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Sanlam Knysna Awards finalists
The voting phase of the 2015/2016 Sanlam Knysna Awards has ended
KNYSNA NEWS - The voting phase of the 2015/2016 Sanlam Knysna Awards ended on January 17 with no less than 7 352 votes received from the voting public in the greater Knysna area – a massive increase from last year.
Anticipation for the Awards will reach climax on Thursday, February 4 when the winners will be announced at an exciting gala dinner at the Simola Hotel. The top three nominees who received the greatest number of votes in each of the 12 categories have been contacted directly by the principal sponsor, Sanlam.
Event organisers are thrilled at this year’s response. Pieter Cloete says, “The phenomenal growth of the Sanlam Knysna Awards goes to show that local people are willing and ready to recognise and applaud individuals and organisations who continue to make Knysna a wonderful place in which to live, work and visit.”
Cloete continued: “There are no losers in the awards process. Every person and organisation nominated should feel pleased and proud that the public appreciates their contribution to our society. Being a finalist and, ultimately, a category winner is just the icing on the cake.”
The finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Best Tourism Activity Award
Mosaic Village and Outdoor Market
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
The Leisure Island Festival
Best Tourism Establishment Award
Lakeside Lodge & Spa
Leisure Isle Lodge
Pine Lake Marina
Best Eatery Award presented by Barnies Trading
East Head Cafe
Social Media & Online Marketing Award presented by Sozo Digital
Elmarie “Elle” Redman
Penny Foyn (Knysna Golden Girls Community)
Local Charity Award
e’Pap Childrens’ Feeding Project
Knysna Animal Welfare Society
The Knysna Basin Project
Best Community Leader Award
Sanlam Small Business Award
Nine on Gray
Sanlam Businesswoman of the Year Award
Hanlie van Niekerk
Sanlam Businessman of the Year Award
Young Entrepreneur Award
Duran de Villiers
Best Service Award
The Garden Route Eye Clinic
Proudly Knysna Award
Postcards from Knysna
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
Finalists, their nominators, friends and families are urged to book their seats for February 4, when the winner in each category will be revealed. Tickets cost R250 per person and include drinks and snacks on arrival, a sumptuous buffet dinner and entertainment.
The event begins at 18:30 sharp and will be strictly black tie. Only 120 tickets are available, so to avoid disappointment, book online now at
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