The 10th anniversary of the South African Small Business Awards celebrates small businesses and entrepreneurial excellence.
Local community radio station, HOT 91.9 FM bagged three awards at the prestigious event. The station was acknowledged as one of the Top 20 small businesses in South Africa and received the National Community Award and the most coveted award of National Small Business.
Lloyd Madurai, managing director of HOT 91.9 FM started his career in radio 27 years ago having worked at some of the biggest commercial radio stations in South Africa.
A vision of starting a community radio station changed his path and four years later he manages the successful non-profit radio station called HOT 91.9 FM.
According to Lloyd, “the most important award for him is the National Community Award. This award speaks to the station’s core ethos. This is what we are about and why we do what we do.”
“The National Community Award is for the outstanding and significant contribution that HOT 91.9FM has done for the community. It has changed so many lives over such a short period,” said Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC).
“The National Small Business Champion Award, is a unique award, and was awarded to the station as a result of what it has done in terms of helping so many in a big way. Both of these awards are in effect, national community awards,” he continued.
Lloyd believes in passion, perseverance and persistence and adopted these principles from the start. He paid tribute to his team, thanking them for believing in the station from the beginning and initially working for free.
The Awards honoured 20 small businesses across South Africa and highlighted the importance and impact that small businesses have on the South African economy. Individual entrepreneurs who are doing amazing work for their communities in their respective industries we also recognized and thanked.
South African Small Business Awards is proudly brought to you by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and World Famous Events.