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15 November 2018

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.


Finalists 2018


Adcock Ingram

Britehouse a division of Dimension Data

EDSP Projects

Growthpoint

Omni HR Consulting

Procter & Gamble

Vitrovian

Defy South Africa

FedEx Express South Africa

Hetzner

Isilumko

Kuntwela Enzansi Ventures

Accenture South Africa

Isilumko

Metropolitan

Nambiti Technologies

The Mediashop

British American Tobacco

Growthpoint

Mpact

Woolworths Holdings

Procter & Gamble

Sponsored By Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Corex

Dell Computers

Ericsson SA

Globaltrack

Hetzner

Stor-Age Property REIT Limited

Webhelp South Africa

Hetzner

Ericsson SA

Topwatch

Sponsored By Godimong Consulting Engineers

AZ Trading

Dot Good

Fibon Energy

House of Thot

Lemac Group

Maredi Technologies

Masifunde Training Centre

Portland Packaging

Saryx

Sirago Underwriting Managers

Skillstrain Distribution

Soulever Wellness

Southside Plumbing & Construction

Seesa

Sefalafala Attorneys

Webhelp South Africa

Brima Logistics

EDSP Logistics

FedEx Express South Africa

Savino Del Bene

Aquila Projects

Gibb

Koen & Associates Architects

Kuntwela Enzansi Ventures

LA Consulting Engineers

Nambiti Technologies

Palabora Mining

SMEC South Africa

FFS Refiners

South African Oil & Gas Alliance

WOA Fuels & Oils

Omni HR Consulting

South African Oil & Gas Alliance

The Skills Development Corporation

Webhelp South Africa

City of Tshwane

Coega Development Corporation

Durban ICC

Gautrain Management Agency

Transnet Port Terminals

uShaka Marine World

Mark Lu – Corex

Natasha Reuben – Dell Computers

Margaret Sibiya – ICT Works

Lydia Radebe – Palabora Mining

Jacques Grobbelaar – Stadium Management South Africa

Angela Dick – Transman

Mandy Jayakody – Aquila Projects

Giangi Negra – Bientangs Cave Restaurant & Wine Bar

Dr Judey Pretorius – Biomedical Emporium

Michael Baretta – Dot Good

Shamila Ramjawan – Famram Solutions

Avesh Padayachee – Fibon Energy

Brodwen Koen – Koen & Associates Architects

Vino Govender – LA Consulting Engineers

Mapogo Chuene – Lemac Group SA

Kershen Pillay – Masifunde Training Centre

Ingrid Osborne & Julie Mathieson – Saryx

Veronica Motloutsi – SmartDIGITAL Solution

Bonke Conjwa – ALCM Solutions

Maredi Thema – Maredi Technologies

Merisha Lalla – Siyaya Skills Institute

Shawn Theunissen – Property Point

Solly Msimanga – City of Tshwane

Theo Denton – AZ Trading

Veronica Motloutsi – SmartDigital Solutions

Zama Phakathi – Splendid Marketing & Communications

Sponsored By Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology National Security & Fire

Stadium Management South Africa

Stor-Age Property REIT Limited

Woolworths Holdings


2018 SPONSORS & PARTNERS


2018 CATEGORY SPONSORS

2018 MEDIA PARTNERS

2018 CORPORATE TABLE


OUR 2018 JUDGES


Gareth Cliff

Gareth Cliff

Founder and President | CliffCentral.com

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Tollo Nkosi

Tollo Nkosi

CEO | Umso Construction (Pty) Ltd

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Thulani Nzima

Thulani Nzima

Chief Executive Officer | South African Tourism

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Angel Jones

Angel Jones

CEO | Homecoming Revolution

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Cynthia Schoeman

Cynthia Schoeman

Managing Director | Ethics Monitoring & Management Services Proprietary Ltd

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Xolisa Menemene

Xolisa Menemene

Founder and CEO | Xolisa Menemene Radiographer Pty Ltd

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Mickey Mashale

Mickey Mashale

Chief Officer | Enterprise Sales | Vodacom Group across Sub- Saharan Africa Region

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Nthabeleng Likotsi

Nthabeleng Likotsi

Executive Chairman | Young Women in Business Network (YWBN)

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Bridget Mokwena-Halala

Bridget Mokwena-Halala

Chief Executive Officer | Assupol Life

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Nargis Gani

Nargis Gani

Owner & CEO | Future Africa Consulting (FACT)

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Hennie Heymans

Hennie Heymans

CEO | DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa

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Colin Leshou

Colin Leshou

Seda Gauteng

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Phillip Tshikotshi

Phillip Tshikotshi

Associate Vice President & Head HR | Aegis Outsourcing South Africa

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Lerato Kelly Masete

Lerato Kelly Masete

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Siphiwe Ngwenya

Siphiwe Ngwenya

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2018 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

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 above 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.

Innovation through Technology Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award goes to the company whose technology-based innovation demonstrates improved productivity, price, quality, effectiveness 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.

Digital Company of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

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, excellent delivery measurable, strong site engagement user-friendliness, security, best practice and, of course, thriving sales.

Investing in People Award

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.

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.

Infrastructure Development and Maintenance Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award recognises organisations involved in innovative, sustainable and efficiency-enhancing infrastructure development and maintenance. The scope of the category includes development and maintenance of roads and railways, ports, energy, water and sanitation, housing, access to basic services, healthcare and education. The winner will be recognised for exemplary social and environmental contributions through excellence of service, commitment to customers, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.

Oil and Gas Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award is reserved for a company that has demonstrated outstanding achievements within the oil and gas sector; providing leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight. This award recognises exceptional performance in all three sectors of the industry. Firstly, Upstream (the exploration and production (E&P) section), covering all activities related to searching for, recovering and producing crude oil and/or natural gas from underground or underwater fields. This sector covers drilling of exploratory wells and subsequently drilling and operating the wells that recover and bring the crude oil/or raw gas to the surface. Secondly, Midstream (connects the Upstream and Downstream sectors, encompassing the transportation and storage of oil and gas). Lastly, Downstream (refining and processing operations). The award rewards success and commitment to health and safety, environmental stewardship and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Construction and Engineering Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award is reserved for a business that has excelled in the construction and engineering sector, demonstrating sustained investment in the growth of the South African economy through in-depth knowledge of the built environment and specialist skills and expertise, resulting in the completion of quality projects. The scope of the category encompasses the supply chain for construction and engineering in the entire built environment including rail, ports, industrial, commercial as well as mining projects. Demonstrating commitment to sustainability and the environment will be a key requirement to secure the Judges’ vote.

Tourism, Travel and Leisure Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

South Africa has earmarked tourism as a key sector with excellent potential for growth: the government aims to increase tourism’s contribution to the economy, both directly and indirectly, to R499-billion by 2020.

This award category recognises organisations’ outstanding contributions to the South African tourism, leisure, sports, hospitality, dining, gaming/gambling, accommodation and entertainment markets. It encompasses excellence in the delivery of products and services across focus areas such as visitor experiences, professional tours and tour guides, transport, accommodation and entrepreneurship. ‘Tourism, travel and leisure’ are collectively growth industries and include, but are not limited to, tourism with a business, arts & culture, paleontology, architecture, adventure, sports, medical, historical, cuisine or wine focus.

Business Solutions Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award goes to South Africa’s financial services sector in its entirety – 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, and provided and implemented strategic programmes to make financial services available to all sectors of the broader community. The demonstration of technological innovation to ensure clients’ needs are met efficiently and timeously is a key component of this award.

 

Banking/Financial Services Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award goes to South Africa’s financial services sector in its entirety – 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, and provided and implemented strategic programmes to make financial services available to all sectors of the broader community.  The demonstration of technological innovation to ensure clients’ needs are met efficiently and timeously is a key component of this award.

 

Health and Pharmaceuticals Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

The NBA Health and Pharmaceuticals Award is open to all role players in the diverse Health and Pharmaceuticals sector, including hospital management, medical suppliers, pharmaceutical companies, nursing agencies, biotechnology companies, spas, alternative healthcare companies, practitioners and scientists. The award celebrates those who have displayed unstinting dedication to pushing the boundaries in their field, thereby positively impacting the lives of millions of people on a daily basis.

 

Education Training and Skills Development

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

This award recognises accredited tertiary colleges, universities, SETAs and various private institutions that demonstrate measurable contributions to raising the profile of the education, training and skills development sector, and to the development of programmes aimed at contributing to the growth of the economy. The finalists will be organisations at the forefront of education, training and skills development in South Africa and will have in common a proven track record in the provision of quality learner programmes that speak to the requirements of South African society as a whole.

 

GOVERNMENT AWARDS

Top Performing Public Service Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million.

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

 

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Top Performing Business Leader of the Year Award

DESCRIPTION

Annual Revenue R100 Million per annum.

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 R10 – R35 Million per annum

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 (<40 years)

DESCRIPTION

Annual Revenue R5 – R35 Million per annum

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 R100 Million per annum

his 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.

 

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

BIO

Melanie Burke

Melanie Burke

Independent Change Practitioner

BIO

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

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