Sowetan win’s Tsogo Sun top award!

Soweto’s pride. Nqobile Nkosi from NQ Jewellery-Soweto- was declared national winner for the annual Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year award. He’s seen posing with minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom (left) and Tsogo Sun CE Marcel von Aulock.

The former electrical engineer student, beat other hopefuls at these years’ awards, held at Riverside Sun Resort, Vaal River- Vanderbijlpark.

Among the prizes that Nqobile won were R30 000 from Tsogo Sun, a business bursary from Tsheto Leadership Academy valued at R20 000, and a professional business image experience from tweak&STYLE valued at R15 000.

NQ Jewellery Design Services -started in 2013- is Soweto’s first jewellery manufacturing and retail business, employing six staff, from Soweto.

It includes two disabled interns who are being financially supported by HopeFund in France.

Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s GM of Corporate Affairs commented: “Our wholehearted congratulations go to Nqobile on his worthy win. In his role as the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year, Nqobile will serve as an inspiring role model to other entrepreneurs, and set an example of what can be achieved when one perseveres to overcome obstacles and challenges.

Our Entrepreneur of the Year winners’ become ambassadors for the programme for the following year; they talk about their experiences, their secrets to success, as well as the programme, and they promote their own businesses. We welcome Nqobile as our seventh ambassador and we have no doubt he will be an inspiration and contribute to the development of other SMMEs in South Africa.”

The programme is open to all South African businesses with an annual turnover of less than R50 million.

Well done Nqobi for putting kasie on the map!

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