Anglo also walked away with the Top 500 Best Managed Company in Resources Award, topping the likes of Gold Fields, Exxarro Coal, Trans Hex Group Limited and The Petroleum, Oil and Gas Corporation of South Africa.
Other (Category) award winners at these inaugural annual awards included Mercedes Benz South Africa, Woolworths, Adcorp, Bidvest, EOH and Flight Centre. Keynote Speaker Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba emphasised the importance of reigniting economic growth and building a South Africa that is inclusive to all. Meanwhile, VIP speaker Asher Bohbot, CEO of Africa's largest tech company EOH, spoke about his personal experiences and insights on what it takes to be a successful Top 500 company.
The Top 500 Awards' finalists were drawn directly from the annual Top 500: South Africa's Best Managed Companies publication; now in its eighth edition, which ranks the top five companies across 100 different business sectors. By distilling those 100 sectors into a handful of broader categories, the Top 500 Awards presented to the nation companies that are truly ‘Best in Class', in terms of what they do. Viewed collectively, they comprise the vanguard of the regional economy: employing over 800,000 people and contributing a total of R109bn towards economic growth every year.
Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, commended the Top 500 finalists on their global growth and ability to keep the economy robust, as well as on their commitment to South Africa (the private sector, as a whole, spends between R8 - R9bn a year on charitable causes or socioeconomic development): “These giants of industry are investing back into the country that has been their bedrock - by creating jobs, supporting SME's, facilitating skills development, empowering their supply chains, and through direct Corporate Social Investment. Their success is really our success, as a nation”.2017 Top 500 Award Winners:
|Top 500 Resources Award||Anglo American South Africa Limited|
|Top 500 Basic Industries Award||Engen Petroleum Limited|
|Top 500 General Industrials Award||Bidvest Group Limited|
|Top 500 Consumer Goods Award||Mercedes Benz South Africa|
|Top 500 Best Managed Organisation in Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Award||Discovery Health Medical Scheme|
|Top 500 Retail Award||Woolworths Holdings Limited|
|Top 500 Hospitality Award||Flight Centre|
|Top 500 Media Award||Naspers Limited|
|Top 500 Business Support Services Award||Adcorp Holdings Limited|
|Top 500 Transport Award||Bidvest Panalpina Logistics|
|Top 500 Financial Services Award||Standard Bank of South Africa Limited|
|Top 500 ICT Award||EOH Holdings Limited|
|Top 500 Best Managed Company Award||Anglo American South African Limited|