Nominees to the Cap40 Business Awards 2014 (Part 1)

The Cap40 Business Awards will be announced on December 3 at the Granger Bay Hotel School. Seven Awards will be attributed. Among them, three will be granted based on your votes! 

You can elect the winner of the Cap40 Business Awards using the following survey:

Best Cap40 speaker of the year.

Florent Spriet, MD of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies, 29 January 2014."Challenge of the South-African automotive industry: the perspective of Faurecia Emissions Control Technologies"Florent Spriet, Managing Director of Faurecia Emissions Challenge Technologies, shared his experience as the head of one of the biggest automotive plant of the Western Cape. With 900 employees, Faurecia Emissions Control Technology is the biggest French employer of the Western Cape and is part of the Faurecia group which is the 6th automotive equipment supplier in the world.

Alexandre Lemille, founder and MD of Wize Impact, 9 April 2014.
"Why businesses should care more about sustainability?"
Alexandre Lemille, founder and Managing Director of Wizeimpact, shared his consultant experience on how to integrate a more sustainable long-term vision to the strategic plans of our companies and take into account new issues such as natural resources depletion, growing population and global warming in our business models. 

Theo Meintjes, Chairman of the Incentive Consultants Association, 21 May 2014
"Getting hold of the investment incentives offered by the DTI"
Keeping in mind the fact that every year, the DTI releases around 5 billion Rands per year of incentives, Theo Meintjes shared with us his experience as a consultant in government incentives. He gave useful insights on how to apply and claim for the grants and how to increase the chance of success of applications for incentives.

Nils Flaatten, CEO of Wesgro, 2 July 2014.
"Wesgro's focus 2014/15"
The head of the Western Cape Government's Trade and Industry Promotion Agency gave a detailed and well-documented presentation including useful data on the economic, trade and investment trends in the Western Cape and South Africa, in relation with African countries, France, and the rest of the world. 

Sébastien Feit, MD of SolaireDirect Technologies, 27 August 2014.
"Visit of SolaireDirect Technologies plant and conference on the outlooks of the solar energy sector in South Africa"
For the Cap40's first factory visit, Sébastien Feit, Managing Director of SolaireDirect Technologies, introduced his best-in-class company, the challenges and opportunities it faces in South Africa and worldwide, and the integrated value-chain in which SolaireDirect operates. The visit of the factory enabled the Cap40 members to understand the manufacturing process whereby imported cells are turned into ready-to-use solar panels.

Oliver Romer, Projects Director of NOV, 1 October 2014.
"Launch of the Cap40 Oil&Gas group: Why invest in the Oil&Gas sector in South Africa? Risks and opportunities"
For the Cap40 Oil&Gas group launch event, Oliver Romer unwrapped the strategy and achievements of his company in South Africa. He noted that South Africa remains a very attractive country for the companies involved in the Oil&Gas sector due to its political stability and strong regulations, and explained why NOV has allocated significant human and financial resources to the South African market.

Claudine Lepage, senator for overseas French citizens, 14 October 2014.
"Breakfast with a senator: Claudine Lepage meets Cape Town's young French entrepreneurs and professionals"
The senator welcomed the young French entrepreneurs and professionals of Cape Town. She introduced her role of representative of the French living abroad at the Senate and took note of the young entrepreneur's expectations, ideas and achievements. Her free and sincere speech have been much appreciated by the audience. 

Andreas Krensel, owner of IBN Business & Immigration, 16 October 2014.
"How does the new immigration regulation impact businesses in South Africa?"
Andreas Krensel, MD of IBN Business & Immigration, gave a comprehensive overview of the reasons, content and consequences of the immigration reform in place in South Africa since May 2014. After a very insightful, precise and concise presentation, Andreas Krensel answered a number of questions emerging from the more than 100 guests present for this event. 

Entrepreneur of the year

Philippe Boy, 3C Metal
3C Metal is a service provider specializing in high pressure piping, structures and vessels for the Oil & Gas industry. The company is headquartered in France and has operations in Dubai and South Africa. Philippe is based in Cape Town, where he managed to grow 3C Metal SA business in a few years to over R100 million turnover, creating 100 qualified jobs, and contributing to promote Cape Town as a refurbishment & maintenance hub for the oil and gas

Pascale Dhont & Eric Vidart-Loeb, Lobster Tree
Pascale and Eric have a twenty years long experience in the global film industry, having produced feature films, commercials and stills. Eric worked on some iconic French productions such as The Big Blue and Tchao Pantin. Taking advantage of the ideal climate and landscape offered by Cape Town, they fonded the production agency Lobster Tree in 2009. Among many others, they have produced features films such as Safari and Zulu and commercials for Peugeot, Citroën and Charal.

Gael Gestin, Acrobranch
Acrobranch was founded by Gael gestin in 2010. The company develops and maintains aerial outdoor adventure parks. The first park was opened in Johannesburg, with immediate success. The profits generated were immediately reinvested and two other parks located in George and Centurion were launched, followed by a park in Cape Town. The next few years were dedicated to structuring and strengthening the company in terms of process and staff in order to allow for a new wave of expansion. In 2015, Acrobranch will launch a new investment programme, both horizontally (new parks to be launched) and vertically (diversification of activities and services in the parks). Acrobranch now reaches R10 million turnover, and expects a two-digits growth in 2015.

Patrick Haillot, Ventusa Energy
Ventusa Energy is a South African-based renewable energy developer formed in 2009, just after the electricity crisis hit South Africa. In 5 years, Patrick Haillot has developed relationship with several consortiums of major local and international companies such as Alstom, EDP R, Acciona, Building Energy, The Aveng Group, Southern Energy,  and has built a team that was able to develop more than 1,000 MW split between solar and wind projects from which 275 MW are under license today. Kathu solar project is today delivering 75 MW to the national grid.

Patrick Moreau, French Oven & Cassis Paris
Patrick Moreau has worked for 27 years in the pastry industry in France, Morocco, the UK, Thailand, The US, Lebanon and South Africa, perfecting his skills to become an nternationally recognized pastry chef. He set-up French Oven, a luxury pastry production facility, and Cassis Paris, the retail stores distributing the hand-made bread, pastries and other delicacies all over Cape Town (in Gardens, Newlands and Constantia). French Oven supplies the wholesale range with breads and pastries made with the finest ingredients, according to the French savoir-faire, and Cassis Paris has been known for many years to deliver the best gateaux, viennoiseries and macarons in Cape Town.


Start-up of the year

African Jacquard
African Jacquard designs and manufactures 100% cotton, high-quality and tasteful table and kitchen linen in Cape Town. In addition to having their own collection, they have been commissioned by four prestigious establishments to personalise products especially for their restaurants, hotels and boutiques. Working closely with small local companies, African Jacquard is proud to contribute to the empowerment of local communities.

CitySlicker is a flash sale website operating in South Africa with a strong focus on lifestyle activities (restaurants, getaways, outdoor, wellness). Launched in 2011 when Groupon entered the South African market, CitySlicker successfully competes against the global leader. CitySlicker has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Myog Frozen Yogurt
Founded in 2011 by two French folks, Myog offer the freshest and most natural frozen yogurt on the market. Made by a Capetonian dairy producer, their product is free from colorant or artificial flavouring. Myog is now swirling in 3 locations (Kloof Street, Sea Point and Stellenbosch). After a slow start (3 shops opened in 3 years) Myog will accelerate the number of openings in the whole country and maybe other African countries. Myog now employs 24 people, uses only recyclable cups, LED lighting and energy-saving fridges and has already received over 60 franchise enquiries.

SIM Dynamics
SIM Dynamics is a telecommunication and IT start-up focusing on developing innovative solutions to provide mobile network providers with ways to offer mobile services to all customers including those using low-end phones in unconnected areas. SIM Dynamics’ products help their clients maximize revenue from content and services. SIM Dynamics main product, SOLAR SIM Browser, is designed for low-end phones and enables unconnected users with no data to access mobile commerce applications and social networks over USSD cheap mobile channel. SIM Dynamics’ clients include Cell-C, MTN, Vodacom and Orange and PEP group.

The Nino Collection
Created by Mathilde de Blois, The Nino Collection is a collection of stories, activities and tablet apps that combine the power of story, design, experience and technology to support children and strengthen families around the world as they navigate life’s challenges. In 2 years, Mathilde has developed a collection including 2 volumes (on mourning and sexuality) and a third toolbox on palliative care is coming soon. The Nino Collection is a project supported by the World Design Capital 2014 (

Founded in 2012, Wema Bodycare is specialising in creating luxurious African cosmetic products made by hand in small batches using carefully selected indigenous oils. The company will launch its online store on December 2013 and is currently developing a wide distribution network across South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.

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