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BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

A charity gala dinner recognizing the crème de la crème of Italian business in South Africa

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The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries has been organizing this event annually since 1999.
As a Charity Gala Dinner gathering more than 250 people - including members and non-members of the Italian Chamber - the BEAs are a great opportunity for companies/attendees to build their network, connecting and integrating Italian and South African economies.

DURING THE EVENT, 5 AWARDS ARE PRESENTED TO:

  • Business Person of the Year

  • Business Enterprise of the Year

  • SMILE Small Enterprise of the Year

  • SMILE Medium Enterprise of the Year

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

The BEAs are also an excellent springboard for exploring and investing in the rich historical relations between Italy and South Africa.

Sparkling Lights
BEA winners

2023

Business Person of the Year: Guido Giachetti – RDC Property Group

Business Enterprise of the Year: Ariston South Africa

Lifetime Recognition Award: Maurizio Mariano

SMILE Medium Enterprise of the Year: Diva Cucine

SMILE SMALL Business of the Year: Mosaic Arts

2022

Business Person of the Year: Stefano Marani - Renergen

Business Enterprise of the Year: MSC

Lifetime Recognition Award: Alberto Fogolin

Special Mention Award: Italian Club

2019

Business Person of the Year: Giorgio Cavalieri

Business Enterprise of the Year: Alitalia

Lifetime Recognition Award: Roberto Giuricich

Chairperson’s Excellence Award: Sara Andreotti

2018

Business Person of the Year: Fred Crabbia -
Mining Pressure System

Business Enterprise of the Year: Lucchini South Africa

Lifetime Recognition Award: Mario Angelo Marion

Professional of the Year: Tiziana Adduc - Paediatrician

2017

Business Person of the Year: Giuseppe Plumari - Steyn City

Business Enterprise of the Year: Pabar

Young Entrepreneur of the Year: Gianluca Abela - Nutrifit

Lifetime Recognition Award: Luciano Enrico Gastaldi - Fruit and Veg City

2016

Business Person of the Year: Antonio Di Loreto

Business Enterprise of the Year: Ansaldo Energia - Fata

Chairperson’s Excellence Award: Gianni Ravazzotti

Lifetime Recognition Award: Mathew Giuricich

2015

Business Person of the Year: Dina Soukop -
Soukop Property Group

Business Enterprise of the Year: Enel Green Power

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Paolo Borzatta

Chairperson’s Excellence Award: Giuseppe Cimato

Lifetime Recognition Award: Franco Guidozzi

2014

Business Person of the Year: Paolo Cavalieri - Holland

Business Enterprise of the Year: IVECO

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Costantino Buccimazza - BPB Construction

Lifetime Recognition Award: Carmine Angelucci

2013

Business Person of the Year: Antonio Iozzo - IUM

Business Enterprise of the Year: SMEG South Africa

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Tato Carrello - Carrello Autobody

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Vera Giovitto - Mosaic Art

Chairperson’s Excellence Award: Marcello Fiasconaro

Lifetime Recognition Award: Piero Rossi

2012

Business Person of the Year: Carlo Gonzaga - Taste Holdings

Business Enterprise of the Year: Viglietti Motors

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Matteo Amatruda - A+L Unlimited Design

Lifetime Recognition Award: Renato Fioravanti

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: H.E. Thenjlwe Mtintso

2011

Business Person of the Year: Franco Scribante - Scribante Construction

Business Enterprise of the Year: MA Automotive Rosslyn

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Simone Zanetti - Allos Consulting

Lifetime Recognition Award: Luigi Buccimazza

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Marco Alberti (Southern Wind Shipyard

2010

Business Person of the Year: Luigi Stravino (BLC Plant Company

Business Enterprise of the Year: Luxottica SA

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Roberto Regasto - Pagliari Group

Lifetime Recognition Award: Andrea Bollo - Wanda Bollo Estate

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Giulio Bertrand - Morgenster

2008

Business Person of the Year: Luciano Previtera and Michele Mirotto - Rialto Foods

Business Enterprise of the Year: Putco

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Giovanni Contaldi - Courierit

Lifetime Recognition Award: Adriana De Stefanis

2007

Business Person of the Year: Antonio Cimato - Efficient Engineering

Business Enterprise of the Year: Country Food

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Marcello Palumbo - Filcon Group

Lifetime Recognition Award: Domenica Ferrucci Burzacchi

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Maestro Edoardo Villa

2006

Business Person of the Year: Dean Fragale - Girlock

Business Enterprise of the Year: Duferco Steel Processing

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Sebastiano Iorio (Cargo Embassy) & Stefano Lavarone (Great African Seating)

Lifetime Recognition Award: Domitilla Rota Hymas - Little Eden

Honorary Chairperson’s Special Award: Giorgio Gorelli - Fiat Auto SA

2005

Business Person of the Year: Desmond Sacco - Assore and Assmang

Business Enterprise of the Year: M&F Giurich Developments

Young and Upcoming Entrepreneur of the Year: Andrea Deiana - Metal Lux SA

Lifetime Recognition Award: Claudia Giuricich

2004

Business Man of the Year: Mark Lamberti - Massmart Holdings

Business Woman of the Year: Giovana Secco - Kudu Farms

2002

Graniti Tecnica - Franco D’Agnolo

2001

Fiat Auto S.A. - Bruno De Mori

Aeroporti di Roma - Carmine Bassetti

Castellano-Beltrame - Franco Beltrame

2000

Giovanni Ravazzotti - Italtile and Ceramic Industries

1999

Domenico Cioffi - Mimmo’s

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