SOUTH Africa’s largest privately owned national Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) Information and Communication Technology (ICT) network intergration and infrastructure management specialist, Integr8 Group Pty Limited, has been voted one of the winners of the 2008 Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards.
Intergr8 shared US$250, 000, with Kenya ‘s AAR Health, Safi Cleaning of Uganda, Africa Polysack Industries of Uganda and Gahaya Links of Rwanda.
The Grand prize of USD 100,000 was won by Superflux International, a leading secure prints solutions provider based in Nigeria , at a ceremony dedicated to the late Sir John Templeton and was also attended by President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya.
The prizes were handed over by Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, in a ceremony that was held in Kigali , Rwanda on Monday.
The Awards program, which was developed by Michael Fairbanks, recognises and rewards business leaders in Africa who serve as role models to the continent’s aspiring entrepreneurs.
Founded in 1928, Inter8 designs, implements and maintains the information, communication and telecommunication environment of many leading corporations across Africa , with an emphasis on bridging the digital divide.
This was a befitting tribute to the company, which aims to be recognised as the preferred IT Service Partner, focused on innovative, integrated and managed services which add value to all spheres of business operation. In addition, the Integr8 brand strives to deliver customer-defined quality service by attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people and by building strong technology partnerships.
In awarding the prizes, Legatum Managing Director and panel judge Alan McCormick commented.
“We congratulate the 2008 Award winners and each of the finalists who all represent a dynamic new wave of African entrepreneurs shaping the continent’s future. Each of them demonstrated the level of excellence, leadership and vision required to grow their businesses regionally and internationally.
They are an inspiration to anyone in Africa who may be wondering if they can succeed in business.
The answer is: yes, you can.”
Mr. Eric Kacou, Managing Director, OTF emphasized, “The 2008 Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards has been a great success with 1,400 submissions received this year, growing from 450 in 2007.
This year’s winners and finalists truly represent the business excellence and entrepreneurial spirit that are keys to the continent’s future prosperity.”