In the year 2000, following a discussion with then-MP Cyril Ramaphosa on the importance of a publication to champion B-BBEE, the first volume of Impumelelo was published, focusing on South Africa’s Top 300 black empowered companies. Richard Fletcher, the founder of Topco Media, was still at the helm, and in his letter of thanks in the upfront section of the first edition, he identified the purpose of the magazine – which still holds true today.

Written by Fiona Wakelin, Group Editor at Topco, the latest edition of Top Empowerment includes a retrospective feature of transformation in South African, spanning the last 25 years.

Below is a sneak peek of prominent events in the last quarter of a century in South Africa.

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