Champions of transformation honoured at Motlekar BBQ Awards


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

Organisation Categories:

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)

Individual Categories:

Outstanding Woman in Business Award
Angela Dick

Hennessy Businessman of the Year Award
Bheki Kunene

Volkswagen South Africa New Entrepreneur Award
Busisiwe Selesho

Mpamba Solutions & Consulting Iqhawe Mentorship Award
Joyce Ndeza

Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council Public Sector Visionary Award
Felleng Yende

Nestlife Assurance Young Business Achiever Award
Sylvester Chauke

Community Builder of the Year Award
Ghairunisa Johnstone

Motlekar Platinum Award
Daphne Mashile-Nkosi

For more on the awards, please visit To view the beautiful event pictures, please visit BBQ Awards Facebook page: and on Twitter:

For more information about the event, please contact Zama Hlekani | Cape Media | | 021 681 7000.

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