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Inspiring Good Business at the 20th Annual Top Empowerment Awards

Running annually for the last twenty years, the 20th Top Empowerment Awards celebrated individuals and organisations that have excelled at transformation. In response to the global pandemic and as part of ongoing innovation, the conference and awards have pivoted to virtual, ensuring a  wider global audience. The conference brought together experts in the field and charged conversations set to catalyse change. In lieu of Madiba month, the awards provide recognition for outstanding strategies and practices that deliver a direct impact on business and innovations that set new standards across industries. “That is why we believe it is imperative to recognise the companies and individuals who are enacting meaningful change” – Topco Media CEO, Ralf Fletcher.

 

Finalists and winners at the Top Empowerment Awards had the opportunity to virtually network and celebrate their achievements. Winners were announced on the evening of the 15th of July 2021 at the star-studded awards ceremony.

 

Empowerment Victories

 

Among some of the attendees were the likes of Mathews Phosa and Trevor Manuel.  Mr. Manuel accepted the acclaimed ‘Lifetime Achievement Award,’ for selflessly demonstrating vision and leadership in empowerment and transformation.

 

 

The Esteemed List of Category Winners Included:

 

TOP EMPOWERMENT YOUTH EMPLOYMENT SERVICE INITIATIVE “YES”

The Foschini Group

 

TOP EMPOWERED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Nedbank

 

TOP EMPOWERED BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR

Charmaine Mabuza – Ithuba Holdings

 

TOP EMPOWERED ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT

Merchants SA

 

TOP EMPOWERED SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

GrowthPoint Properties

 

TOP EMPOWERED PUBLIC SERVICE

eThekwini Municipality

 

TOP EMPOWERED COMPANY: CUSTOMER FOCUS

Cell C

 

TOP EMPOWERED EDUCATION & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Provantage Media Group

 

TOP EMPOWERED YOUNG ACHIEVER

Vumile Msweli – Hesed Consulting

 

TOP EMPOWERED JOB CREATION

Bathu

 

TOP EMPOWERMENT COMPANY: FAST GROWTH BLACK-OWNED SMME

Mbokodo Building

 

TOP EMPOWERED ENTREPRENEUR OF 2021

Zakhele Mgobhozi – Modern Centric

 

The Panel of Acclaimed Judges Included:

 

Parmi Natesan, CEO at Institute of Directors;

Thulani Nzima, chairperson at Mpumalanga Tourism & Parks;

Mothunye Mothiba, CEO at Productivity SA;

Khatu Ramukumba, Vice Principal of UNISA;

Marelise Van Der Westhuizen, CEO at Norton Rose Fulbright;

Vino Governder, CEO at LA Consulting Engineers;

Nceba Ndzwayiba, Group Human Resources & Transformation Director at Netcare;

Victor Sekese, CEO at SNG Grant Thornton.

 

The List of Empowered Finalists:

 

Top Empowered Company: Socio-Economic Development

 

Adopt a School

AECI

Afgri  Group Holdings

AfroCentric

Bonakude

BP South Africa

Coega Development Corporation

Distell

GrowthPoint Properties

Provantage Media Group

Spring Lights Gas

Wartsila SA

 

Top Empowered Company: Enterprise & Supplier Development

 

Discovery

Distell

Honeywell

Merchants SA

MultiChoice

Tsebo Solutions Group

Tshimologo Executive Group

Turner & Townsend

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Education & Skills Development

 

Adopt a School

Good Work Foundation

Provantage Media Group

Tsebo Solutions Group

University of Freestate

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Customer Focus

 

Bathu

BP South Africa

CallForce

Career Box

Cell C

FedEx SA

Spring Lights Gas

 

 

Top Empowered Young Achiever

 

Dineo Motikoe – Nubian Browny

Emmanuel Bonoko – Ebonoko Holdings

Jumien Peceur – AMIS

Lettie Mashau – Motheo Construction

Mampho Sotshongaye – Golden Rewards

Marumo Marumo – Maru Corporation

Thandeka Nombanjiji-Nzama – Mbokodo Building

Vumile Msweli – Hesed Consulting

Zanele Lorraine Stole – Immaculate Cleaning

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Fast track Black-Owned SMME

 

Golden Rewards

MaruCorporation

Mbokodo Building

Modern Centric

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Public services

 

Coega Development Corporation

eThekwini Municipality

Gautrain Management Agency

South African Civil Aviation

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Business Leader

 

Charmaine Mabuza – Ithuba Lottery

Dr Ayanda Vilakazi – Coega Development Corporation

Feroza Cassim – Wartsila SA

Raksha Naidoo – AMIS

Rebecca Mosehle – Liquid Telecom

Sydwell Shikweni – Merchants SA

Taelo Mojapelo BP South Africa

Theo Baloyi – Bathu

Viwe Mgedezi – Gautrain Management Agency

 

 

Top Entrepreneur of 2021

 

Thandeka Nombanjiji-Nzama – Mbokodo Building

Theo Baloyi – Bathu

Tshegetsang Sebeela – Tshimologo Executive Group

Zakhele Mgobhozi – Modern Centric

Zanele Lorraine Stole – Immaculate Cleaning

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Job Creation

 

Bathu

CallForce

CCI South Africa

Coega Development Corporation

Turner & Townsend

 

 

Top Empowered Company: Y.E.S

 

Career Box

Discovery

The Foschini Group

 

 

Top Empowered Business of the year

 

Adenco Construction

African Oxygen

AfroCentric Investment Corporation

Bathu

FedEx Express

Isilumko Staffing

Ithuba Lottery

Motheo Construction

Multichoice

Nedbank

Wilson Bayly Holmes Ovcon (WBHO)

 

 

 

A Message of Hope

 

On the evening of the awards, Dr. Mathews Phosa gave a moving speech where he urged South Africans to take decisive action to combat the current issues faced by the country. Dr. Phosa reiterated that having respect for one another is imperative on the road to prosperity.

Over the last two decades, the event has created a legacy of inspiration for the country’s business elite, giving SA the opportunity to honour leaders, individuals, and organisations who exemplify transformation and empowerment.

 

 

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Shahrain Coovadia

Shahrain Coovadia is a Cyber Security Consultant at Deloitte, South Africa. Prior to joining Deloitte she started a web-design studio, and worked at the University of Cape Town as a teaching facilitator. Shahrain graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce Honours specialising in Information Systems. She currently facilitates web & database management for Ecommerce Forum South Africa (EFSA).

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