Frik Landman (CEO: USB Executive Development Ltd), Colia Louis (Chairman: Louis Group), Marius Furst (President of the USB Alumni Association) and Prof John Powell (Director of the USB)
At a gala evening hosted by the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) at the Rotunda, Camps Bay, Louis Group (Africa) Chairman Colia Louis was honoured by being presented with the prestigious Social Impact Leadership Award for 2011. His selection was made by a panel of five alumni and management members of the USB and was mainly given in recognition of the contribution that Louis Group has made through its Business Academy. This programme is a unique collaboration between Louis Group and USB Executive Development Ltd (USB-ED), combining the Group’s “street savvy” and business principles gleaned over their nine decades as a successful family enterprise with the latest academic insights. The goal of the Academy is to make a difference by providing people with the practical tools they need to survive and thrive in business.
In receiving his award, Colia Louis took the opportunity to thank USB for opening their arms as well as their resources to help other people get a head start in business, many of whom would not otherwise have been able to access the calibre of training the Business Academy offers.
“I am privileged to have been able to use the resources and the business experience of the Louis Group to pass on some of the lessons that we have learned to help a new generation of budding entrepreneurs”, said Mr Louis in his acceptance speech, “The knowledge that in some small way we have been able to make a difference in the lives of others is something of such value that you cannot put a price on it.”
To date, over 1,150 students have successfully graduated from the Academy, which is wholly sponsored by Louis Group.