excellence to SmartXchange, namely, Mr Themba Ngcobo, current Chairperson of the Board of SmartXchange; Mr Jonathan Naidoo, current Chief Executive Officer of SmartXchange and Dr Rajesh Neerachand, current Central Services Manager of SmartXchange.
 
SmartXchange is confident that, working together with the private and public sector as well as the SMME’s, the SmartXchange incubator will see another 10 years come to fruition.

The SMME Award winners: from Left Ms Zimkhitha Jam Jam, ZJ Africa Investments; Ms Lungile Shandu, Egsibit, Ms Bonnie Sithebe; Durban Motion Pictures and Ms Primrose Nzuza, Mshazi Photographers.
 

The seed fund recipients: from Left Mr Lloyd Lopes, Mr Rishane Rajkoomar and Mr Richard Keller

 
The cutting of the SmartXchange celebratory cake: from Left Mr Jonathan Naidoo, CEO of SmartXchange, Councillor Logie Naidoo, eThekwini Speaker, Ms Hixonia Nyasulu, SmartXchange Patron, Mr Themba Ngcobo, Chairman of the Board of SmartXchange, Dr Rajesh Neerachand, SmartXchange Central Service Manager, Mr Mac Mia, SmartXchange Director, Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Seda.
 
Nkosana Sifumba of Sifco, second from right, is awarded for runner up as Best Newcomer 2014 by, from Left, Mr Jonathan Naidoo, CEO of SmartXchange, Mr Themba Ngcobo, Chairman of the Board of SmartXchange and Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Seda.
 
Lungile Shandu of Egsibit is awarded for Best Performing Women in IT by, from Left, Mr Jonathan Naidoo, CEO of SmartXchange, Mr Themba Ngcobo, Chairman of the Board of SmartXchange and Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Seda.
 
Bonnie Sithebe, of Durban Motion Pictures is awarded for runner up, Best Performing Women in IT by, from Left, Mr Jonathan Naidoo, CEO of SmartXchange, Mr Themba Ngcobo, Chairman of the Board of SmartXchange and Mr Sipho Zikode, Acting CEO of Seda.
   

 

ISSUED BY:THE SMALL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (Seda)
MEDIA ENQUIRIES TO: Beverley Kgame
E-MAIL: bkgame@seda.org.za
TEL: 012 441 1187
MOBILE: 0835338030
Date: Monday, 03 November 2014