Disclosure: Legatum is a funder of Global Integrity.
Today international investment group Legatum announced the African recipients of its Pioneers of Prosperity Award. This award, given in coordination with the OTF Group and the S.E.VEN Fund “recognises and rewards business leaders in Africa who serve as role models to the continent’s aspiring entrepreneurs.” This year’s recipients represent a diverse cross-section of African business models: from a long-established communications organization to a cleaning services company.
From Legatum’s Press Release:
2008 Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Africa Awards Winners:
Superflux International Limited, Nigeria (Grand Prize Winner)
A leading secure prints solutions provider to major financial institutions, corporations and government agencies in Nigeria, Superflux International Limited also offers outsourced mailing services that require variable data printing (e.g. bank statements) with an increasing presence in the West African region. Empowering clients to operate securely and efficiently through the provision of high integrity documents, Superflux International’s operations are guided by the principles of quality,integrity, dependability, confidentiality, teamwork and human capital development.
AAR HEALTH, Kenya (Winner)
AAR is a successful private health care company in the Eastern Africa region with close to 25 years of experience in providing health care solutions. With over 140,000 members, AAR maintains a leadership position in the provision of health care solutions in Africa. Utilising medical and rescue expertise, AAR has coordinated medical centres in camps for refugees and consistently advocates for the conservation and improvement of the environment, natural resources and wildlife.
Safi Cleaning, Uganda (Winner)
Founded in 2000 in Uganda, Safi Cleaning Services provides professional cleaning services for sanitation and environmental protection, specialising in janitorial services, lawn maintenance, fumigation/pest control services, garbage collection and disposal, dry cleaning and laundry services. Safi Cleaning is committed to establishing quality management systems that ensure customer satisfaction and continual improvement of operations. While providing employment to the disadvantaged in society, this organisation is also involved in social and community activities.
Africa Polysack Industries, Uganda (Winner)
Africa Polysack Industries Limited, headquartered in Uganda, was incorporated in February 1999 and began the rehabilitation of a dilapidated woven polypropylene manufacturing plant in October 2000. Production commenced in August of 2001 and Africa Polysack Industries today is the leading manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags and polypropylene rope in Uganda. This organisation is an ISO 9001 – 2000 certified company since July 2004, adhering to the organisation’s rules and
regulations that have been agreed upon while displaying the highest degree of professionalism.
Gahaya Links, Rwanda (Winner)
Gahaya Links, founded in 2004 in Rwanda, is a leading handcrafts export company in Rwanda that works with over 3,400 rural weavers and exports the products to the United States through the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). AGOA is a US initiative which grants sub-Saharan countries trade preferences for quota and duty-free entry for certain goods into the US. Gahaya Links is committed to empowering rural communities and supporting individuals on their path to become entrepreneurs.
Integr8 Group, South Africa (Winner)
Based in South Africa, Integr8 Group Pty Limited designs, implements and maintains the information, communication and telecommunication environment of many leading corporations across Africa with an emphasis on bridging the digital divide. The company was founded in 1928 and aims to be recognised as the preferred IT Service Partner, focused on innovative, integrated and managed services which add value to all spheres of business operation. In addition, the Integr8 brand strives to deliver customer-defined quality service by attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people and by building strong technology partnerships.
Global Integrity extends its congratulations to each of the winners!
— Norah Mallaney