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The 10th Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards, South Africa's most prestigious recognition of transformation excellence, promises to be an even bigger and better event this year. Entries for this eagerly awaited event were up 25% while critical judging standards have reportedly hit a new high!
The 'Olivers', increasingly sought-after awards, celebrate and recognize inspiring Black South Africans. The Top Empowered Company, Top Black Male and Top Black Female Entrepreneurs of the Year as well as the Top Black Public Sector Executive and Top Black Businessman will be announced at this glittering ceremony. Celebrating a decade of empowerment progress, the 'Olivers' will be held on the 24th of March at Sandton Convention Centre.
Leading figures from government, business and the media will congregate to celebrate the category and individual winners who are not only driving economic empowerment in the country but are examples of superior entrepreneurial, corporate and public sector performance.
Nonkululeko Ntshona of Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors, winner of last year's Top Young Black Entrepreneur, applauded the award scheme's decade-long contribution to transformation. She pointed out: "By setting standards of excellence and creating role models, the 'Olivers' have ensured that empowerment has taken centre stage as the guiding principle of progressive business. Their influence has been huge."
This must-attend event on South Africa's corporate calendar is again hosted by leading Topco title, Impumelelo, an annual publication dedicated to the encouragement of black entrepreneurship and business success.
Richard Fletcher commented: "The 10th anniversary bestows even greater cachet on an awards programme that has become the benchmark of BEE success.
The partnership between Topco Media and Metropolitan has significantly raised the standards of these Awards. Metropolitans influence is always reminding us of the passion that transformation initiatives need to realize their success.
"Outstanding progress has been made over the decade and Topco is proud to have contributed to it. BEE may have begun as a compliance issue for some. Today it is the core contributor to corporate success across the entire commercial landscape."
Judges for Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards
The quality of entries was so high but the supporting documentation together with their personal motivation letters made the process of selecting the winners easier, said Zelphinia Mvula, BEE Manager at headline sponsor, Metropolitan.
"Competition is incredibly intense this year," she noted. "Every category is closely contested. I am always amazed by entrants to the small business category. Many of them have made huge sacrifices. They start with so little yet achieve so much. Their stories are truly inspirational."
Entrepreneurship Bank, FNB Commercial, sponsors the SME Award and the Top Black Male Entrepreneur category as a means of promoting black entrepreneurship as a critical driver of economic development.
"The Oliver BEE awards aligns with FNB Commercial Premium Business Banking BEE Solutions strategic intent of enabling, accelerating and growing Black Entrepreneurship in South Africa", said FNB Enterprise Development Manager Ishaq Lakhi, "in our objective to position FNB Commercial as the Premier Bank for Entrepreneurs, as part of the Group's vision of building a great business and helping to contribute to a better world."
KZN Oils (Pty) Ltd WOA Fuels & Oils Total South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Basis & General Industries
Gibb (Pty) Ltd Aurecon South Africa (Pty) Ltd Mercedes-Benz South Africa (Pty) Ltd Mott MacDonald South Africa (Pty) Ltd Steinmuller Africa (Pty) Ltd Dormac (Pty) Ltd Eqstra Holdings Ltd
Food & Beverage
Tsebo Outsourcing Group (Pty) Ltd Oceana Group Ltd RoyalServe Catering (Pty) Ltd Tongaat Hulett Ltd
Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
Bonitas Medical Fund Netcare Limited Pinnacle Health Solutions (Pty) Ltd
City Lodge Hotels Ltd Club Travel SA (Pty) Ltd Coastlands Durban (Pty) Ltd Southern Sun Hotels (Pty) Ltd Travel with Flair (Pty) Ltd Thebe Exhibitions & Projects Group (Pty) Ltd Tempest Car Hire (Pty) Ltd
VWV Group (Pty) Ltd DraftFCB South Africa (Pty) Ltd Grid Worldwide Branding & Design (Pty) Ltd Support Services Adams & Adams ECI Africa Consulting Kelly Group Ltd KPMG Maponya Inc
Daimler Fleet Management South Africa (Pty) Ltd t/a Debis Fleet Management Fleet Africa (Pty) Ltd Siyaduma Auto Ferriers (Pty) Ltd Super Group Ltd
Financial Services - Sponsored by Business Report
21st Century Pay Solutions Group (Pty) Ltd ABSA Group Ltd Sekunjalo Investments Ltd
Accenture South Africa (Pty) Ltd Bytes Technology Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd Dimension Data (Pty) Ltd EOH (Pty) Ltd Westcon SA (Pty) Ltd CHM Vuwani Computer Solutions (Pty) Ltd
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Knowledge Quest Altimax Training Academy University of Pretoria
Top Empowered SMME - Sponsored by FNB
Transglobal Cargo (Pty) Ltd Web Stationers KPG Media Technologies cc Ocular Technologies (Pty) Ltd Ithuba Industries Zanusi Brand Solutions My Personal Trainer (Pty) Ltd Plus 94 Research (Pty) Ltd
Centre for Public Service Innovation Media Development and Diversity Agency South African National Roads Agency Limited Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority
Top Empowered Government Parastatal
Medical Research Council South African Post Office Denel (Pty) Ltd South African Weather Service Foskor
Nathan Reddy - Grid Worldwide Branding & Design (Pty) Ltd Rajen Reddy - KZN Oils (Pty) Ltd Pommie Lutchman - Ocular Technologies (Pty) Ltd Saantha Naidu - Saantha Naidu Group Ronald Abvajee - My Personal Trainer (Pty) Ltd Olu Soluade - AOS Consulting Engineers cc
Top Black Female Entrepreneur
Nokuthula Luthuli - Bloom Marketing Zolelwa Molapisi - By Design Marketing Group Dumisa Melane - eNetworks Pria Hassan - WOA Fuels & Oils Johanna Mukoki - Travel with Flair
Top Black Public Sector Executive
Dr. Linda Makuleni - South African Weather Service James Ndluvo - Trans Caledon Tunnel Authority Mike Kgobe - Denel Aviation
Top Black Businessman - Sponsored by FNB
William Mzimba - Accenture Kamogelo Mmutlana - Fleet Africa (Pty) Ltd Tseliso Pitikoe - RoyalServe Cleaning
Top Black Businesswoman - Sponsored by Metropolitan
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