16th Annual Oliver Top Empowerment Awards

Birchwood Hotel

Johannesburg

30 March 2017

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The Oliver Top Empowerment Awards, South Africa’s premier awards for leadership in transformation, has created a legacy of inspiration over the course of the last two decades. It showcases outstanding leaders – organisations and individuals – who exemplify vision, innovation, leadership, and, most of all, action in the name of transformation. The result is that committed South Africans, from across the economy, are motivated to pursue equally impressive empowerment-based success.

AWARD WINNERS 2017

HONORARY AWARD: LEGENDS OF EMPOWERMENT

Bidvest Group

Aspen

South African Breweries

Vodacom

Nedbank

Old Mutual Life Assurance

Liberty Holdings

Alexander Forbes Group Holdings

MMI Holdings

Basil Read

Group Five

FAST GROWTH BLACK-OWNED SMME AWARD: CALVIN AND FAMILY GROUP

Calvin and Family Group was established in 2005 and is a trailblazer in the development and construction industry; specialising  in residential developments as well as commercial, retail & industrial projects, low cost housing and schools. You’ll also see the Calvin name in many other market spheres. Well done to Calvin – AND family.

TOP EMPOWERED DIVERSITY AWARD: ISILUMKO STAFFING

Isilumko, whose name means “The wise”, has two divisions: Isilumko Staffing and Isilumko Media. The company was founded in 1992 and has an established national infrastructure in all major business centres. The company’s high-quality human capital is driven by an entrepreneurial culture placing a premium on innovation.

TOP EMPOWERED: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD: DIGITAL GENERATION

Digital Generation provides innovative value-added solutions for companies of all sizes,and is a partner to all major tech brands.Under the B-BBEE Codes of Good Practice, DG is defined as Level 2 Black Women Owned: clients receive as many as 18 points by procuring from DG…well done, Digital Generation, on pressing all the right buttons for top empowerment!

TOP EMPOWERED: ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AWARD:
MULTICHOICE SOUTH AFRICA HOLDINGS

Multichoice South Africa Holdings operates as a holding company that, through its subsidiaries, provides digital satellite television services, including mobile television. Multichoice offers a multitude of content: the latest movies, lifestyle and culture, sport, documentaries, news and more. Well done Multichoice – the judges made their choice.

TOP EMPOWERED: SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD: VOLKSWAGEN SOUTH AFRICA

Established 71 years ago and 3 years younger than President Zuma, Volkswagen Group South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengessellschaft (VWAG) in Germany. For generations, VW has been a transformation leader – and a driver for job creation and skills development. Well done VW – the people’s favourite.

TOP EMPOWERED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD: SOUTH AFRICAN CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

SPONSORED BY ARMS AUDIT 

Also shortened to ‘SACAA’, for those about to share the news on Twitter, this body regulates civil aviation safety and security – and furthers sustainable development of the industry. Thanks for keeping us all safe, SACAA – and for piloting transformation to new heights.

TOP EMPOWERED JOB CREATION AWARD: ISILUMKO STAFFING

Isilumko comprises of  Isilumko Staffing and Isilumko Media, and offers flexible staffing services and solutions to satisfy the needs of diverse clients around the country. Isilumko, you are a transformation champion – your second trophy for 2017!

TOP EMPOWERED ENTREPRENEUR OF 2017 AWARD: CONNIE MDLADLA – KHAAS LOGISTICS

This Wits alumnus took a leap of faith in 2008 to start her own freight forwarding and logistics brokerage services firm. In a tough industry, she kept punching above her weight and her acclaim grew. Today, Khaas Logistics commands powerhouse status and continues to uphold the vision and conviction of our Entrepreneur of the Year.

TOP EMPOWERED: PUBLIC SERVICE LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
MOTHOBI EDWARD MOTHOBI – NORTH WEST PARKS BOARD

SPONSORED BY PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGER

CEO of the North West Parks Board, Mothobi Edward Mothobi, is the man driving its vision  for a growing economy that creates jobs, alleviates poverty and protects the environment. Through his commitment, Mothobi is uplifting the people of that beautiful province; while also making sure it stays beautiful through effective sustainable tourism.

TOP EMPOWERED YOUNG ACHIEVER UNDER 40 YEARS AWARD:
BRODWEN KOEN – KOEN & ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTURE

 

Brodwen’s remarkable rise to success was fueled by his thirst to tackle multifaceted complex architectural projects, which saw him thrive at a number of acclaimed firms,
before building his own successful company from one person in 2011, to 12 today. Brodwen, you can only build on your achievements going forward. Well done!

TOP EMPOWERED: BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD:
KHALID ABDULLA – AFRICAN EQUITY EMPOWERMENT INVESTMENTS

Khalid Abdulla is CEO of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited and has been with the Group since 1999. He has over 25 years’ experience related to healthcare, technology, financial services, events and tourism. A regular participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Khalid has graced our empowerment stage before – as a finalist in our 2015 awards.

TOP EMPOWERED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD: TRAVEL WITH FLAIR

SPONSORED BY NEDBANK


 

Black female owned and Level 1 B-B BEE Accredited, Travel with Flair combines astute strategy and exceptional service to deliver a fast and versatile service to clients. With over 18 years in the industry, 17 branches and a team of over 750, Travel with Flair can proudly add another award to its string of accolades.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: DEPUTY PRESIDENT MATAMELA CYRIL RAMAPHOSA

In honour of a renowned businessperson, activist, and trade union leader.  Respected as a skillful negotiator and strategist, he built up the most powerful trade union in South Africa – the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) – and, during a pivotal phase during a time of turbulence and uncertainty, played a crucial role in helping to steer our country peacefully out of the darkness of apartheid. For that noble accomplishment and for his many since the dawn of democracy, we are proud to applaud this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

AWARDS FINALISTS 2017

FAST GROWTH BLACK-OWNED SMME AWARD

Calvin & Family Group

Giscoe

Koen & Associates Architecture

LA Consulting Engineers

NVT Communications

Silulo Ulutho Technologies

Usizo Engineering

Yourself Management

SED (SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT) AWARD

Britehouse SSD

K.Carrim Group

McKinsey & Company

Multichoice South Africa Holdings

Vitrovian

Volkswagen South Africa

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Anglo American Platinum

Britehouse SSD

DG Store SA

Elgin Brown & Hamer

McKinsey & Company

Multichoice South Africa Holdings

Palabora Mining

Scan Display Solutions

Volkswagen South Africa

ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Elgin Brown & Hamer

EnSafrica

K.Carrim

Multichoice South Africa Holdings

Sun International

Volkswagen South Africa

TOP EMPOWERED PUBLIC SERVICE LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Maphefo Anno-Frempong – Transport Education & Training Authority

Mothobi Edward Mothobi – North West Parks Board

Phathiswa Fotoyi – Transnet

Poncho Mokaila – Department of Rural, Environment & Agricultural Development

Xolile George – South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

TOP EMPOWERED YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD (UNDER 40 YEARS)

Brodwen Koen – Koen & Associates Architecture

Connie Mdladla – Khaas Logistics

Mr Lita Mbokotho – Tsori Capital

Siphiwe Mgandela – DG Store SA

TOP EMPOWERED BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD

David Masondo – Automotive Industry Development Centre

Faith Khanyile – WDB Investment Holdings

Jay Ramnundlall — Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

Johanna Mukoki – Travel with Flair

Khalid Abdulla – African Equity Empowerment Investments

Lindiwe Mtsweni – Vitrovian

TOP EMPOWERED BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Adenco Construction

Dolphin Coast Landfill Management

Esquire System Technologies

McKinsey & Company

Multichoice South Africa Holdings

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

Travel with Flair

WDB Investment Holdings

Woodford Group

DIVERSITY AWARD

DG Store SA

Dolphin Co

ast Landfill Management

Empire Technology

Isilumko Staffing Solutions

Praxis Computing

JOB CREATION AWARD

Coega Development Corporation

Isilumko Staffing Solutions

Adenco Construction

Go Big Construction

TOP EMPOWERED PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Automotive Industry Development Centre

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality

Freedom Park

North West Parks Board

Project Isizwe

South African Civil Aviation Authority

The Playhouse Company

TOP EMPOWERED ENTREPRENEUR OF 2017 AWARD

Asgar Mahomed & Mahomed Cassim – Esquire System Technologies

Calvin Mathibeli – Calvin & Family Group

Connie Mdladla – Khaas Logistics

Kabelo Ncholo – Yourself Management

Kershen Pillay – Masifunde Training Centre

Nomfundo Mcoyi – Icebolethu Group

Shaun Clive Quarmby – DG Store SA

Vino Govender – LA Consulting Engineers

 

AWARDS CATEGORIES 2018

 

General criteria

 

• Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million, unless otherwise specified
• Only companies with a valid B-BBEE Certificate will be considered for entry, unless they have a valid share certificate and letter of 50.1% ownership from their auditor

 

Please note that companies will be judges based on the:
• Implementation of their strategic B-BBEE policies
• Implementation of effective internal B-BBEE measurement mechanisms
• Status with regards to the five pillars of empowerment, as per the B-BBEE scorecard
• Sustainable increase in financial performance
• Please note that the quality of your entry is critical to the judging process

 

Top Empowered Company: Education and Training

This award recognises accredited tertiary colleges, universities and various private institutions that demonstrate the best skills development programmes or policy through education and training. Their programmes must be aimed at improving the working skills of black employees as well as contributing to the growth of the economy in South Africa.


Top Empowered Company: Financial Services

This award goes to South Africa’s financial services sector – comprising commercial, retail and merchant banking, mortgage lending, insurance and investment. The winner in this category will have shown a keen sense of the needs within the financial industry, having provided and implemented strategic programmes in making black employees visible at all levels, including management.


Top Empowered Company: Infrastructure

This award recognises organisations involved in innovative, sustainable and efficiency-enhancing infrastructure development. The scope of the category includes roads and railways, ports, energy, water and sanitation, housing, access to basic services, healthcare and education.


Top Empowered Company: ICT

This award goes to a company whose technology-based innovation demonstrates improved productivity, price, quality, effectiveness and efficiencies that enhance the competitiveness of the South African economy. “Innovation” may denote an internal system or a product available to the public which in turn assists in advancing the industry with the latest technology.


Top Empowered Company: Public Services

The award goes to national and provincial government departments, parastatals and/or agencies that clearly and effectively demonstrate the highest level of black economic empowerment, from staff to suppliers, through to programmes and policies. An important factor is measurable and accountable leadership committed to developing previously disadvantaged individuals through programmes and policies. The winning organisation’s accomplishments should be a shining example for other non-profit organisations.


Top Empowered Company: Support Services

This award recognises exemplary empowerment achievements within the interrelated fields of Catering Services, Facilities Management, Waste Management, Contract Cleaners, Security Services, Employment Agencies, Business Process Outsourcing, Legal Services, Management Consultants, Verification Agencies and Professional Services.


Top Empowered Company: Industrialisation

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million. This award is open to companies that promote the participation of black industrialists as manufacturers in key sectors of the economy as identified in IPAP. Being a key driver of job creation, it is imperative that the winning company invests in and enables a new generation of black industrialists to help address  South Africa’s concerning unemployment figures.

The following categories are open for entry to organisations across all sectors, with an annual revenue above R35 million.

Top Empowered Company: Skills Development

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million. This award recognises intensive learnerships and skills programmes that support, for example, youth development, and promote career awareness for black employees. Organisations in this category should be investing 2% of their payroll on skills development for black employees. Entrants should discuss their effective and sustainable skills development programme/s or policy/ies and the successful outcomes thereof.


Top Empowered Company: Enterprise and Supplier Development

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million. This category recognises organisations that have accelerated the development, sustainability and ultimately, financial independence of black-owned businesses; in particular SMEs and emerging businesses. Organisations in this category must demonstrate powerful solutions for growing the economy and achieving a return on investment. Judges will be paying special attention to organisations that can clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of their programmes on their suppliers’ business success and their own profitability or productivity.


Top Empowered Company: Fast Growth Black-Owned SMME

This category is open to SMMEs across all sectors with a turnover of R5-R35 million with a positive year-on-year turnover growth of 20% in their last financial year. Organisations in this category must have been operational for more than two years with a Level 1 – 4 score card. Otherwise, 50.1% black ownership. Entrants should demonstrate a strong status with regards to the seven pillars of empowerment, as per the B-BBEE scorecard.

Top Empowered: Media Personality of the Year

Finalists are decided purely by a public vote, via social media, with the winner to be adjudicated internally.


Top Empowered: Entrepreneur of the Year

Annual revenue generated by entrants’ companies must be above R10-million. The award goes to an individual who has demonstrated excellence and drive in their field of business. To enter this category, entrants  must employ more than five people and have been operational for more than two years, with evidence of significant year-on-year growth (compared to sectoral average), underpinned by strong financial performance and profitability.


Top Empowered: Public Sector Leader

This award recognises and applauds public sector leaders in national, provincial and local government departments, parastatals and/or agencies that have achieved outstanding results in the last year. This is demonstrated through financial management, environmental and sustainable development, meeting targets, positive contributions to the economy, and innovation and excellence in fulfilling their service delivery mandate. Candidates for this category must also discuss how they have impacted positively on the South African economy. Individuals under administration will not be eligible to enter.


Top Empowered: Business Leader

This award goes to a businessperson who holds an executive position in a significantly-sized organisation and whose leadership is reflected in the service to the organisation. The organisation must generate revenue of more than R35 million per annum. The individual must clearly and effectively demonstrate how he/she has implemented and driven the strategies of B-BBEE in the areas of enterprise development, social economic development, skills development, and employment equity; and what the impact of these have been on the performance of the organisation.

 

Top Empowered: Lifetime Achiever

An honorary award reserved for an iconic leading light of empowerment; an individual whose achievements shine both in the past and the present; a true visionary who consistently puts the best interests of all South Africans before their own and continues to stimulate progress towards a fully inclusive economy and society.


Top Empowered: Business of the Year

Annual revenue generated must be R100 million and above. This award goes to the organisation that best demonstrates excellence in all spheres of the general criteria and seven pillars of empowerment. Marked improvements in financial performance and the organisation’s empowerment status will hold a high weighting for the judges. Organisations in this category must hold Level 1 – 4 scorecards and the annual revenue generated must be above R100-million.

 

Top Empowered Fast Growth Black-Owned SMME Award

Annual revenue must be R5 to R35 million. The award is open to SMMEs with a positive year-on year turnover growth of 20% in the last financial year. You must have been operational for more than two years with a Level 1 – 4 scorecard, or 50.1% black ownership. You should be able to demonstrate strong commitment to the seven pillars of empowerment.


Top Empowered SED Award

Annual revenue must exceed R35 million. The award winner will have  improved the living conditions of disadvantaged black communities, with an emphasis on  rural development. You need to be able to demonstrate the effect of your SED efforts; both on community upliftment and organisational performance.


Top Empowered Enterprise and Supplier Development Award

Annual revenue must exceed R35 million. As with the SED Award, this award will go to an organisation that has improved the living conditions of disadvantaged black communities, with an emphasis on  rural development.The judges will be looking for organisations that can clearly and effectively demonstrate the success of their efforts.


Top Empowered Diversity Award

Annual revenue must exceed R35 million. The award will go to an organisation that demonstrates strong commitment to raising awareness of equality and diversity issues, from both an employment and service provision aspect. This commitment needs to be supported by organisational initiatives, policies and practices that create a diverse and inclusive workforce.


Top Empowered Job Creation Award

Annual revenue must exceed R35 million. The winner will have contributed positively toward the alleviation of poverty in South Africa, through the sustainable creation of meaningful employment. Entrants must outline how they have provided eligible participants with meaningful work experience that demonstratively improves their employment prospects.


Top Empowered Skills Development Award

Annual revenue must exceed R1 billion. The award recognises intensive learnerships and skills programmes that support,
for example, youth development. Entrants for this award should invest 2% of their payroll on skills development for black employees and demonstrate sustainable skills development programmes or policies with successful outcomes.

Top Empowered Entrepreneur of 2017 Award

Your organisation’s annual revenue must exceed 10 million.The award will go to a visionary leader demonstrating excellence and drive in their field. To enter this category, your organisation must employ more than five people and have been operational for more than two years. It should also show significant year-on-year growth.


Top Empowered Business Leader of the Year Award

Your organisation’s annual revenue must exceed R35 million. The winner will be able to demonstrate how he/she has successfully implemented and driven the strategies of B-BBEE within enterprise development, socio-economic development, skills development, and employment equity.


Top Empowered Young Achiever Award

Your organisation’s annual revenue must exceed R35 million.This award highlights the outstanding achievements of a young black executive, under the age of 40 years, who can clearly and effectively demonstrate an outstanding contribution to their organisation’s success and performance through innovative strategies and solutions.

Top Empowered Public Service Award

This award honours national or provincial government departments, parastatals or agencies that effectively demonstrate the highest level of black economic empowerment, from staff to suppliers, through programmes and policies. An important factor is measurable and accountable leadership committed to developing previously-disadvantaged individuals through programmes and policies..


Top Empowered Public Service Leader of the Year Award

This award recognises public service leaders in national, provincial or local government departments, parastatals or agencies, who have achieved outstanding results in the last year; through financial management, environmental and sustainable development, meeting targets, positive contributions to the economy, and innovation in fulfilling their service delivery mandate. Individuals under administration will not be eligible to enter.

Top Empowered Business of the Year Award

Annual revenue must exceed R100 million. The award will go to an organisation that best demonstrates excellence in all spheres of the general criteria and seven pillars of empowerment. An improvement in financial performance and the organisation’s empowerment status will hold a high weighting for the Judges. Organisations in this category must hold a Level 1, 2 or 3 BEE scorecard.


Lifetime Achievement Award

This prestigious award, the highlight of the evening, will honour an individual who has contributed in a profound way to black economic empowerment during the course of his or her career. Nominations for this award will also include those put forward by the Topco Media editorial team and the panel of external Judges.Previous recipients Previous recipients include President Thabo Mbeki, former President of the Republic of South Africa and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan,, to name but two.

VIP SPEAKER

Dr Mathews Phosa

Attorney and Politician

Cover icon of this year’s Impumelelo: Top Empowerment Companies,  attorney and one of South Africa’s leading business and political figures, Dr. Phosa will give an address on “The lessons we can learn from Oliver Tambo”; fitting in the year that marks 100 years since the birth of this revered activist, thought leader and namesake for the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards. During the early 1980s,

Dr Phosa was forced into exile, where he became the Regional Commander for Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) the then military wing of the ANC. In his return to the country, he was appointed as the first Premier of the Mpumalanga Province in 1994.

Dr Phosa also served as ANC’s Treasurer General from 2007 – 2012. In addition to his political career, Dr Phosa has multiple business ventures where he sits on a number of listed/unlisted company boards. With numerous other accolades behind him, in 2013, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to transformation and empowerment at the 12th Oliver Top Empowerment Awards.

Awards Judges

Barlow Manilal

CEO, Technology Innovation Agency

Abbas Jamie

Director, Innovation & Transformation, Africa, Aurecon

Mothunye Mothiba

CEO Productivity SA

Sifiso Cele

HR Director, Barclays Africa

Molebatsi Moagi

Managing Director at Centre for Supplier Development

Sipho Zikode

Deputy Director-General, The Department of Trade and Industry

Maushami Chetty, Attorney

Entrepreneur and Change Catalyst, Maushamic

Edna Sathekga-Montse

Head: Inclusion & Diversity, RBB at Barclays

Xolani Qubeka

CEO  Small Business Development Institute

Zinzi  Mgolodela

Head of Transformation, Woolworths Holdings

Tollo Nkosi

CEO, Umso Construction

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YEARS IN ACTION

AWARDS CATEGORIES

LIFETIME ACHIEVERS

The Benefits

  • Engage with a host of blue-chip company CEOs, government officials, academic thought leaders and foreign investors under one roof, providing an unparalleled networking opportunity.
  • Benefit from extensive brand exposure via both internal and external channels.Give your company top-of-mind awareness amongst the key decision makers driving South Africa’s economy.