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14 – 15 July 2021

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What to expect

2 days

High-impact, transformational virtual conference.



Focussed, inspiring conversations amongst industry leaders.

Virtual Exhibitions

Showcasing industry-leading innovation & technology.


Live Q&A Sessions

Gain insights from Top thought leaders in South Africa.

one-on-one Networking

Engage with industry-leading speakers & top decision-makers.


Fast-Track Networking

Network and grow your business with the best in the industry.

Remote Meetups

Keep the momentum with powerful, focussed virtual meetups.  

Gain Insights

From award-winning startups, entrepreneurs and key policy-makers.

2020 Conference


Robert Paddock

Founder & CEO | Valenture Institute

Kganki Matabane

CEO | Black Business Council

Prof. Wiseman Nkuhlu

Chancellor | University of Pretoria
Former economic advisor | Thabo Mbeki and Chairman | KPMG

Thamo Mzobe

CEO | National Development Agency

Busisiwe Mavuso

CEO | Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA)

Tashmia Ismail-Saville

CEO | Youth Employment Service

Ajay Lalu

CEO | Black Lite Group

Waseem Carrim

CEO | National Youth Development Agency

Sung Yoon

President & CEO | Samsung Africa

Mteto Nyati

Group Chief Executive | Altron

Cas Coovadia

CEO | Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)

Murray Chabant

CEO | Signa Group

Eustace Mashimbye

CEO | Proudly SA

Farai Mubaiwa

Partner Management Lead | YES

Co-Founder | Africa Matters

Bonang Mohale

Former Business Leadership South Africa CEO

Gwebinkundla Felix Qonde

Director-GeneralDepartment of Higher Education and Training

Francis Petersen

Rector and Vice ChancellorUniversity of the Free State 

Nomalungelo Gina

Deputy Minister | Trade Industry and Economic Development

Sibubiso Labi

TraineeFuture Innovation Lab

Professor Vivienne Lawack

Rector and Vice Chancellor | UWC

Muhammadh Amod

CEO | Boon Africa

Seliki Tlhabane

Chief Director for Mathematics Science and Technology (MST) and Curriculum Enhancement Programmes | Department of Basic Education

Busisiwe Sithole

Group Head: Transformation, Diversity & Inclusion | Absa Group

Key Themes

  • The future of transformation and inclusive growth
  • How do we accelerate a culture of entrepreneurship in South Africa?
  • How has COVID-19 affected the implementation of B-BBEE in South Africa?
  • An insight into what the future of transformation looks like in Africa
  • The transformation of the African economy: what does a new and improved South Africa look like?
  • How to develop an all-inclusive economy through education and skills development
  • The future of education in Africa post covid-19

The Trusted Network of Top Companies, Entrepreneurs and leaders embracing technology, transformation and innovation in Africa.

The COVID-19 crisis has meant a Business Unusual mind shift, this has allowed us to focus with laser-like clarity on technologies to bring a better user experience to the Top Empowerment platform, we have moved from the physical to digital, this enhances the opportunity to support more companies more often with personalised content and solutions that are far more relevant and appealing. It also allows us to engage and solve the critical challenges that you may need help with.


Our Network


Celebrating today’s leaders and inspiring tomorrow’s


Share your success stories in accelerating transformation and empowerment with leaders of industry.

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Book your seat to the undisputed, leading empowerment conference and knowledge-sharing platform in South Africa.


Showcase your brand amongst the leading empowered companies in South Africa.

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Customised packages to deliver your message to a wider audience. 


Certified Companies


World Class Speakers


Empowered Businesses

Empowering Africa

“Top Empowerment assists both local and overseas companies in choosing areas for profitable investment. I have no hesitation in supporting its aims and believe that this directory will become a key reference work for South African business and industry in the future.”

– Nelson Mandela, message in our first edition

Our Story

Established 19 years ago at the request of Cyril Ramaphosa, Impumelelo was the first directory of top black-owned and -managed companies in South Africa. Since then, the Top Empowerment brand has grown into one of the country’s most well-respected transformation platforms. Recognising the major advancements made by the commitment to boosting black businesses and business people, Top Empowerment promotes these captains of industry – from page to stage and conference.


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