uShaka Marine World announced as a 2018 National Business Awards Finalist

uShaka Marine World is one of the finalists for the16th annual National Business Awards!

Dr Stella Khumalo with “her crew”

Also known as the Oscars of South African Business, the annual National Business Awards recognise companies that boast outstanding performance in areas such as sustainability, customer focus, tech innovation and rapid growth. Backed by rigorous research and stringent criteria, the accolade is recognised as a benchmark for business excellence.

uShaka Marine World will go head to head with other top performers in the public service category for the winner’s trophy which will be presented at Emperors Palace on 15 November.

Commenting on the achievement of reaching the finals, Dr Stella Khumalo, CEO uShaka Marine World said: “We are excited and proud to have been identified as one of the finalists. This nomination is confirmation of the professionalism, dedication and teamwork of our people. Our qualification is an indication of our commitment to driving growth in the South African economy.”

uShaka Marine World has accumulated a number of awards over the years. These include a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor, Best Attraction at Durban Chamber of Commerce Tourism Awards 2014 and 2015, third place in the Sunday Times Generation Next (for the 6th consecutive year) and the prestigious Lilizela Award for the third time.

As the CEO, Dr Khumalo also won a Regional Business Achiever Award from The Businesswomen's Association of South Africa as well as the Gagasi FM Shero Awards recently. 

Through their recognition on the national stage, past National Business Awards finalists and winners have ignited the ambition of peers in their sector to pursue a similar high water-mark – and uShaka Marine World hopes to do the same.

“We are tremendously excited by the entries we received at the National Business Awards this year. For the first time, we have added sector-specific categories, allowing us to celebrate the growth leaders across the South African economy. Helping us celebrate their successes on the night, VIP speakers Colin Coleman from Goldman Sachs, Bonang Mohale from Business Leadership South Africa and Asha Patel from Google SA will be in attendance. It really promises to be a stellar event,” says Van Fletcher, Director, Top Communications and Media.

For more information on uShaka Marine Worlds National Business Awards journey, please contact Nobuntu Mkhize on or 0313288000. 

For category sponsorship, media or awards table enquiries, email: or call 0860 009 590.

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