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Date:11/27/2008

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- 20 top international and local companies were honoured at Frost & Sullivan's first annual African Excellence Awards Banquet held tonight at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. The awards were made to companies showcasing leading ideas and innovation across a variety of sectors.

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The awards were made to companies demonstrating leadership in markets from Kenya, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. The sectors covered were energy, healthcare, industrial automation and ICT.

"The companies that received awards have shown innovation, competitiveness and leadership in meeting the particular demands of doing business in Africa," said Frost & Sullivan Partner and Director of African Operations Phil Howarth. "The products and services that we recognised should be applauded as examples of how to manage business in the current economic climate."

The keynote address for the evening was delivered by Johan Dekker, Divisional Director of Barloworld Logistics. Dekker emphasised that companies that embrace Supply Chain Management as a competitive weapon perform better than others.

"I suspect this is true in good times and in bad," he said. "Supply chains can respond effectively in times like these. For instance, supply chain management offers the unique advantage that 'going green' often equates to saving money and addressing the end-consumer's growing need to be environmentally sensitive."

The event culminated in awards being presented to the following organisations demonstrating best practices in their respective disciplines:

Netcare: 2007 South African Private Hospital Growth Strategy Leadership Award

MOBILITRIX: 2008 Sout
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