L-R includes – Botha Ernst, Janneke Loubser, Robyn van Heerden and Pieter Badenhorst.
Johannesburg –The AFGRI Legal team has secured yet another award for excellence, this time at the 2017 African Legal Awards, which were announced on Friday evening. The team won the award for “Best Legal Department in Africa (Small Team)” at the ceremony, making this the fourth time that AFGRI has won the coveted award.
“I am exceptionally proud of this team. During the past five years, they have been announced as finalists 11 times in various categories, and have gone on to win seven awards. They’ve also been both shortlisted and won more awards than any other in-house legal team in Africa,” said a delighted Chris Venter, CEO of the AFGRI Group.
Hosted by Legal Week and Corporate Counsel Association of South-Africa, the African Legal Awards is the biggest and most prestigious award ceremony of its kind on the continent. A major feature of is the credibility of the judging process as the finalists and winners are decided by an independent judging panel made up of general counsel and other senior members of the legal community across Africa.
Pieter Badenhorst, AFGRI Group Holdings Director of Legal, Risk and Compliance, added that the awards serve to motivate himself and his team. “These awards, acknowledged as the foremost of their kind in Africa, are extremely competitive and we compete against legal teams across the continent. It is thus both satisfying and humbling to receive such recognition from your peers. The criteria for the awards, which include such as teamwork, innovation, excellence, efficiency and client satisfaction also resonate with us. I can honestly say that I am very fortunate to work with such an amazing team.”
When asked how the team managed to be such consistently good performers, Pieter said that it started with recruiting the best people for the job, training them well and giving them exposure to challenging and rewarding work. “The team wants to be a truly strategic partner to the business and we understand we can be successful only if AFGRI is successful too. We therefore focus on the needs of the business, with the team setting high standards for themselves. We don’t shy away from complex and demanding challenges but embrace them instead. Our team spirit is excellent and we’re very aware that no individual is bigger than the team.”