10 May 2017

Stadium Management South Africa (SMSA) continues to make international waves with another international award – this time being awarded the 2017 BIZZ Award for Business Excellence by the World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB) founded in Houston, Texas, United States.

The primary mission of WORLDCOB is on recognising and boosting growth of leading businesses and business people with their organisation consisting of approximately 3 000 members over 100 countries.

This adds to a long list of global achievements for SMSA, who manage FNB, Orlando, Rand and Dobsonville Stadiums on a full financial business model and without a management fee, subsidy or grant.

In addition to the Impumelelo Top Empowerment award given in 2015 and 2017 in recognition of the ground work and their commitment to transformation in South Africa, SMSA was bestowed with the 2016 Business Initiative Directions (BID) Corporate Award for Excellence towards the end of last year.

Then there was the Europe Business Assembly where SMSA was awarded the Business Enterprise and European Business License with Chief Executive Officer, Jacques Grobbelaar, walking away with the Manager of the Year accolade two months ago.

The iconic FNB Stadium alongside the premier 2016 Carling Black Label Champion Cup is also nominated for the Fan Experience of the Year in the Stadium Business Awards to be held in Dublin, Republic of Ireland next month (22 June), competing against other international sporting acts from the United Kingdom and the United States.

In this category, voting polls closes this Friday, 12 May. The public can vote on this link to vote: www.stadiummanagement.co.za/sba.

This is a major achievement for the 2010 Fifa World Cup facility, which continues to bring sustainable content while the rest of the municipality-ran facilities in the country falter.

Orlando Stadium has also been a heap of activity with the return of rugby action and a double header when South Africa A take on the French Barbarians in an international  fixture that will be preceded by the Vodacom Blue Bulls and Xerox Golden Lions encounter on 23 June.

“This is another incredible achievement for our hard-working staff, the City of Johannesburg and for all South Africans,” an elated Grobbelaar said.

“With top class events that we are able to attract, we continue adding value and saving money for the taxpayer. SMSA continues to provide great sporting, music, religious and corporate activities at venues under our management. We have had nearly eight million fans that have come through our turnstiles since 2009, which equates to two-thirds of the Gauteng province.”