Until the 2015 competition closes!

About the EOY competition

The Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® awards aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African SMEs. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to others to succeed in the world of business.

21 years of entrepreneurial growth in South Africa

Freedom represents the liberty to follow the path one chooses, which includes an individual’s career path. Entrepreneurship is one such path, and since the first democratic election in 1994, South Africa has witnessed the rise of small businesses. This is according to Christo Botes, spokesperson of the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, who says that economic activity in the country has experienced positive growth since 1994, with the country’s GDP almost tripling from $143.8bn in 1996 to $404.3bn1 in 2011, thereby improving opportunities available to entrepreneurs and small business. Whilst unpacking South Africa’s entrepreneurial journey more


  • Talented muso turns lessons to profit

    It is no mystery that the entertainment industry is a tough nut to crack, a sentiment which is shared globally. However, local entrepreneur and 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year® entrant, Thando Nyameni, seems to have found the recipe for success. Thando, a talented and multidimensional businessman from KwaZulu-Natal, is a singer, song-writer, and music producer who co-owns and manages Spotless Worx Entertainment, a Multifaceted entertainment company that is composed of a Record Label and an Events Management Company. He also owns Spotless Worx Klean along with his wife Nyameka ‘Pru’ Nyameni, which provides office and domestic cleaning services. In addition to these two full time jobs Thando is the chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association, a feat that he considers as one of his proudest achievements, and embraces wholeheartedly and has recently been elected to sit on the National General Council of the Creative & Cultural Industry Federation of South Africa. Considering Thando’s upbringing in the industry, the journey to setting up his own music business was inevitable. He started singing at a very young age, and then joined theatre legend, Mbongeni Ngema, at the Academy of Excellence in Performing Arts, which exposed him to theatre, drama and music on a professional level. “Regardless of what I was doing or where I worked at the time, I would often find myself in a recording studio or performing somewhere for free, and so I decided to follow this uncontrollable urge and make it my full-time more