ElectroBase, the largest group of independent electrical wholesalers in Southern Africa, who are represented by 42 members with over 90 branches in the principal towns, in all the provinces, as well as in Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe, held its much anticipated ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards towards the end of 2019.
ElectroBase chairman, Ian Greyling, speaking at the event, notes that business in 2018 had been, “Tough, demanding, and undulating, but through this all, most of us still managed to achieve some sort of growth.” The ElectroBase AGM, held in Portugal during the earlier part of 2018, was once again a resounding success, while the major highlight for the company in 2019 will be ElectroBase’s 20th anniversary. “As part of our celebrations, our AGM to be held in Bodrum, Turkey at the end of April, and we hope to see both old and new faces at this special occasion,” he said.
After Greyling’s address, guests were treated to an eye opening talk from Rusty Labuschagne, who has been through a trauma few have experienced. In 2003, the successful Zimbabwean businessman, who ran a safari outfit, flew his own aircraft and had a fishing resort on Lake Kariba, was framed by a poacher, the police and the courts and wrongfully convicted of drowning a poacher.
He served 10 years in Zimbabwe’s prisons, including the notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison during the Zim dollar crash, with food shortages, no running water and people dying around him daily. His tale was a harrowing one, but with the insight few will ever experience, he captivated the audience with his often traumatic, often unbelievable, and often humorous tale.
Donne van Eeden, CEO of ElectroBase, says that, “The 19th annual ElectroBase Supplier of the Year Awards was once again well attended by over 120 guests at Emperors Palace. Each year the challenge to put on a great evening gets more and more demanding, yet this year, judging by the feedback and emails of thanks and congratulations we received, we nailed it again. Rusty Labuschagne was truly a magnificent guest speaker and the band, Lemon & Limelight, kept the dance floor flowing after the official proceedings ended. Congratulations to all the silver and gold certificate winners, WACO for ‘Most Improved Supplier’ and Major Tech for the ‘Supplier of the Year’ for the second year running.’
The winners were:
Silver Certificate Winners:
* Radiant Lighting
* Three-D Agencies
Gold Certificate Winners
* Bright Star Lighting
* Major Tech
* Stone Stamcor
Most Improved Supplier of the Year: Waco
Supplier of the Year: Major Tech