TOP EMPOWERMENT WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Winners of 17th Annual TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards Lead the Nation’s Transformation Agenda

Johannesburg, 13 April 2018. Shining a spotlight on economic empowerment and transformation, winners in the 17th Annual TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards were announced on Thursday 12 April 2018, at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

As the most influential empowerment awards ceremony recognizing leadership and advancing innovation in empowerment, TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards crowned this year’s champions for their contribution in driving the empowerment agenda and their leading role in boosting South Africa’s growth and equity in the economy.

Rylan Fisher, TOP EMPOWERMENT Editorial Director: “Our 13 awards categories cover the breadth of sectors in the empowerment space and we were excited by the large amount of interest with over 150 nominations of companies from across South Africa. We have seen outstanding competition this year and all of our finalists have shown that they are among the best in advancing transformation in South Africa.

“We are proud to honour the 2018 TOP EMPOWERMENT winners for their superior contributions as South Africa’s best-in-class companies and individuals who lead the nation in enhancing the possibilities of equal economic participation, and who deliver exceptional results in the face of challenges.”

TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards are considered the ultimate accolade by winning companies for their transformation activity and winners claim their space among the highest ranked empowerment companies in the global emerging markets.

The TOP EMPOWERMENT Winners are:

TOP EMPOWERED: FAST GROWTH-BLACK OWNED SMME AWARD

Flat Foot Holdings

TOP EMPOWERED: EDUCATION & TRAINING AWARD

Moses Kotane Institute

TOP EMPOWERED: FINANCIAL SERVICES AWARD

Akani Retirement Fund Administrators

TOP EMPOWERED: INFRASTRUCTURE AWARD

Women of Africa

TOP EMPOWERED: ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Multichoice South Africa

TOP EMPOWERED: ICT AWARD

Multichoice South Africa

TOP EMPOWERED: PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Mintek

TOP EMPOWERED: SUPPORT SERVICES AWARD

Plus 94 Research

TOP EMPOWERED: SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD

African Marine Solutions Group

TOP EMPOWERED ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR 2018 AWARD

Malani Padayachee – Malani Padayachee & Associates Consulting Engineers

TOP EMPOWERED: PUBLIC SECTOR LEADER AWARD

Xolile George – South African Local Government Association

TOP EMPOWERED: BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Poppy Khoza – South African Civil Aviation Authority

TOP EMPOWERED: BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Multichoice South Africa

This year’s TOP EMPOWERMENT conference programme drew together South Africa’s preeminent empowerment business leaders, government officials, academics, mentors and transformation drivers for a packed programme of dialogue, exchange and networking to advance the empowerment agenda.

TOP EMPOWERMENT supports, facilitates and leverages South Africa’s public and private sectors’ capacity to unlock the potential that exists within black-owned and managed businesses that operate within the South African economy. Through deliberate, targeted and well-defined interventions, public discussions and business networking sessions, TOP EMPOWERMENT challenges public and private sectors to continually benchmark and improve their performance to boost growth and equity in the economy.