Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden has been named winner of the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur Award™ for 2017 in the Master Category. He will go on to represent Southern Africa at the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards™ in Monte Carlo in June 2018, where he will compete with over 50 leading entrepreneurs from across the globe.

“Entrepreneurs must be and do three things,” Van Heerden says, “be creative, innovate and add value that is not just financial but also for their people as well as overcoming obstacles – otherwise they are just doing a job.”

Afrimat CEO receives top award

Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden, winner of the EY Southern Africa World Entrepreneur™ Award for 2017 in the Master Category. 

His entrepreneurial journey began quite suddenly when he was fired from his job, and it was this moment that paved the way to the eventual establishment of Afrimat Limited. Guided by his vision to consolidate a fragmented aggregates industry before the construction boom of the mid-2000s, Van Heerden has developed Afrimat into one of the most successful companies in the construction sector.

The Master Category judges included: Sipho Nkosi, former CEO of Exxaro Coal and former president of the Chamber of Mines of South Africa; Peter Mountford, CEO of Super Group and winner of the 2016 Master Category Award; Catherine Townshend, MD of Endeavour South Africa; and Dr Thandi Ndlovu, CEO of Motheo Construction Group.

EY’s World Entrepreneur Awards Programme is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognises the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. The programme celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognising them through regional, national and global awards programmes in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.

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