Imraan Noorbai, Ebrahim Patel, Vivian Reddy and Asgar Mohomed Photo by: Sydney Reddy – Studio Sydney

Tabloid Newspaper’s managing director Rishaad Mahomed was one of three finalists for the Business Person of the Year award at Friday night’s Minara Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Awards and Gala Dinner.

The event was held at the NMJ Hall in Morningside (Overport) and was attended by captains of industry and commerce.

Mahomed started the Tabloid Newspapers brand more than 25 years ago, growing it to one of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest independent publishing houses. The publisher of 15 community titles said that he was humbled to share the stage among such business giants. Ahmed Mahomed, chief executive of Datacentrix, and Shabir Tayob, managing director of BMW Supertech, were the other two finalists in the category. On winning his award Datacentrix’s Mahomed said that it was important to set the pace for young people behind them.

The Minara Chamber of Commerce (MCC) provides a guiding vision for business and to promote and strengthen activities for its members. President Solly Suleman said that the MCC endeavours to recognise achievers who make a difference in their communities. The inaugural awards was held in 2009. “We have had many movers and shakers over the years. The Minara Chamber of Commerce was established to provide guidance to Muslim businesses and who help uplift communities among us,” said Suleman.

The Lifetime Achiever of the Year Award was presented to AV Mahomed, who already has a string of awards behind him. On receiving his award, Mahomed said that it only inspired him to continue with the work that he has been doing for the last 54 years.

Mahomed, on receiving his award said that he found in his long history of service that the biggest problem facing organisations was the lack of succession planning. “We must have this. It is vital for continuity. The Minara Chamber of Commerce is playing a leading role in the way forward for the youth. Our rich culture is being contaminated by the West. We must not lose this (our) culture,” said Mahomed.

He said that while he was ‘quite comfortable’ as Indian South Africans practising religion or using their mother tongue freely “you are a South African first, and your loyalty lies to the country.” He warned that communities should not keep themselves isolated. “Please refrain from taking sides or religion. Serve humanity.”

Other finalists and categories
Business Entity of the Year: Capital Group (winner); Alif Door Manufacturers; Limco Group.
Business Woman of the Year: Zeenat Ghoor, Aspire Consulting MD; Zulaka Khan, Verulam Dialysis Centre founder; Dimpho Aishah Majogo, Nyota Clothing founder (winner).
Professional Achiever of the Year: Mohamed Junaid Husain; Dr Najma Mahomed (winner); Professor Ahmed Adam.
Young Entrepreneurs of the Year: Mohammed Taahir Shah; Zainub Paruk (winner); Muhammad Simjee.
Community Builder of the Year: Ghamiet Aysen; Moulana Nazir Munshie, Al Fidaa Foundation; Sheikh Saleem N Banda, World Assembly of Muslim Youth (winner).

Keynote speaker was Mufti Yusuf Suliman, who spoke on the Islamic Economy: Past, present and future.