Finalist – ICT Company of the Year

Management information solutions company Adapt-IT walked off with the honours when it won the prestigious ICT Company of the Year Award at a glittering ceremony held at the Café Vacca Matta in the Sun Coast Casino Complex on Thursday evening September 27, 2007. Runner up in the second SmartXchange ICT Awards Ceremony was last year’s winner Microvision and in third place was The Development House. Two other companies, Muhle Informatics and Thusa Business Support were also finalists in this category.

This year a further two categories were added to the awards. Winner of the Most Supportive Corporate of the Year was Dimension Data with Microsoft and CityWorks being the runners up. And the winner of the third category, the Best Newcomer of the Year was Astel Business Consulting. Runners up here were Home Grown Business Solutions and Khanya Africa. In his address Councillor Obed Mlaba, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality saluted the winning companies. “When we started SmartXchange we had the view that we wanted an electronically-driven city operating in the 21st century.

Our aspirations were to be among the best in the world. “We have achieved a lot but there is still a lot of work to be done and I encourage you all to work flat out to achieve these targets and create a city with a world class telecommunications infrastructure.” He also encouraged the “young at heart” to “go back to school” and alleviate the skills shortage saying there were huge opportunities not only in the city of Durban, but the country and even the continent. Guest speaker, Deputy Minister of Communications Roy Padayachee said SmartXchange is “close to my heart” adding that it was difficult to resist invitations from the hub.

“SmartXchange is an initiative founded on a vision of ensuring the eThekwini Municipality will become the proudest city in SA providing a digital lifestyle for pleasure and leisure as well as hard work that any modern city in the modern world can offer. “This (ICT Awards) event is so important because it identifies some of the most entrepreneurial people and companies and recognises them for their efforts. I foresee this growing from strength to strength in size, scale and prestige.

To those who did not win this evening, I expect to see you back here next year.” He said it testifies that Durban is facing the challenge to provide the talents in taking this country to greater heights. “We could not accomplish this if it were not for the kind of talents that we are applauding this evening.” Durban, the Deputy Minister added, was competing on a global scale with such countries as South China, Korea and India and first world countries such as Europe and the US.

“If we can compete with countries like that then we are not faring too badly at all.” He called on the private sector – from large players to smaller SMMEs – to “come to the party” and play a meaningful developmental role to cross the universal divide and eradicate poverty and create employment. His keynote address was followed by the prize giving officiated by MC Martin Cele, the former CEO of SmartXchange who kept the audience spell bound and waiting in anticipation as the winners names were announced to drum rolls and the flashing of cameras. The Chairman of the SmartXchange board and President of the Durban Chamber Themba Ngcobo closed the ceremony with a vote of thanks. He paid special tribute to the sponsors – Dimension Data, Ramco, Dataworld Internet Solutions (IS) and Waltons – and thanked the SmartXchange team for putting together a most successful event.

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