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Western Cape Bambelela Business Awards Celebrate Entrepreneurial Excellence at Gala Dinner in Cape Town

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Cape Town, 24 May 2024 – The Western Cape Hollywood Foundation Bambelela Business Awards concluded with a dazzling Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Century City Conference Centre in Cape Town, on 23 May 2024. This prestigious event celebrated the resilience, innovation, and achievements of Western Cape’s entrepreneurial community, marking a significant milestone in the journey to empower local businesses.

The two-day event, which commenced on 22 May 2024, at the City of Cape Town Civic Centre, showcased the participation of 100 businesses in the Exhibition and Pitch for Funding Programme. Entrepreneurs from diverse industries, including culinary, agriculture, hospitality, education, and more, presented their ventures to judges for a chance to secure a share of the R750 000 allocation. This initiative underscored the Hollywood Foundation’s unwavering commitment to fostering economic growth and empowerment at the grassroots level.

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the Top 20 winners, who received a portion of the allocated funds to support their business operations. Among the winners were First Prize: ML Scents (Pty) Ltd, who received R100 000; Second Prize: Ave-Okuhle Holding Group, who received R70 000 and Third Prize: Herenity (Pty) Ltd, who received R50 000.

Additionally, seventeen runner-up businesses were awarded R30,000 each, recognizing their dedication and contribution to the local economy.

Babongile Mkhize, Group Transformation Manager at Hollywood Foundation, commented, “The Bambelela Business Awards are a testament to the incredible talent and determination of our local entrepreneurs. We are honoured to support these visionary leaders as they drive innovation and create sustainable growth in our communities.”

Addressing the SMMEs at the Gala Dinner, Alderman Eddie Andrews, Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town, remarked, “These awards highlight the entrepreneurial spirit that defines our region. The success of these businesses is crucial to the economic vitality of the Western Cape, and we are committed to providing the support and resources they need to thrive.”

The Gala Dinner, held on 23 May 2024 at Century City Conference Centre, served as a culmination of the event, providing an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the participants and winners. Government officials, business leaders, and members of the media joined in the festivities, highlighting the significance of the Bambelela Business Awards in driving economic growth and empowerment in the Western Cape.


As the Bambelela Business Awards come to a close, the Hollywood Foundation reaffirms its commitment to empowering entrepreneurs and fostering sustainable development in the region. The Foundation extends its congratulations to all participants and winners and looks forward to continuing its mission of supporting local businesses.

Here are the Top Three Winners:

First Prize – ML Scents (Pty) Ltd

Second Prize Winner – Ave-Okuhle Holding Group

Third Prize Winner – Herenity (Pty) Ltd


Seventeen Runners-up receiving R30 000:

Mancube Fresh Produce (Pty) Ltd

Ace Consortium

Rumo Catering (Pty) Ltd

Mac Tavish Clothing (Pty) Ltd

By Ele Apparel and Interiors (Pty) Ltd

Vivacious Eco Vixon

Gold Shuttle (Pty) Ltd

Kasi Splash (Pty) Ltd

IHR Woodworx (Pty) Ltd


ZAFS the Food Mistro (Pty) Ltd

Milande Communications (Pty) Ltd

Sisamkele N (Pty) Ltd

Thembela Kuthi Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Phels Hair and Beauty (Pty) Ltd

Build A Bite (Pty) Ltd

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