Oliver Empowerment Awards’ finalists – business men and women of substance

By on March 23, 2015

The underlying motivation of the Oliver Empowerment Awards is to discover organisations and business leaders who are creating a culture of entrepreneurship, developing the best practices and carving out powerful and sustainable models of business for empowerment and transformation in South Africa. The finalists for 14th Annual Oliver Awards have been carefully selected for holding these values in their business practices. These awards, hosted by Topco Media, recognise and honour these outstanding organisations and individuals in South Africa’s empowerment and transformation journey.

This year’s finalists stood out and wowed the judges with their commitment to empowerment and building the South African economy. Judges were impressed with the focus on skills development, where companies were investing up to 5 percent on this, going far beyond the government recommended 2 percent. Equally, the commitment to Corporate Social Investment and giving back to communities with specifically designed, well thought programs to ensure maximum yield and long term benefits for the targeted communities stood out to judges. Similarly, the focus on job creation and the amount of new jobs that have been created across sectors through these finalists is an admirable and encouraging sign for growth within South Africa. A promising number of this year’s finalists are female, with inspiring stories of building their companies from the ground up into successful and profitable businesses that now rival their well-established competition.

Taking place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on the 23 April 2015, the Oliver Empowerment Awards offers a platform for these finalists to access information and connections that they would not normally be privy to. Past winners have been established as transformational leaders in South Africa and gained international recognition.

Finalists for the 14th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards:

Top Empowered: Fast Growth Black-Owned SMME Award:

Bearing Lynk

Godimong Consulting Engineers

Lesedi Consulting Engineers

MANI Consulting

Moshate Media

Ratehang Projects

Usizo Engineering


Top Empowered: Skills Development Award:

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS)

Bidvest Managed Solutions

Bytes People Solutions

EuropCar SA

Haw & Inglis Group

McKinsey & Company

PC Training & Business College

Power Technologies

Total SA


Top Empowered: SED (Socio-Economic Development) Award:

Alexander Forbes

Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical


Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd

K.Carrim Group Holdings

McKinsey & Company

Netcare Limited

Spring Lights Gas

Ulwazi Group


Top Empowered: Enterprise & Supplier Development Award:

Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical

Haw & Inglis Group

K.Carrim Group Holdings

Kumba Iron Ore

Netcare Limited

Total SA


Top Empowered: Diversity Award:

Legadima Personnel

Naledi Rail Engineering

Praxis Computing

Quest Staffing Solutions

Umsinsi Health Care


Top Empowered: Job Creation Award:

Cape Town International Convention Centre

EOH Holdings

Isilumko Staffing

Kumba Iron Ore

Umsinsi Health Care


Top Empowered: Public Service Award:

Automotive Industry Development Centre

Coega Development Corporation

South African Maritime Safety Authority

South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA)

TULCA ta Mango Airlines


Top Empowered: Entrepreneur of 2015 Award:

Bearing Lynk – Imtiaz Mahomed Kardar

Future Africa Consulting and Training – Nargis Gani

Godimong Consulting Engineers – Norman Mongae

Impumulelo Print Solutions – Penny Langa

Uvuko Civils Maintenance & Construction – Rachel Rakgadi Tladi


Top Empowered: Male Leader of the Year Award:

Billion Group – Sisa Ngebulana

Naledi Rail Engineering – Wahed Rasool

PC Training & Business College – Jay Ramnundlall

AEEI Limited (formerly known as Sekunjalo Investments) – Khalid Abdulla

Ulwazi Group – Bongani Mabizela


Top Empowered: Female Leader of the Year Award:

Basadi Ba Kopane Investments – Melody Kweba

Future Africa Consulting – Nargis Gani

Isilumko Staffing – Nritika Singh

Quest Staffing Solutions – Kay Vittee

Uvuko Civils Maintenance & Construction- Rachel Rakgadi Tladi


Top Empowered: Young Achiever of the Year Award:

Boniswa Corporate Solutions – Lynette Nontobeko Magasa

Coega Development Corporation – Dr Ayanda Vilakazi

Indigo Kulani Group – Sibongile Manganyi

Pentad Quantity Surveyors – Sandi Mbutuma

SABC3 – Aisha Mohamed

South African Civil Aviation Authority – Mmanare Mamabolo


Top Empowered: Public Service Leader of 2015 Award:

Automotive Industry Development Centre – Barlow Manilal

City of Tshwane – Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa

SA Civil Aviation Authority – Mmanare Mamabolo

South African Maritime Safety Authority – Commander Tsietsi Mokhele


Top Empowered: Business of the Year Award


McKinsey & Company

Nedbank Ltd

Oceana Group

AEEI Limited (formerly known as Sekunjalo Investments)

Southern African Shipyards

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply