The finalists for the 13th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards have been shortlisted. The nominees are narrowed down to the best business and government leaders in transformation that South Africa has ever seen.
Hosted by Topco Media's Impumelelo publication, the Oliver Empowerment Awards distinguishes the nation's most inspirational leaders who exemplify outstanding levels of initiative through Black Economic Empowerment in the workplace.
"Overall, I found the quality of entrants to be incredibly strong, especially in the Top Black Entrepreneur Award category as it was almost impossible to pinpoint a clear winner," says Managing Editor Nick Krige.
Previous winners have reentered this year's Awards, creating an even more heated competitive atmosphere throughout the categories. Discovery's Kate Moodley, who won the Top Business Women of the Year and also Top Women Executive for South Africa in 2011, is a returning competitor with her sights set on the Future Black Leader Award for 2014.
Judges saw the Skills Development Award category as one of the most competitive, with top corporate companies, like KPMG and Allied Technologies, demonstrating with great depth how their organisations have impacted social development, both internally and externally.
"As a country, we can be proud of the part private organisations play in assisting the government through poverty alleviation and education," says Topco Media's CEO Ralf Fletcher. "The level of commitment shown by this year's entrants have made it more difficult for the judges to evaluate the final outcomes."
The Oliver Empowerment Awards will be taking place on 25 April 2014 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg where the winners of each category will be revealed.
For more information, please contact Sheri Morgan on 086 000 9590 or email .
ENTERPRISE & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT AWARD Coega Development Corporation Eskom Holdings SOC Limited Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd KPMG Musa Capital Total Facilities Management Company Tsogo Sun Holdings T-Systems South Africa Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd
DIVERSITY AWARD DAV Professional Placement Group KPMG Netcare Limited PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Quest Staffing Solutions Umsinsi Health Care JOB CREATION AWARD Coega Development Corporation DHL Express EOH Holdings Netcare Limited Persaf Holdings (Pty) Ltd Umsinsi Health Care
FAST GROWTH BLACK-OWNED SMME AWARD Alcari 392 t/a Rubber Engineering Boniswa Corporate Solutions Indigo Kulani Group MMQS Praxis Computing (Pty) Ltd Ratehang Projects cc SED (SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT) AWARD Bytes People Solutions Eskom Holdings SOC Limited Gijima Holdings (Pty) Ltd McKinsey & Company Pareto Limited Persaf Holdings (Pty) Ltd Sekunjalo Investment Holdings Ulwazi Protection Services Vodacom Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD (> R1 billion) Allied Technologies LTD (Altech) EOH Holdings Imperial Logistics KPMG Kumba Iron Ore Mckinsey & Company Netcare Limited Renault SA Travel with Flair T-Systems South Africa Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD (< R1 billion) Bytes People Solutions Coega Development Corporation Dormac Marine & Engineering Mhlathuze Water Mint Management Technologies
FUTURE BLACK LEADER AWARD (<40 YEARS) Collins Rudzani Makhado (Executive Head: Centre for Strategy, Risk & Performance) - SAMSA Kate Moodley (Franchise Director) - Discovery Consulting Services Mzoxolo Jojwana (Programming Manager, Talk Radio 702) - Primedia Broadcasting Sandi Mbutuma (Executive Director) - Pentad Quantity Surveyors Simphiwe Xulu (Operations Manager) - Mhlathuze Water
TOP BLACK ENTREPRENEUR OF 2014 AWARD Anda Maqanda (Managing Director) - AM Group (Pty) Ltd Bongani Mabizela (Executive Chairman) - Ulwazi Protection Services Gift Mpho Mogodi (Managing Director) - Ratehang Projects cc Lynette Magasa (Chief Executive Officer) - Boniswa Corporate Solutions Mandla Mlangeni (Chief Executive Officer) - MMQS Matome E.Modipa (Group CEO & Founder) - Sebata Group of Companies Nandha Moodley (Director) - Alcari 392 t/a Rubber Engineering Sibongile Manganyi (Managing Director) - Indigo Kulani Group Theo P Wilcox (Managing Member) - Lesedi Consulting Engineers Tim Tebeila (Chairman) - Sekoko Resources (Pty) Ltd
TOP BLACK FEMALE LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD Kay Vittee (Chief Executive Officer) - Quest Staffing Solutions Lynette Magasa (Chief Executive Officer) - Boniswa Corporate Solutions Priakumari Hassan (Chief Executive Officer) - WOA Fuels and Oils Shirley Machaba (Executive Chairman of the Governing Board) - PricewaterhouseCoopers
TOP BLACK MALE LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD Bongani Mabizela (Executive Chairman) - Ulwazi Protection Services Matome E. Modipa (Group Chief Executive & Founder) - Sebata Group of Companies Sizwe Nxasana (Chief Executive Officer) - FirstRand Limited William Mzimba (Chief Executive Officer) - Accenture SA
PUBLIC SECTOR AWARDS
MOST TRANSFORMED PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD (MUNICIPALITY/PARASTATAL/SOE) sponsored by South African Weather Services Mhlathuze Water Moses Kotane Institute South African Maritime Safety Authority South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) Supplier Park Development Company SOC t/a AIDC
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