Brand South Africa ambitious Play Your Part Awards announces Nation Pride category winner
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The focus of this category is to showcase organisations, businesses or initiatives that work to instill national pride in South Africans by portraying a positive image of the country both locally and globally. is a website dedicated to selling local South African products, and in so doing providing a platform for South African entrepreneurs, businesspeople, artists and craftsmen.

Out of nearly 500 entries, was unanimously declared the winner by the awards’ judges. Play Your Part Awards judge Paul Modjadji remarked that, “the work done by iloveza is impactful, necessary and innovative, contributing to creating an economy that is conducive to combatting our widening unemployment rate.”

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Co-founder Ziyaad Plaatjes, was wowed when he was informed of the long-running website’s win.

“Every time we meet someone, or interview them, we try and instill a love for our nation with them,” said Ziyaad. He continued, “Thank you to Brand South Africa for choosing us and recognising the work that we are doing to uplift the youth as well as assist the SMMEs here in South Africa”.

Nominations in the Job Creation category are now open, and if you know someone deserving of this recognition, nominate or enter the Brand South Africa 2021 Play Your Part Awards today by filling out the form on the Brand South Africa website:

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Nabihah and Ziyaad Plaatjes co-founders, the sole funders, and the only staff who run the whole operation of, started the online platform to assist South Africans in realising their dreams. When the site was originally launched on 25 June 2015, under the name Sjok & Shizi, the site was primarily an online store.

The idea of the online store was to give local traders a chance to showcase their products to the world.

There are many talented individuals that either do not have the time nor the money or sometimes even the tech know-how to have their own online store. Nabihah and Ziyaad decided that (even though they have limited resources themselves) they would give these individuals the platform to advertise their products.

They do not charge for advertising, no monthly fees, no setup costs, no fixed percentages, and even package and deliver the products around the world on behalf of the traders. The model is easy and simple and makes sure that the trader is never out of pocket, but tries to provide a little something to cover the costs that Nabihah and Ziyaad incur while running this operation.

There is FREE delivery on any product throughout South Africa as well as highly competitive global shipping rates.

The online store which is also mobile friendly is just one avenue where the couple are trying to uplift South Africans.

Training on setting up an online store, website, social media accounts, or social media management services are also offered by

About Brand South Africa

Brand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.

About Play Your Part

Play Your Part is a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing. A nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.

Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates and individuals, NGOs and government, churches and schools, from the young to the not-so-young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.