BY Gavin Emmanuel 2 MINUTE READ
The 10th annual Growth, Innovation and Leadership (GIL) African Best Practices Awards hosted by Frost & Sullivan, in partnership with the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and Arkadin, were held on 13 September 2018, at the Table Bay in Cape Town. 

The event kicked off with Frost & Sullivan’s Hendrik Malan, Partner and Operations Director for Africa, presenting the 2018-2019 Global Mega Trends at the CEO Think Tank, followed by a presentation on innovation and supporting start-ups by Sholto Dolamo, Head of Research for the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). 
Awards keynote speaker Tonya Fowler, Frost & Sullivan Global Research Director, discussed the rigorous process based on completed consulting and research  that research analysts go through when nominating companies for Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards. 

Several companies were recognized with Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards for their contribution to the growth of Africa. Award categories included Energy & Environment, Transformational Health, Digital Transformation and Mobility.  

The 2017 and 2018 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recipients are: 

·        2017 Southern African Dry Sanitation – Company of the Year Award – Enviro Loo 
·        2017 East African Renewable Energy Development and Distribution – Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award – Rift Valley Energy Tanzania 
·        2017 South African Enterprise Software for Retail – Customer Value Leadership Award – redPanda Software 
·        2018 Sub-Saharan African Smart Water Management Solutions – Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award – Utility Systems 
·        2018 Nigerian Pharmaceutical Production and Distribution – Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award – Fidson Healthcare 
·        2018 African Health Product and Technology Distributor – Visionary Innovation Leadership Award – Kiara Health 
·        2018 Sub-Saharan African Communications Services – Enabling Technology Leadership Award – Afrique Telecom 
·        2018 Middle Eastern & African Smart Cards – Customer Value Leadership Award – Gemalto 
·        2018 Sub-Saharan African Tower Infrastructure – Enabling Technology Leadership Award – NuRAN Wireless 
·        2018 South African LPWAN Enabling Technology Leadership Award – SqwidNet 
·        2018 African IoT – Technology Innovation Award – Vodacom 
·        2018 South African Taxi Hailing – New Product Innovation Award – Afta Robot 
·        2018 South African On-demand Logistics – New Product Innovation Award – EmptyTrips .
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