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Top Empowerment Conference award winners for 2022

The Top Empowerment Conference, hosted virtually by Topco Media in partnership with Nedbank, celebrated the best in SA business transformation from 20-21 July 2022. The annual summit aims to find solutions that will re-shape the socio-economic status quo through actionable ways to empower South Africa's workforce and in so doing, improve the economy.
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This year’s theme, "Africa Driving a Transformed Economy”, paid homage to those who are committed to empowering Black-owned businesses and concluded with an awards ceremony announcing 12 South African businesses that have proven to be transformative.

"The success of the economy rests on South Africa's ability to re-shape and rebuild the economy. It's important for government, public and private sectors to come together so that we can change the structural outlook of our country," says Ralph Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media.

The 2022 Top Empowerment winners:

Top Empowerment Company - Socio-Economic DevelopmentIthuba
Top Empowerment Company - Enterprise & Supplier DevelopmentNedbank
Top Empowerment Company - Education & Skills DevelopmentSanlam
Top Empowerment CompanyMasslift Africa
Top Empowerment Company - Fast Growth Black Owned SMMEModern Centric
Top Empowerment Young Achiever under 40Zakhele Mgobhozi, CEO of Modern Centric
Top Empowerment Business LeaderTshegetsang Sebeela, CEO of TEG
Top Empowerment Empowered EntrepreneurTalifhani Mamafha, CEO of Analytics Advertising
Top Empowerment Empowered CompanyNedbank
Top Empowered Company - Job CreationSigma Connected
Top Empowerment Company Business of the YearSanlam
Top Empowerment Public Sector LeaderDr Felleng Yende, CEO of P&M SETA

These companies proved they are making tremendous efforts in transforming South Africa's evolving workforce and are encouraging all those that live South Africa to take the necessary steps to help transform the economy, not just for now, but for future generations to come.

Encouraging positive change

Clem Sumter, futurologist and scenario planner, comments, “The economy is in an extremely dilapidated state at the moment, and leaders of the biggest economies in the world need to come together to ask, 'what are we going to do to further develop greater equality?'”

Attendees consisted of corporates, academia, government and members of the private and public sector. In a bid to push the transformation agenda, panel discussions over the two-day summit looked for inspiration and reflected on the transformation journey thus far, providing expert solutions to the recurring issues in the context of transformation and empowerment.

Highlights from the summit include discussions around the new BBBEE codes and the implications these changes will have on local businesses; the key role entrepreneurs play in Africa’s economic growth; the township economy; exploring ESD programmes applicable to South Africa; and the impacts of the digital revolution on skills development and transformation.

Some key takeouts on actionable insights from top empowered organisations included:

  • The need to continuously adapt and enhance skills to remain in economic competitiveness.
  • A collaborative approach between government, private sector, public sector and SMMEs is needed.
  • Ensuring that connectivity is no longer a challenge, but a basic service to all.
  • Only by creating an enabling environment can we really hope to create an economy that benefits all.
  • If there’s no transformative ownership, nothing is going to change, and the structure of our economy will remain the same and continue to increase inequality.

Watch the full awards ceremony here, or the highlights from the 2022 Top Empowerment Conference & Awards here.

Click here to view all the finalists.

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