Sandstone Estates awarded gold for Tourism 2016

Sandstone Estate
Sandstone Estate

Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free-State received the 2016 Business of the Year gold winner award for tourism at the annual ROCCI/FNB Business Awards during a glittering gala event held at Silverstar Casino on 5 November 2016.

ROCCI, the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and FNB, First National Bank, seek to identify and acknowledge businesses country wide which have achieved success and embody the spirit of enterprise. The Business Awards reflect 30 years of unsurpassed growth in a highly competitive industry.

“We are honoured and immensely proud of this award. It serves as further inspiration for our committed team to not only continue creating jobs and business success going forward but to preserve the best of our past for the future,” says Mike Myers, director of the established farming estate, who represented Sandstone Estates at the awards ceremony.

The Sandstone directors first got wind of their nomination for the coveted award in early September this year during a meeting with their banker, FNB, when Mohammed Cassim, Segment Head of FNB, informed them that FNB had put Sandstone’s name forward as a nominee.

Sandstone was subsequently invited to deliver a presentation on 26 September 2016 to a panel of judges, including representatives from FNB, SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Chief Adjudicator), Business Partners and BEBE’s Events’ Ellen Oosthuizen.

Ninety-seven companies were nominated in 20 categories, which included: Large Corporations and Listed Companies, Medium Size Businesses, SME’s, Most Promising Young Entrepreneur, and Tourism.

The keynote speaker on the evening was Nicolina Di Santolo, former president of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the guest speakers were Michelle Geraghty, FNB regional head for Gauteng South West; and Jeremy Lang, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited.