Family business wins award
“Father and son team, Kerry and Craig Motherwell of Foxolution SE, base in Kommetjie,
received the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the recent awards ceremony for
the annual 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year competition by Sanlam and Business Partners.
The Entrepreneur of the Year competition aims to honour, benefit and uplift South African small
and medium enterprises and is celebrating it’s 30th year.
The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship, serving as an inspiration to
others to succeed in the world of business.
Foxolution SE designs and builds on-site oxygen generators for various industries, utilising
their own purpose-built technology to supply hospitals and clinics.
The generators, which extract oxygen from the surrounding air, are utilised for a number of
industrial applications, including gold recovery, wastewater treatment, water purification
and odour control.
While Foxolution is currently the only manufacturer of oxygen generators in South Africa, the
company has sold the majority of its units on the rest of the African
continent, which helps to bring revenue into the country. The company has installed units in Ghana,
Sierra Leone and Liberia, among other countries.
Launched in 2003, Foxolution has also prevailed against its share of potentially crippling challenges.
Most notably, Foxolution has rebounded from being bankrupted by one of it’s clients, and successfully weathered
the 2008 global financial crisis.
Kerry and Craig have also committed themselves to ensuring that Foxolution’s employees
receive the best possible opportunities to grow their skills.
Having been accredited by the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services
Sector Education and Training Authority (MerSeta), Foxolution offers
in-house training for aspirant technicians, artisans and engineers.
The company also provides financial support for long-standing employees who wish to study
further in line with its core engineering activities.
The panel of judges commended the Foxolution team’s tenacity and entrepreneurial drive.
“We are extremely impressed by Kerry and Craig’s commitment to understanding every aspect
of their industry, as well as their results when it comes to bringing revenue into South Africa.
“Like many businesses, Foxolution has also experienced situations that threatened to close their
doors, and the fact that they could continue to build their business through rough times is a
testament to their entrepreneurial spirit,” commented the judges.
On being selected as the winner in the national competition, the father-son duo say this is only
the beginning for Foxolution. “This award confirms that we are on the right track with out business, but
it also serves to motivate us to keep moving forward in terms of growth and expansion,”