Award 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 judged 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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award sponsored by

 

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 Award sponsored by

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 Award sponsored by

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 Award

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


Top Empowered: Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award sponsored by

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 Company: Education and Training Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award sponsored by

 

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 Award sponsored by

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 Award sponsored by

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 Award

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


Top Empowered: Entrepreneur of the Year Award

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 Award

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 Award

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 Award sponsored by

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 Empowerment Winners

2018

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