Project Description

Vivian Reddy born Vathasallum Reddy is the founder of the Edison Group. Reddy is the son of a teacher and the youngest of nine children, he was chosen as South Africa’s first representative to the Boy Scouts Jamboree in Japan.

Born in Durban, he has single-handedly created a business empire with diverse interests in energy, casinos, healthcare, financial services and property development. Reddy is involved in several South African charity initiatives such as the Orphans of AIDS Trust Fund. He has donated substantially to various community projects.

Vivian Reddy has received a number of awards locally and globally. To mention the few:

  • 1992 Four Outstanding South Africans (FOYSA Award)
  • 1993 International Senate Award
  • 1993 Distinguished Service Award
  • 1993 South African Young Achiever Award
  • 1998 Rotary International – Paul Harris Community Service Award
  • 2003 Global Indian Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • 2007 Voted the Most Admired Businessperson in KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2009 Award for Sustainable Contribution to Engineering and Business
  • 2011 Living Legend Award from City of Durban where he said, “This award is very special, coming from my very own city. A city that I love, a city that I worked in and a city that made me who I am.”
  • 2012 Invited to Bill Clinton Global Initiative