A celebration of world-class individuals and black-owned and empowered companies and organisations was held at the Motlekar Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards last Friday at Emperors palace in Johannesburg. Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu, Deputy Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Andries Nel and Mncane Mthunzi, President of the Black Management Forum were among the dignitaries who gathered at the sparkling event.
Five awards were announced in the company category, including DLO Energy Resources, that won the SAASTA Most Innovative Best Established Black Business Award; and health and safety consulting and training firm, Isipho Sempilo HSE Solutions, that won the Innovation Hub New and Innovative Business Award. Winners in the eight individual award categories included Angela Dick, CEO and founder of Transman; Bheki Kunene, Founder and Managing Director of Mind Trix Media; Busisiwe Selesho, Founder and Managing Director at IST Skills Academy and Ghairunisa Johnstone, Founder and Director of Mustadafin Foundation.
Black Management Forum (BMF) President,Mncane Mthunzi gave the keynote address. “The number of black South African CEOs in the top 40 Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed companies dropped from 15% to 10% over the past three years according to the recent Jack Hammer Executive Report*.” Mthunzi emphasised the need and importance of transformation in the corporate sector through development and upskilling of employees. He encouraged employees to also equip themselves through education as this will lead to appointments based purely on merit. Mthunzi concluded saying South Africans should courageously work together to edify the future generations of leaders in pursuit of a better future for all.
Minister of Women in the Presidency,Susan Shabangu, who was acting President on the evening, summed up the keynote addresses by encouraging peace, stability and prosperity in businesses and in South Africa.
“The atmosphere was of excitement, anticipation and overall contentment amongst the finalists on the night,” shares Greg Penfold, Head of the Events Division at Cape Media. “Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. May they continue changing lives through their influence and successful businesses.”
Qualified medical doctor better known as a stand-up comedian and actor, Riaad Moosa, directed the programme and kept the audience entertained throughout the event. Once the prizes had been awarded and speeches made, the celebration moved to the dance floor as 5FM’s DJ Euphonik kept the party going late into the night.
Motlekar BBQ Awards Winners
SAASTA Most Innovative Best Established Black Business Award:
DLO Energy Resources
The Innovation Hub New and Innovative Business Award
Isipho Sempilo HSE Solutions
LTE Consulting CSI - Ubuntu Award
COEGA Development Corporation
Emperors Palace Best Employer Award
Spring Lights Gas
SANRAL Transformation Champion of the year Award
Institute of Internal Auditors South Africa (IIA SA)
Outstanding Woman in Business Award
Hennessy Businessman of the Year Award
Volkswagen South Africa New Entrepreneur Award
Mpamba Solutions & Consulting Iqhawe Mentorship Award
Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council Public Sector Visionary Award
Nestlife Assurance Young Business Achiever Award
Community Builder of the Year Award
Motlekar Platinum Award
For more on the awards, please visit www.bbqawards.co.za. To view the beautiful event pictures, please visit BBQ Awards Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BBQAwards and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BBQ_Awards.
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