Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), manufacturer of the popular Dunlop tyre brand, is a finalist in two categories of the 5th Annual South African Premier Business Awards, which will be held in Johannesburg on 30 January 2018 under the theme ‘rewarding business excellence’. The categories are Investor of the Year and Enterprise Development Programme of the Year.
“This is a great honour for our business and testament to the hard work we have been putting into programmes that benefit not only our company, but also our clients and communities within the region. We pride ourselves in being a well-rounded corporate citizen and believe that platforms such as this give us an opportunity to demonstrate this. We are looking forward to the main event later in January,” said SRSA CEO Riaz Haffejee.
The company’s Enterprise Development initiatives have included the successful and impactful Dunlop Container initiative, developed to formalise the informal township tyre trade business. This has created employment opportunities and driven entrepreneurship in a sector previously unavailable to these business owners, with safety at the core of the programme
SRSA is also progressing with its multi-billion-rand investment into its Ladysmith manufacturing plant. The investment is aimed at upgrading and modernising the plant’s capacity, increasing the output of high-quality passenger and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tyres and introducing and manufacturing truck and bus tyres.
The South African Premier Business Awards aim to recognise business excellence and honour enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. The Awards are hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa.