“There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it” – Ernst & Young.
We couldn’t be more proud of Londolozi’s Co-Founder, Dave Varty, who was nominated as a finalist for the EY World Entrepreneur Award in the exceptional category. After 45 years of pioneering conservation, developing sustainability models, creating safe havens for wildlife and providing a futuristic African Village to the Londolozi Family, we couldn’t be more humbled and honoured of such a deserving nomination in African entrepreneurship.
A few words from Dave:
I wanted to firstly congratulate the deserving winners of each section and in particular wish them well on their onward journey to creating remarkable enterprises.
The outstanding feature of the event for me was the opportunity to meet and interact with the other finalists. Hearing their personal stories as to how their companies came into being was not only a privilege but was also very inspiring.
The differences in each of the companies represented and the varying background of each finalist further demonstrated the resilience and diversity of the people who live and work on this wonderful continent called Africa.
The engagement with EY was memorable and I extend my particular thanks to Ryan Burke (EY Global Growth Markets Leader) for originally suggesting that we submit the Londolozi story to EY and of course to Azim Omar and his team for their attention to detail, warm reception and extraordinary organisational skills. I wish them well for the Monaco program and know that Craig Irvine who won the Master category will be a wonderful ambassador for our country.
My thanks go to EY for this extraordinary initiative and superb organising, and to the many friends and family for the support, encouragement and kind words over all social media platforms, I am deeply appreciative,