by Staff Reporter on 27/11/13 at 7:37 am
Each year, the Minara Chamber of Commerce holds Recognition Awards that honour exceptional people with outstanding personalities and who are the protagonists of unfolding events and creating history. Previous award recipients include Walter Sisulu and Hashim Amla.
According to The Minara Chamber of Commerce, “these individuals are an indelible impression of the existence to shape not only their lives but the lives of their contemporaries and succeeding generations. The distinction of their being is defined by enriching the world beyond the material and to leave the world in awe of them in the lifetime and glory in their absence”.
Dr Survé received the Businessperson of the Year Award and the Chamber described “this award as a businessperson who has scaled the pinnacle of business achievement and defined new boundaries by success. The award however seeks out the businessperson whose business also emphatically embraces empowerment of the marginalized in a spirit of advancing self reliance and economic sustainability; as not only a byproduct of its success, but as a fundamental pillar of operation”.
Dr Survé in his acceptance speech emphasised the need for an “African narrative and to build communities on the continent”. Dr Survé also spoke about his rescue of Professor Karabus and the common humanity required by all communities whether they are Christians, Hindus or Muslims to build a future and to find each other in business and society.
In the company of greats
Dr Survé said he was humbled and honoured to be in the company of awardees such as: the late honourable Mr Walter Sisulu who received the Lifetime Award; Constitutional Court Justice Zakeria Yacoob who was received for the Professional Award; South African cricketer Hashim Amla who received for the Young Achiever Award; Wits University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Habib who received for the Leadership Award, and Zora Mahomed who received the Community Builder Award all of whom are worthy recipients and he extended his congratulations to them.
Pravin Gordhan congratulates Surve
On presenting the awards the Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan congratulated Dr Surve and all the awardees on the award and made an appeal to the media to have a more balanced view of South Africa and to narrate both the successes and challenges facing the country.
Sekunjalo acknowledges this award, which follows a busy year for Dr Survé. During the course of the year he was appointed to the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals by the World Economic Forum, the BRICS Business Council by the Presidency, Deputy Chairman of Siemens in Sub-Saharan Africa and also as Co-chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Growth Company Advisory boards, which is the world’s largest and fastest growing company selected by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
[Image features Dr Surve, retired judge Zakeria Yacoob and Minister Gordhan - via Terry Haywood]
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