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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.

2021 Conference


Zodwa Ntuli

Commissioner, BBEE Commission, SA

Dr Charles Nwaila

Chairperson, National Skills Authority, SA

Hasnayn Ebrahim

Managing Director, Africa International Advisors, SA

Mike Brown

CEO, Nedbank, SA

Yasmine Miemiec

Director, 5Inc, SA

Xolile George


Tim Parle

Chief Director - Digital Economy, Department of Economic Development - Tourism,   Western-Cape, SA

Tanya van Lill


Murray Chabant

Managing-Director, Chairman of the Board, Signa-Group (PTY) Ltd, SA

Mothunye Mothiba

 Chief-Executive-Officer, Productivity-SA, SA

Lerato B Ndlovu

President, SRC, University of Pretoria, SA

Joshin Raghubar

Chair of the Board, CiTi, SA

Farai Mubaiwa

Partner Management Lead,
Yes-4-Youth, SA

Clem Sunter

Scenario Planner and Futurologist

Bridgit Evans

Executive-Director, SAB Foundation, SA

Allon Raiz

Founder and CEO, Raizcorp, SA

Alistair Mokoena

Country-Director, Google, SA

Dr. Judy Dlamini

Chairman, Mbekani Group, SA

Seliki Abram Tlhabane

Chief Director MST and Curriculum Enhancement Programmes, Department of Basic Education , SA

Councillor Thomas Mxolisi Kaunda

Executive Mayor of the City of eThekwini

Collen Dlamini

Executive Head of Corporate Affairs, Multichoice, SA

Dawie Roodt

Chief Economist,Efficient Group, SA

John-Mark Kilian

Executive Director, Umsizi Sustainable Social Solutions, SA

Josh Adler

Vice President, Growth & Entrepreneurship, African leadership Academy, SA

Nazrene Manni

Executive Director, Global Apprenticeship Network, Geneva, Switzerland

Nyiko Shiburi

CEO, MultiChoice, SA

Mzamo Masito

CMO, Google Africa

Nontokozo Madonsela

Group Chief Marketing Officer, Momentum Metropolitan Holdings Limited, SA

Ravi Pillay

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Durban

Priya Naidoo

Group Executive, Nedbank, SA

Khensani Nobanda

Group Executive Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank, SA

Suzanne Morel

Country Manager, Mastercard, SA

Nelisa Zulu

Head of Card and Payments at Standard Bank, SA

Simo Mkhize

Chief Commercial Officer,Cell C

Zanele Morrison

Executive Talent, Brand and Marketing Entrepreneur

Melissa Kariuki

Associate Product Marketing Manager, Google, SA

Theo Baloyi

Founder , Bathu Shoes

Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa


Veli Ngubane

Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer, AVATAR, SA

Zamantungwa Khumalo

Corporate Moderator

Juliet Mhango

Chief Human Capital and Transformation Officer
Cell C, SA

Bongiwe Kunene

CEO, the Banking Association of South Africa (BASA), SA

Zandile Mkwanazi

CEO, GirlCode, SA

Dr Mathews Phosa

South African Attorney and Politician

Key Themes

  • Employment equity as a Business Priority in 2021

  • Black ownership and Management

  • Education and Skills Development Enterprise and Socio-Economic Development

  • Rebuilding South Africa post Covid19

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.

Benefits of Attending the Top Empowerment Summit 2021

  • We guarantee 10 appointments/ meetings per individual who attends the event – that is 10 x 5-minute sessions = under an hour of networking gets you 10 contacts
  • Sit in on exclusive Q&A with the speakers
  • Access to a free copy of the Top Empowerment Publication released in November 2021
  • Access to all the summit material ON-DEMAND only available to registered attendees
  • Pre networking in the closed LinkedIn Group for paying attendees only
  • Access to all Masterclasses and Podcasts
  • Free entry into all competitions
  • Access to  Topco’s weekly Bulletin


Our Network


Celebrating today’s leaders and inspiring tomorrow’s


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

Virtual Conference

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.

Digital Solutions

Customised packages to deliver your message to a wider audience. 

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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