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16 November 2017

Johannesburg

What are the National Business Awards

Over the last 15 years, The National Business Awards and the Top Performing publication have together become the definitive destination for South Africa’s fast-growth companies in all sectors. Through rigorous benchmarking and tracking of industry behaviour, Topco Media researches, identifies and accredits the breakthroughs, the disruptors, the innovators and the new economic champions, so that they can showcase their achievements and share best practices, policies and strategies with other ambitious companies.

Ready to take your performance to the next level?

This is your chance to rank amongst the respected elite of South African business and position your company at the summit of your industry.

2017 AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS


 


 

Testimonials 2017


 

“This recognition gives me and my company a sense of deep-rooted pride knowing that we are active contributors to economic expansion, the green agenda and, most importantly, quality education for all South Africans, regardless of colour and creed.”

Kershen Pillay

CEO, Masifunde Foundation

Congratulations to the organizers of the ‘Oscars of South African Business’. We are proud of your work as you continue to recognize businesses and business leaders who drive our economy. To all the winners well done!

Abundant blessings for the coming year!

Dr Snowy Khoza

EXECUTIVE CHAIRPERSON, Bigen Africa Services (Pty) Ltd

” I felt inspired to see the different ways that business can make a difference and humbled by the friendly nature of the candidates and judges. I left with a sense of inspiration that a little bit of hard work can prove to be a game changer.”

Aadila Jada

Help Desk Manager, HRG Rennies

On behalf of myself and from all of us at Stadium Management SA (“SMSA”), thank you so much in honouring me and SMSA with the 2017 Winner’s Trophy accompanying by the 2017 Top Performing Business Leader of the Year Award Certificate and the 2017 Highly Commended Certificate at the National Business Awards on 19 November 2017. Being acknowledged by the National Business Awards and Topco Media gives us the business operational and – political capital in pursuing bigger opportunities. We will for sure capitalise on winning these and transform our moment of triumph into a year of recognition.

Jacques Grobbelaar

CEO, Stadium Management SA


 

Winners 2017


 

Godimong Consulting Engineers

Mahikeng’s Godimong consulting engineers; a registered firm of Civil Engineering Consulting established in 2009, is a wholly South African black-owned multi-disciplinary Engineering firm. Through providing a reliable array of development services to both private and public sector clients, Godimong’s prospects have risen faster than an apartment block in Fourways. Great work, Godimong.

 

 

South African Civil Aviation Authority

Whenever you land safely after a plane trip, you should whisper a “thank you” to SACAA, the authority responsible for keeping us all safe in the skies. This organisation is committed to bringing more South Africans into aviation careers – and invested R15 million in training in the 2017 financial year. For showing young South Africans the sky is no limit, South African Civil Aviation Authority is the well-deserved winner.

 

 

Xoliswa Daku – Daku Group of Companies

Xoliswa Daku is the visionary founder and CEO of 100%-black-owned Daku Group of Companies, which has built up a huge portfolio in its decade and more of growth. This Masters and MBA holder is redrawing South Africa’s urban map by turning empty or underutilised spaces into bustling residential and business developments. She has many additional current leadership roles, amongst which Board Member of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership; Member of the Institute of Directors and Council Member of the National Home Builders Regulatory Council. This win follows her award for Top Woman in Property at the August 2017 Standard Bank Top Women Awards.

 

 

Liquorice


A DIGITAS LBI COMPANY

Liquorice, one of Africa’s leading digital marketing agencies, specialises in web, mobile, social media, CRM, content creation and search engine marketing. Founded in 2005 by Miles Murphy, the agency has long-term relationships with clients including Unilever, Sanlam and Pioneer Foods. In 2014 it was acquired by DigitasLBi, the world’s largest digital network. Disruptive, innovative and always pushing the boat out further, Liquorice has earned every pixel of Digital Company of the Year status.

 

Microsoft SA

Every day, Microsoft enables millions of South Africans to empower themselves through its advanced technological solutions, which are supported by integrated and dedicated customer support. Whether you are a small business owner, IT professional or ordinary South African grappling with the fast-evolving digital landscape, Microsoft SA is only ever a click away.

 

 

Woolworths Holdings Limited

This year, Woolworths Holdings Limited celebrates a decade of its pioneering Good Business Journey; one of SA’s flagship sustainability programmes and the first of its kind. Woolworths has also embedded corporate citizenship into its overall strategy for the way business is conducted. For placing people and planet before profit, Woolworths strikes gold.

 

 

FedEx South Africa

FedEx Express South Africa is the frontrunner of the African courier industry and its contributions to creating employment, raising service standards and setting industry benchmarks have been recognised by our judges. With its network providing superior integrated express transportation services, transport category champion FedEx Express continues to drive new advances in transport.

DHL Express (Highly Commended)

 

 

 

LexisNexis South Africa

Sponsored by Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

LexisNexis is a global leader in business research solutions and software for professionals in accounting, law and tax. Its clients and employees in South Africa view it as a brand that is trusted, delivers phenomenal results and generates fresh and vibrant ideas. Regular intensive training for all staff is what drives its culture of innovation – so the trophy belongs to everyone at LexisNexis SA.

 

 

Mintek

Sponsored by Public Sector Manager

83-year old MINTEK is a state-owned, state-of-the-art provider of minerals processing and metallurgical engineering products and services. As the leader in chemical analysis and research for the mining industry, MINTEK opened its brand new laboratory last year, and continues to innovate for the mining industry locally, across Africa and abroad. Keep your eyes on this specialist industry powerhouse in 2018.

 

Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (Highly Commended)

 

 

Jacques Grobbelaar – Stadium Management Agency

Jacques is Chief Executive Officer of Stadium Management South Africa – the country’s leading stadium management group in charge of the iconic FNB Stadium, historic Orlando Stadium, Dobsonville Stadium and Rand Stadium. Jacques has approximately 22 years’ experience in the eventing industry and has headed up event master-planning for clients hosting major events at venues including Ellis Park, Johannesburg Stadium, Soccer City (now the FNB Stadium) and Durban’s Kings Park. Before joining SMSA, he was heavily involved in the delivery of nearly 400 major events – such as the Rolling Stones tour in 1992, the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and the African Cup of Nations in 1996. While at SMSA, Jacques has delivered a further 500 large events that have enthralled 7 million spectators. With his well-deserved 2017 National Business Awards triumph, Jacques adds to his track record of both local and international accolades.

 

 

Veronica Motloutsi – Vodacom

 

Veronica Motloutsi is one of the leading ICT executives in South Africa; a talented and accomplished woman leader with a deep understanding of her industry. Already respected as a thought leader in her mid-thirties, she has published two papers on ICT and is currently Executive Head of Commercial Operations for Vodacom’s International Markets, with exceptionally high levels of responsibility. Veronica is the founder of Africa Lead with Veronica Motloutsi, a digital platform aimed at challenging government, funders and policy maker to create a new digital economy that will propel Africa forward in the hyper-digital era. We can’t wait to see what she does next!

Sylvester Chauke – DNA Brand Architects (Highly Commended)

 

Belgotex Floorcoverings (Pty) Ltd

Sponsored by Greenmatter

 

Belgotex, Africa’s leading soft flooring manufacturer, has a green journey going back nearly three decades. Today it draws on a host of measures to minimise environmental impact: recycling, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, waste treatment and more. For managing to meet demand for its products while treading softly on the earth, Belgotex wins!

Old Mutual Investment Group (Highly Commended)

 

AfroCentric Health

Afrocentric Health has an array of brands under its umbrella; the largest being Medscheme. Afrocentric believes in creating an environment that is fully supportive of empowerment along both racial and gender lines. Afrocentric takes pride in furthering diversity far beyond the requirements of government legislation and has a well-deserved multicultural reputation.

 

 

Smec South Africa

While multi-disciplinary engineering giant SMEC operates in over 40 countries, its local operation is geared around meeting SA’s particular needs like technology, transport and, of course, water. SMEC is intensively involved in addressing the huge problem of ageing water infrastructure put in place decades ago. Celebrating 70 years on the ground in 2017, SMEC SA has more to celebrate thanks to its National Business Awards triumph.

ArcelorMittal South Africa (Highly Commended)

 

 

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology


Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology is South Africa’s respected leader in internationally certified distance learning. It began life way back in 1990, as PC Training and Business College in KwaZulu-Natal. This was a time when hardly anyone knew the term ‘e-learning’, or how big it was to become. Since then, this pioneering company has evolved in tune with the explosion of digital across almost 3 decades, to becoming the knowledge powerhouse it is today, with 33 higher education campuses and 40 T-VET campuses countrywide. Importantly, Richfield is also South Africa’s most affordable higher education institution; this has allowed it to assist well over a quarter million South Africans to graduate with sought-after qualifications and enter the job market.

Having recently won two international awards, one “for Perfection, Quality and Ideal Performance” and another for its sustainability achievements, tonight Richfield comes home to take business South Africa’s top honour, National Business of the Year, 2017!


Stadium Management South Africa (Highly Commended) 

the country’s leading stadium management group, overseeing four flagship stadiums in greater Johannesburg.

 

 

SOL KERZNER

Every year we close the ceremony with the honorary Lifetime Achiever Award. It is reserved for a leader from government or business who has made a significant contribution to the South African economy and also to the very fabric, culture and spirit of our country. Someone who is woven into its modern history. This year’s recipient is humble, thoughtful and down to earth – yet he is renowned, worldwide, as the one and only Sun King: Mr Sol Kerzner.

 

 


 

Finalists 2017


 

Godimong Consulting Engineers

Khonology South Africa

Lumoka Chartered Accountants

Masifunde Training Centre

T-Marc Logistics

Usizo Engineering

2Cana Solutions

Assupol Life

Bayer Southern Africa

Bidvest Facilities Management

Board of Healthcare Funders of South Africa

Corex

Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA)

Invincible Valves

Novartis SA

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

South African Civil Aviation Authority

The Banking Association of South Africa

The Effectiveness Company

Corrie van der Wath – Matleng Energy Solutions

Deborah van Heerden – Mitras Amenities

Devi Moodley – Leitam Business Solutions

Jules Newton – Avocado Vision

Kershen Pillay – Masifunde Training Centre

Khuselwa Mtetwa – ALCM Solutions

Lebohang Khitsane – Bataung Memorial Tombstone

Lynette Magasa – Boniswa Corporate Solutions

Norman Mongae – Godimong Consulting Engineers

Pamela Niemand – Executive Suites

Protus Ndaleni – PN Group

Sam Paddock – GetSmarter

Shamila Ramjawan – Famram Solutions

Xoliswa Daku – Daku Group of Companies

GetSmarter

Gijima Holdings

Liquorice

Microsoft South Africa

Morpheus Commerce

Superbalist

Accsys

Bradlows

DHL Express

EmpowerLogic

Hirsch’s

Microsoft South Africa

Tourvest Travel Services

Afrox South Africa

Nexia SAB&T

Petroleum Agency South Africa

Spring Lights Gas

Tsogo Sun

Vitrovian

Woolworths Holdings

Bigfoot Express

DHL Express

FedEx Express South Africa

Kwela Fleet Management

Unitrans

 

AECOM South Africa

AxizWorkgroup’s Advanced TechnologyBlue Label Telecoms

BrandsEye

Corex

Dell Computers

Esquire System Technology

Globaltrack

GoIndustry DoveBid SA

Lean Enterprise Acceleration Programmes

LexisNexis South Africa

Oracle

Praxis Computing

Sentech

Academy of Science of South Africa

Cancer Association of South Africa

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Coega Development Corporation

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Gauteng Department of Education

Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo

Mintek

Pink Drive

Railway Safety Regulators

South African Civil Aviation Authority

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

Elize Joubert – Cancer Association of South Africa

Jacques Grobbelaar – Stadium Management Agency

Linda Botha – SkillsTrain Distribution

Margaret Hirsch – Hirsch’s

Suzanne Ravenall – The Effectiveness Company

Tshepo Kgobe – Gautrain Management Agency

Chelina Bodhie – Gautrain Management Agency

Frans D. Niebuhr – Pure Stainless Steel Manufacturers

Lusani Ramaru – Yawee Human Capital

Natashia Smith – Bradlows

Pamela Niemand – Executive Suites

Sylvester Chauke – DNA Brand Architects

Tammy Doorsamy – Leitam Business Solutions

Veronica Motloutsi – Vodacom

Alexander Forbes

Belgotex Flooring

Coca-Cola South Africa

Collect-a-Can

Hyundai Automotive South Africa

Massmart Holdings

Maxam Dantex

Old Mutual Investment Group

Woolworths Holdings

AfroCentric Health

Discovery

Pretoria Portland Cement

PwC

Sefalafala Attorneys

South African Civil Aviation Authority

STANLEY Inspection

AM Group

ArcelorMittal South Africa

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

GIBB

Inhlanzeko Project Management Services

Invincible Valves

Palabora Mining

Sentech

SMEC South Africa

Unitrans

Bidvest Royal Mnandi

Britehouse SSD

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Palabora Mining

ESP Africa

HRG Rennies Travel

Metro Security Services

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

Stadium Management South Africa

Zungu-Elgin

BrandsEye

Discovery

Woolworths Holdings


 

About the judging

The National Business Awards is a prestigious ceremony in which leaders from across the nation are celebrated for outstanding performances in the corporate world. The judges assist us in identifying world-class organisations and entrepreneurs who exemplifies excellence for their major contributions to the success of South African business.

The awards are presented in association with SA’s Top Performing Companies and Public Sector to honour South Africa’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success. The Awards also recognise the important social and environmental contributions made by organisations through the excellence of service, commitment to their customers, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.

How would being a judge at the 15th Annual National Business Awards benefit you?

  • You will gain profound insight into South Africa’s most competitive and innovative organisations
  • Build powerful relationships with other South African business leaders such as yourself
  • Your profile as a thought-leader will be enhanced as we provide exposure through an extensive branding and marketing campaign consisting of DVDs, mailers, digital platforms, print, media and more
  • Should you accept this invitation, you will be part of a valued panel of judges, as well as an official VIP guest at the 15th Annual National Business Awards.

The judging process is done online, allowing judges to make assessments at their own discretion. We entrust the judging of these companies to highly credible and experienced individuals to select the most deserving winners.


 

OUR 2017 KEYNOTE SPEAKER


 

Norman Mbazima
Deputy Chairman
Anglo American

OUR 2017 VIP SPEAKERS

2017 | VIP Speaker | Ran Neu-Ner

Ran Neu-Ner was born an entrepreneur.

After a number of business ventures – some hugely successful and some not – Neu-Ner started The Creative Counsel, a below-the-line activations company, with school friend Gil Oved, in 2001. Their passion, innovation and creativity paid off and today, The Creative Counsel is South Africa’s leading activations agency with an annual turnover of R500 million.

In 2015 Ran concluded the biggest business transaction in South Africa to date, when he sold The Creative Counsel to French-owned international business, Publicis Groupe, for just over R2 billion.  He continues today in his role of co-CEO at The Creative Counsel Group as he continues to steer and mentor his team to live by the philosophy “Brilliance or Nothing”.

He has become a serial entrepreneur whose fundamental passion is to assist up-and-coming businesses whilst growing and developing entrepreneurs.  This is evident in his involvement with an incubation project he started, the Branson Mentorship Programme – and his recent pledge of R50million to assist young entrepreneurs.


2017 | VIP Speaker | Brian Kantor

Brian Kantor, author of Get South Africa Growing (Jonathan Ball, Johannesburg and Cape Town, 2017) has had a long and distinguished academic career at the University of Cape Town, where he served as Lecturer and Professor of Economics and as Dean of the Faculty of Commerce.  He is now Professor Emeritus. His career includes stints as a Visiting Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University Pittsburgh PA (1978-79) and Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York (1994).

Brian has served on government boards and commissions; consulted within the financial arena and held directorships at various listed companies. His diverse experience has spanned South Africa, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong.

Brian’s research on monetary and financial economics has been widely and frequently published. He has received accolades and renown  for various business achievements including his work as Founding Chairman of the V&A Waterfront Company (1988-2001).

Brian is currently Chief Investment Strategist and Economist at Investec Wealth and Investment in Cape Town.

OUR 2017 JUDGES

Dr Raymond Patel

Dr Raymond Patel

CEO|merSETA

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Gillian Saunders

Gillian Saunders

Deputy CEO| Grant Thornton

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Isabella Makuta

Isabella Makuta

Group Corporate Affairs Director|Group Five

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Laurie Less

Laurie Less

Executive Manager|CLEAR-AA

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Melanie Burke

Melanie Burke

Independent Change Practitioner

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Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba

Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba

General Manager|Netcare Limited SA

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Nritika Singh

Nritika Singh

Managing Director|Isilumko

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Lance Fanaroff

Lance Fanaroff

co-Founder | Integr8 IT

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Tollo Nkosi

Tollo Nkosi

CEO|Umso Construction

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Edna Sathekga-Montse

Edna Sathekga-Montse

Executive: Diversity & Inclusion, RBB|Barclays Africa

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Manglin Pillay

Manglin Pillay

CEO|South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE)

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Phillip Tshikotshi

Phillip Tshikotshi

Associate Vice President & Head HR|Aegis Outsourcing South Africa

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Sifiso Cele

Sifiso Cele

HR Executive|Barclays Africa, Wealth Investment Management & Insurance

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Mohale Ralebitso

Mohale Ralebitso

Founder and CEO |Itataise Investments

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OUR 2017 AWARDS CATEGORIES

ORGANISATION AWARDS

Corporate Citizenship Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award recognises a project established by an organisation that demonstrates and highlights the role of businesses in improving the communities in which they operate. This award will recognise those demonstrating the greatest impact on quality of life, economic prosperity or regeneration through direct investment, pro bono work or employee led initiatives. This award also seeks to demonstrate the link between corporate citizenship and commercial success, from staff engagement and development to reputation and brand awareness.

Customer Focus Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award will be made to the company that demonstrates the highest level of service and loyalty to its customers. They must demonstrate that comprehensive customer service procedures and policies have been put in place and show how this has resulted in increased loyalty and a larger customer base. Customer Satisfaction Index scores should be provided.

Diversity in the Workplace Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This company must be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and transformation in the workplace. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to: age, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities / qualities, race, sexual orientation, educational background, geographic location, income, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience and job classification. These companies should be able to show preferential recruitment policies, skills development programmes and the progress they’ve made in transforming their workplace.

Sustainability Award
sponsored by

 

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This Award will go to the company that has shown a strong adhesion to Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance policies. Evidence of achievements of set targets in these areas must be demonstrated. The winning entrant must also show active involvement in promoting ESG policies and, by doing so, setting an example for other corporations in South Africa to follow.

Fast Growth Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be R5 – R35 million.
This category is open to SMME’s with a turnover of R5 – R35 million and a turnover growth of 10% – 2 0% in their last financial year. The winner must demonstrate significant growth in their market sector through best business practices and innovation, underpinned by a strong financial performance.

Investing in People Awards

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

In recognition of the company that has demonstrated significant results of per capita expenditure through training, education, wellness and health. Areas such as productivity; the ratio of skills procurement vs. turnover; staff turnover; company policies and procedures will be taken into account.

Digital Company of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual Revenue R35 million per year.
Increasingly, e-commerce is helping to drive economic growth in South Africa. This award is open to any organisation operating online. It recognises companies that innovate and deliver the best possible customer experience within their ecommerce platform, resulting in consistent growth and strong financial performance. The judges will look for excellent delivery measurables, strong site engagement user-friendliness, security, best practice and, of course, thriving sales.

Innovation through Technology Award
sponsored by

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.
This award goes to the company whose technology-based innovation demonstrates improved productivity, price, quality, neffectiveness and efficiencies which enhances the competitiveness of the South African economy. This could be an internal system or a product available to the public which in turn assists in advancing the industry with the latest technology.

Infrastructure Development Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.
This award recognises all businesses that are involved in sustainable and efficient infrastructure development. This includes roads and railways, energy, water and sanitation, housing, and access to basic service delivery.

SECTOR AWARDS

Transport & Logistics Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

Excellence in specialist logistic support for industry, from supply chain to distribution, construction logistics, shipping, software and warehouse management systems. Entrants should demonstrate improvement in terms of managing stock loss, just-in-time delivery; as well as crisis management procedures. Airlines & Airports, Rail, Road & Freight, Shipping & Ports, Import & Export, and Logistics.

GOVERNMENT AWARDS

Top Performing Public Service Award
sponsored by

DESCRIPTION

This award recognises and applauds 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.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Top Performing Business Leader of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R100 million.
This award goes to the businessman/woman whose leadership is reflected in his/her service to their company and also to interests
not exclusively their own. The individual in this category must demonstrate progress in sustaining the business agenda through
dedication and innovative practices. Their company must have achieved success in the business environment

Top Performing Entrepreneur of 2017 Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R10 million
This award goes to the person who has taken significant personal risk to start a business or businesses and built them into a
substantial entity. The recipient must demonstrate that the business has achieved financial success and is clearly sustainable.

Top Young Executive of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R10 million
This award highlights the outstanding achievement of a young executive who has contributed to the organisations’ positive
success and performance through innovative strategies and solutions.

HEADLINE AWARDS

National Business of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be R100 million and above.
This award goes to the company who best demonstrates excellence in all spheres of the general criteria (people, planet, profit) and the management thereof.

An improvement in financial performance over a three-year period – growth in annual revenue and net profit after tax year on year will hold a high weighting when reviewing company entries for judging.

Good corporate governance practice will also be taken into account.

Lifetime Achievement Award

DESCRIPTION

This award will recognise an individual who has made a significant contribution to the South African economy. Through the
Lifetime Achievement Award, we seek to identify exemplars of entrepreneurship whose success can teach future generations by
the example that they set. The award will also acknowledge the individual’s leadership in both business and the community.

2017 SPONSORS


2017 CATEGORY SPONSORS

Sustainability Award

public sector manager

GreenMatter works towards unlocking the environmental, social and economic potential of our country, through the development of suitably skilled biodiversity specialists, researchers and professionals. It brings together networks of organisations, institutions and agencies to implement solutions that are aimed at addressing the challenges around developing relevant and quality biodiversity skills. GreenMatter does this in support of the various strategies and frameworks in place to address the demand for quality environmental skills such as the Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (BHCD), the Environmental Sector Skills Plan (ESSP) and the Department of Science and Technology’s Global Change Human Capital Development Strategy. www.greenmatterza.com

 Innovation Through Technology Award

public sector manager

The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is a purpose-built and secure industrial estate on the North-Eastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, linked to the international deep-water port of Richards Bay. It is tailored for manufacturing of goods and production of services to boost beneficiation, investment, economic growth and the development of skills and employment. The RBIDZ, is a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), aims to encourage international competitiveness through world-class infrastructure as well as tax, VAT and dutyfree incentives to qualifying entities. The RBIDZ strategy is to cluster downstream manufacturing businesses around the existing major industries already based in the City of uMhlathuze. This State-owned entity is geared to provide significant contribution to the country’s economic growth through creation of employment opportunities, upgrading the skills, technology transfer, deepening economic empowerment, and broadening of South Africa’s basket of export products. Focus on the following sectors: Metals Beneficiation (Aluminium, Iron Ore & Titanium), Marine Industry Development (Ship Building & Repair, Oil & Gas), Renewable Energy (Solar, Fuel Cells Biomass), ICT (Techno-parks, Innovations Hub) and Agro-processing.

 

Top Performing Public Service Award

public sector manager

The Public Sector Manager communicates with a strategic component of government’s target audiences – senior public sector managers. The magazine aims to help public sector/government managers and their departments/agencies to improve the quality of the services they provide by reporting on management innovations and best practices within the public sector. Read more here

MEDIA PARTNERS

VIP TABLES

CORPORATE TABLES

TRAVEL PARTNER

PLATINUM LIFESTYLE PARTNER

LIFESTYLE PARTNERS


OUR 2016 KEYNOTE SPEAKER

2016 | Keynote speaker | Minister Jeff Radebe

Jeff Radebe is the longest-serving Minister in Cabinet, having served under all South Africa’s post-democracy presidents: Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and now Jacob Zuma. A former chairman of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, he has been responsible for Transport, Public Enterprises, Public Works and Justice and Constitutional Development.

But his latest role, as Minister in the Presidency responsible for monitoring, evaluation and planning, puts him at the centre of government’s deliverables. Key to the deliverables identified by government is the National Development Plan, which now falls within Radebe’s portfolio.

For Radebe, it is important that people understand that the NDP is not owned by government, but that it should be owned by all South Africans. “The NDP is not only a plan of the government but a plan for the people of South Africa. The President, in his wisdom, made sure that the National Planning Commission is not a government entity but was constituted essentially by people outside of government,” said Radebe at his office at Tuynhuis, next to Parliament.

Our 2016 Judges

Tollo Nkosi

Tollo Nkosi

CEO of Umso Construction

Tollo Nkosi is a civil engineer with over 20yrs of industry experience. He built his career from on-site construction operations where he worked for large listed construction companies up to executive level, where he now leads one of the successful black owned companies.

He joined Umso in 2001 where he was instrumental in building Umso Construction from a small company to a medium – large size business. He has championed the growth strategy for Umso operations nationally over the past 5-10 years. This has given the business leverage to undertake big projects and associate with major companies on national priority projects including Gautrain, Gauteng freeways, Transnet multi-purpose pipeline, etc.

Lee Naik

Lee Naik

Managing Director of Accenture Digital in South Africa

Over the course of his career, Lee Naik has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries. His experience ranges from developing first-in-country strategies and solutions to transforming service delivery, to hands-on delivery managing complex end-to-end programmes. Lee has a deep understanding and appreciation of the transformative role that technology can play. His current focus is on helping organisations navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies, transforming their businesses to remain competitive in an ever-changing and increasingly digital world. Recognised as one of South Africa’s leading digital and technology transformation experts, Lee is a frequent speaker and commentator on all media platforms with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Alan Mukoki

Alan Mukoki

CEO, South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)

Alan Mukoki has had many years’ experience working as a senior executive, board level executive and non-executive director for various major private and public entities in South Africa, including, amongst others, Khula Finance, Business Partners, Peoples Bank, Land and Agricultural Bank, Nedbank, Denel. Alan is a founder member of Pacific Atlantic Capital and Hloma BCI Investments, both companies have been involved in the identification and acquisition of BEE opportunities in various sectors. Alan studied banking, strategy, finance and the management of mega projects at the University of Oxford, where he graduated with both the Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Strategy, as well as the Master of Science (MSc) in Mega Projects Management. He is a Certified Associate CAIB (SA) and Fellow (FIBSA) of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa. He was appointed as CEO of SACCI in July 2015

Brian Armstrong

Brian Armstrong

Group Chief Commercial Officer, Telkom

Dr Brian Armstrong was appointed as Telkom Group Chief Commercial Officer on 1 September 2015, in which role he has responsibility for the strategic growth agenda for the Group, as well as group strategy, regulatory and transformation office portfolios. Prior to that he was the Group Chief Operating Officer from 1 April 2013 until 1 September 2015, in which capacity he had responsibility for all the customer facing aspects of Telkom’s business and operations. During his tenure in this role Telkom Retail showed a return to revenue growth, the mobile business attained break-even and customer experience showed a marked improvement. He was the architect of the BCX transaction and was responsible for its successful conclusion. Brian has over 25 years ICT experience, in ICT research and development, telecommunications, technology management, networking services, and outsourcing.

Vernon Thaver

Vernon Thaver

Chief Technology Officer Cisco South Africa

Vernon Thaver plays an integral role in Cisco’s strategic direction and development. He is responsible for aligning the company’s global technology, business and channel partner resources and capabilities in ways that deliver exponential business growth. Vernon manages the communication of Cisco’s technology vision and strategy in products, solutions, services and architectures and provides contextual assessment on technology’s strategic future impact in various market segments. He joined Cisco in 2005 with several years’ experience as a senior network engineer in diverse technical roles with leading ICT companies in South Africa.

During his tenure in systems engineering, Vernon lead the company’s engagements in smart and connected communities (S+CC) in key public sector organisations and has been responsible for the design of several strategic government IP NGNs in South Africa, while holding a specialisation in convergent core optical transport and high-end core routing.

Greg Solomon

Greg Solomon

CEO of McDonald’s South Africa

Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa, started his career as an engineer. He joined McDonald’s in 1996 where he was a project manager in the construction department. During this time, he was instrumental in the building of some of the first McDonald’s restaurants across South Africa. Greg leads by example and manages his business through his people, with a focus on accountability and profitability. His leadership has resulted in 5 successive years of revenue, market share and profit growth. Greg’s unwavering drive has also seen him elected as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of McDonald’s South Africa Pension and Provident Fund. Greg was also a finalist in Boss of the Year 2011 and was named the Institute of People Management CEO of the Year 2011.

Jonathan Goldberg

Jonathan Goldberg

CEO of Global Business Solutions

Jonathan Goldberg throughout the country and achieved numerous accolades and awards. Amongst these awards were the Old Mutual Award for outstanding academic achievement, a Nedbank MBA bursary and the HMDS Louw award (top student). In his quest for knowledge, Jonathan has accumulated a B.Com degree (Bachelor of Commerce), a LL.B (Baccalaureus Legum) degree, an Honours in Business Administration (HBA) degree (cum laude), a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree (cum laude). Jonathan started his career at IDEC Financial Services (Pty) Ltd where he joined as a consultant and eventually purchased the business in 1989. He is a former accredited commissioner of the (CCMA), an IMSEC Arbitration and Mediation panelist, a BUSA representative at NEDLAC.

Gert Schoeman

Gert Schoeman

Head of Communication, Anglo American Platinum

Gert Schoeman is Head of Communications for Anglo American Platinum, the world’s leading producer of Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) and has been with the Anglo American Group since 2008. He has 15 years of communication management experience at a senior management level; is an internationally accredited public relations practitioner, and holds postgraduate degrees in both communication science and political science. He is one of South Africa’s leading corporate writers, has presented papers locally and internationally at PRISA, IABC and Global Alliance conferences and is an IABC Blue Ribbon judge for the prestigious Gold Quills awards. He and the teams he headed have six Gold Quills to their credit.

Themi Stergianos

Themi Stergianos

Entrepreneurial Investor

Themi Stergianos (Entrepreneurial MBA) is an accomplished Business Coach, Entrepreneur and Investor. He has a unique focus of working with Fast Growing businesses. With his extensive business experience, he mentors his clients to achieve extraordinary results in their own businesses and many credit him with their successes. Themi has won many Business Coaching and Mentoring awards including international Action Man Award and South African Coach of the Year.

Lance Fanaroff

Lance Fanaroff

Co-founded Integr8 IT

A Professor at the London School of Business describes him as ‘A Marketing Man & Master Deal-maker”. Through sheer grit & determination, Lance co-founded Integr8 IT from a tiny bedroom in 2001 to its glamorous headquarters today. At a previous Topco National Business Award ceremony, Lance won the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award, as well as being a finalist for the Businessman of the Year award. He has also been honoured as one of the top Entrepreneurs in the Ernst & Young Worldwide Entrepreneur of the Year awards, as well as being named one of the top IT Personalities of the Year. Lance’s entrepreneurial attitude has been one of the cornerstones of Integr8’s culture. Lance lives by his values. His mantra has always been “dream big & make it happen” which bodes well for Integr8 & its clients as it enters yet another era of compounded expansion.

Tumelo Seaketso

Tumelo Seaketso

Partner/ Director : Deloitte Consulting

Tumelo is a seasoned Human Capital professional, with over 20 years’ experience in Human Capital. Have worked in internal and external client facing (management consulting) roles within the human capital arena. In an internal role, Tumelo worked at both operational and strategic HR roles, including being part of Manco/ Exco, whilst supporting the leadership team.

As a management consultant she has worked with private and public sector clients, with her main focus areas around remuneration, change management, talent and performance management consulting. As a seasoned management consultant she has also consulted in the following human capital disciplines: HR Strategy design and implementation; Workforce planning and transition; Employee brand and value proposition development and implementation; Organisational design and Change management; Talent and performance management and Reward and Data analytics.

Adam Craker

Adam Craker

CEO, IQ Business

Adam is the CEO of IQ Business South Africa and an Executive Board Member of The IQ Business Group.  Adam joined IQ Business in September 2009 and was appointed CEO in November 2010. Adam has spent 25 years working in the Supply Chain, Technology Services, Consulting and Utility industries in South Africa, Europe the USA and Asia comprising 13 years in group and executive director positions, 10 years in management consulting and 2 years in consumer and industrial marketing. Adam has extensive experience in driving and facilitating change in organisations, both as a line manager and as a consultant in situations requiring strategic change, turnaround and corporate rescue.  Adam took the role of COO in the leadership team that successfully rescued Super Group, the industrial conglomerate, following a leadership crisis and major fraud in its African business.  Adam was also a member of the global leadership team in the turnaround at Dimension Data, with responsibilities covering sales, marketing and global supply chain roles.    

Lullu Krugel

Lullu Krugel

Partner and Chief Economist at KPMG

Lullu Krugel is a Partner in Financial Risk Management and the Chief Economist of KPMG South Africa. She is a frequent presenter at conferences and a regular commentator in the media, where she shares her insights about developments in the South African economy. Over the past 9 years, she has worked with national and multinational clients, assisting them to understand their strategic positioning in light of current and expected future economic developments. If you don’t find her looking at graphs, she might be out running or if the weather does not play along, you might find her with a paintbrush or a book of poetry in her hand.

 OUR 2016 CATEGORY SPONSORS

CATEGORY SPONSORS

Sustainability Award

public sector manager

GreenMatter works towards unlocking the environmental, social and economic potential of our country, through the development of suitably skilled biodiversity specialists, researchers and professionals. It brings together networks of organisations, institutions and agencies to implement solutions that are aimed at addressing the challenges around developing relevant and quality biodiversity skills.

GreenMatter does this in support of the various strategies and frameworks in place to address the demand for quality environmental skills such as the Biodiversity Human Capital Development Strategy (BHCD), the Environmental Sector Skills Plan (ESSP) and the Department of Science and Technology’s Global Change Human Capital Development Strategy.
www.greenmatterza.com

 

Lifetime Achiever Award

public sector manager

The Public Sector Manager communicates with a strategic component of government’s target audiences – senior public sector managers. The magazine aims to help public sector/government managers and their departments/agencies to improve the quality of the services they provide by reporting on management innovations and best practices within the public sector. Read more here

Top Young Executive of the Year Award

tumi

Since 1975 TUMI has been creating world-class business and travel essentials, designed to upgrade, uncomplicate, and beautify all aspects of life on the move. Blending flawless functionality with a spirit of ingenuity, they are committed to empowering journeys as a lifelong partner to movers and makers in pursuit of their passions. Designed in America, for Global Citizens everywhere. The brand is sold in over 260 stores from New York to Paris to London and Tokyo, as well as the world’s top department and specialty stores and travel retail in more than 75 countries. South African stores are located at Sandton City, OR Tambo International Airport Duty Free and V&A Waterfront. More at: http://intl.tumi.com/

Infrastructure Development Award

Billion Group is an award winning property development and Investment Company, driven by unparalleled entrepreneurial expertise. The company specializes in retail, commercial and mixed-use developments located in major South African cities. With regional shopping centers and landmark office towers. More at: http://www.billiongroup.co.za/

rebosis property fund

Ascension Properties Limited, founded in 2006, is a black managed and substantially black owned property loan stock company which listed on the JSE in June 2012. The company is a property income fund focusing on centrally located commercial office buildings in South Africa with a strong focus towards government and other empowerment sensitive tenants. More at: http://www.ascensionproperties.co.za/

rebosis property fund

Rebosis Property Fund Ltd was established by the Billion Group in 2010 and on 17 May 2011 became the first black-managed and substantially black-held property fund to be listed on the JSE. On 24 July 2013 the Fund was approved as a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). The Fund’s portfolio primarily consists of early stage, regionally dominant shopping centres and large, single tenanted commercial offices in nodes attractive to the South African government providing a sovereign underpin. More at: http://rebosis.co.za/

Top Performing Entrepreneur of 2016 Award

liberty corporate

Liberty Corporate is a core division within Liberty Group, which is part of the greater Standard Bank Group. Liberty Corporate provides a range of insurance and investment capabilities, such as retirement fund administration, group risk solutions, risk solutions, actuarial, asset and benefit consulting as well as a range of investment solutions. These are provided to the institutional and corporate market through the advice of a countrywide network of professional financial advisers. More at: http://www.liberty.co.za/

Public Service Award

school of government

The National School of Government has to play a significant role in overseeing the professional common purpose in addressing the systemic challenges of public service delivery, through the learning and development of public officials. In doing so, the NSG has to integrate lessons and experiences from the past to develop and improve on current skills and empower the current generation of public servants; and determining a conduit for producing future public servants with a vastness of competitive opportunities and abilities to innovate. The National Development Plan confirms that the uneven performance at national, provincial and local government results from the interplay between a complex set of factors including tensions in the political-administrative interface, instability of the administrative leadership, skills deficits, the erosion of accountability and authority, poor organisational design, inappropriate staffing and low staff morale. Therefore, the NSG is a call to build a capable and developmental state that will assist in correcting some of the inefficiencies in the public service.

LIFESTYLE SPONSORS

Mo Crystals was established in 2010 under the main company Maluja International with the vision of bringing elegance and individuality to the market place. Mo Crystals believes in the empowerment of disadvantaged women through employment. Mo Crystals is brand that specialises in customation of goods using the finest in Swarovski Crystals. Our specialised design team which includes lead designer Lucette August, Whitney Arends and Shari Arends can stone almost any kind of your personal belonging with Swarovski crystal with great expertise and care. We emulate how we treat our clients in the same way that we treat our crystal stoning with the utmost respect and undivided attention to detail. More at: http://www.mocrystals.co.za/

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MEDIA SPONSORS

SAfm is a national talk radio station that broadcasts an array of programming content in English. The station gives its listeners, a platform to express themselves by discussing issues that affect their lives on a daily basis. The station has positioned itself as ‘the leading host of the national conversation’ therefore making the station the theatre of great conversations, and it is this essence that informs the station’s brand expression ‘let’s have the conversation.’ SAfm invites South Africans of discerning taste, who are prepared to take responsibility for the success of this country, to join in the daily debates and conversations with experts from all sectors of society. The broadcasts nationally in the core age group 35 to 49 years. Discerning, mature and sophisticated audience. Decision makers seeking insightful and enabling information. An urban based South African, high income earner, ambitious, confident and progressive.

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