Resolve Capacity, a division of Imperial Logistics group company Resolve Solution Partners, has won the Corporate Innovation Award at the 2015 SA Innovation Awards, held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

The awards are held by MyWorld of Tomorrow in partnership with Business Connexion and Business Day, and aim to recognise and showcase innovative companies and individuals who are frontrunners in their fields.

Arno Haigh, Managing Executive at Resolve Capacity, is honoured that the innovative Clinic-in-a-Box was selected as the winner. “The calibre of the other entrants was extremely high, and we are pleased to see such high levels of innovation taking place across all industries,” he says. “We are also pleased that our work as a company that is dedicated to providing innovative solutions to unique African infrastructure challenges has been recognised by leaders in innovation.”

Clinic-in-a-Box is an innovative turnkey infrastructural concept for the rapid deployment and commissioning of a clinic. These prefabricated structures can be erected within less than a day, and contain all the componentry required to deliver a total solution, packed and ready for delivery in 20 to 40 ft containers.

“We have a wide footprint in Africa, with projects in Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda,” says Haigh. “We really are making strides in improving supply chain infrastructure in Africa, particularly in the healthcare industry.”

This is in addition to facilities already built in South Africa, including circumcision clinics for CHAPS in Sasolburg and Soweto using the Clinic-in-a-Box solution. Resolve Capacity’s success with these clinics has resulted in its being awarded preferred supplier status for new clinics going forward.

“We know that in addition to job creation and local business development during construction, our projects have a significant positive impact on distribution networks in their regions,” concludes Haigh. “By helping alleviate the supply chain infrastructure challenges our continent is facing, we are helping move the African economy forward through enabling growth and development, and recognition from the likes of the SA Innovations Awards is testament to our commitment to positive change.”

Matthew Blewett, Chief Investment Officer at Business Connexion said at the awards that it is no longer only large companies who are the leaders in innovation. “Innovation is being democratised,” he said. “Today you can innovate by having an internet connection and you can even fund yourself through various methods. That is why we launched the SA Innovation Awards – to provide a platform for African innovators, big or small, to showcase how they are bringing great local ideas to life. It’s our way of recognising and celebrating innovation.”

 

Dr Sibongile Gumbi, one of this year’s judges at the awards, and Group Executive at the Technology Innovation Agency, says that all industries should be looking at technology as a mechanism of improving efficiencies, operational effectiveness as well as their competitiveness: “It is important to embrace technology and in the end see these innovations in the market.”

Also a judge, and Editor of Business Day, Songezo Zibi said that as much as Africa’s enormous economic potential is recognised, it is only through successful innovations on varying scales that this potential is realised and sustained: “I am honoured to have been part of promoting the SA Innovation Awards; it is a valuable tool that we as Business Day support, and look forward to seeing further innovative ideas for our economy.”

The winners were adjudicated by a panel of judges and audited by Mazars. The My World of Tomorrow conference and expo will run from 22-24 October at the Sandton Convention Centre. Tickets are available at www.mwotafrica.com.

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