Case studies from top companies: the future of empowerment in SA

By on September 21, 2015

Topco Media is presented the Future of Empowerment conference which took place on 16 to 17 September 2015, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. It offered helpful case studies and advice from top empowered companies on how to strategise empowerment into South African business.

Topco Media, publisher of Top Empowered Companies and organisers of the Oliver Empowerment Awards, has identifies two needs that this conference fulfilled.

“Organisations and individuals wish to have access to case studies and detailed examples of what top empowered organisations have done or implemented. They want to learn from them and emulate this success in their own business,” explains Ryland Fisher, Associate publisher and editor at Topco Media and the moderator of the conference.

“The new update in the B-BBEE codes of good practice affects businesses positively and negatively at several tiers and companies and owners or executives in business need to know what the impact of the codes will be and obtain advice and knowledge on how to deal with these changes.”

Keynote speakers

Day one opened with Unpacking the new revised B-BBEE codes of good practice with an opening address by Alice Puoane, CFO of Brand South Africa.

On day two, Mathews Phosa, South African attorney and politician opened with ‘The Freedom Charter and Economic Empowerment.’ The keynote speaker was Sipho Zikode, Deputy Director-General of the DTI who focused on ‘Achievements and impacts of B-BBEE Implementation’. Both speeches were open to audience’ questions and answers, enticing engaging discussions over the future of SA businesses.

The conference ended on a high note with an inspirational interview with Vivian Reddy, founder of the Edison Group and winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 14th annual Oliver Empowerment Awards.

Case study presenters

CEOs, CFOs, HR and transformation managers and those involved in the procurement and supply chain profitted from lessons learned by top transformation companies as they shared their experiences and wisdom in case study presentations. Many of these corporations are winners of Oliver Empowerment Awards for transformation and empowerment.

•         Cas Coovadia, MD, The Banking Association South Africa

•         Kate Moodley, Franchise Director, Discovery

•         Maushami Chetty, Attorney, entrepreneur and change catalyst, Maushamic

•         Mteto Nyati, CEO, MTN South Africa

•         Mzwanele Manyi, President, Progressive Professional Forum, Special Advisor to the Minister of Communications

•         Thulani Sibeko, Group Managing Executive: Group Marketing, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Nedbank

•         Zinzi Mgolodela, Head of Transformation, Woolworths Holdings

Panel discussions

In the afternoon of day one, delegates selected three fast track networking sessions. Each panel contained top thinkers in empowerment, economic growth and development. The sessions revolved around topics of skills development, the importance of ownership in empowerment and enterprise and supplier development. Day two had a joint panel discussion on ‘How do we grow entrepreneurs in South Africa in the public and private sector?’

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