Gala evening with Dawie Roodt

Who will walk away with the top awards for the best businesses in Mossel Bay for 2017? During 2016 it was the ATKV Hartenbos. Here the manager Mornay Beukes (middle) enjoys the moment with Councillor Anton Dellemijn (left) and deputy mayor Dirk Kotze (right). The top businesses in the small, medium and large sections, as well as the Business Person of the year, will be announced at the gala event at the Diaz Beach Hotel and Resort. Photo: Denise Lloyd

MOSSEL BAY NEWS - The Mossel Bay Business Chamber strives to keep their members up to date on what is happening in the business world. One of the most exciting trends on the monitory front is the digital and virtual money opportunities.

Dawie Roodt, well-known economist and at present busy with his doctorate on virtual money, will be the guest speaker at the prestigious gala evening on Friday, 25 August at the Diaz Beach Hotel and Resort.

He has invited interested parties to submit questions on the subject and he will then present the answers at the function. Send your questions to

Just to inform you on the Bitcoin issue: the world is in a frenzy because of Bitcoin and other digital monies that are all the rage. At first, it was made out to be just another fad but as time goes by, it became clear that this new technology is revolutionary and here to stay. Chances are that we will soon see a dramatic change in banking; it might even be possible that banks and central banks will completely disappear soon!

That’s not all. Technology like blockchain can also be used to disrupt and replace stock exchanges, deed registrations, insurance companies and much, much more. Many careers that are linked to these businesses will fall victim to these developments. 

We are certainly at the beginning of a technological revolution and the sooner you master the technology and terminology, the quicker you will be able to take part in this exciting new world.

The function starts at 19:00 and tickets can be booked by calling 082 571 3220 or send a mail to

Business awards
The annual Business of the Year awards will also be featured at the function. This year’s Business of 2017 competition will be in pursuance of the Chamber’s vision for acknowledging excellence. 

This is in line with the foundations anchoring the Awards, namely: identifying, encouraging and rewarding excellence, while still being highly competitive.

At the same time, this award also seeks to inspire budding entrepreneurs by emulating and exceeding the achievements of those who traversed the road before them.

The committee awaits your nomination for your favourite or most successful business in the different categories. The small business category is for business with a turnover of up to R5 million per annum: medium for businesses between R5 and R20 million and large businesses R20 million plus. There is also a corporate section for national organisations. Then the committee also awaits nominations for special awards for the Business Person of the Year as well as organisations involved in community projects.

Nomination forms are available on the website or call 082 571 3220. Please forward your nominations to by 18 August.

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