The Big Time Strategic Group Black Business Quarterly Awards 2017


The crown jewel of the South African business events calendar proved to be just that—one of the most prestigious black business awards ceremonies of the year Hosted on 20 October at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg, it was an evening of glitz and glamour, which honoured the most outstanding businessmen and women within South Africa.

Before the awards ceremony kicked off, Parliament’s Madam Speaker, Baleka Mbete said she was truly honoured to join in celebrating the various achievers who stood out and proved to be the epitome of excellence in the black business community. Madam Speaker said that we have emerged victorious from an unjust, cruel system that denied black people an opportunity to participate meaningfully in the mainstream economy. Therefore, it is imperative to recognise these business champions who are making waves within the industry and to ensure that empowerment occurs at all levels of black business.

Minister Jeff Radebe emphasised the importance of celebrating excellence in leadership and recognising the positive contribution that men and women are making in any society. Young people are the drivers of the National Development Plan (NDP) and ought to be the primary beneficiaries of our economic transformation. He encouraged all the attendees to invest in skills development, which will enable our country to produce young men and women who will become exceptional innovators and who will make a meaningful contribution to the economic growth of our country.

The Platinum Sponsor of the BBQ Awards, Justice Maphosa, felt it was of great importance to have an awards ceremony of this calibre, not only as a black nation but as young entrepreneurs and organisations. He encouraged every businessman and woman present to support and uplift one another and in doing so together, become successful as one.

The Big Time Strategic Group Black Business Quarterly Awards team would like to congratulate all who participated in the awards ceremony this year. To all the nominees, congratulations, your presence amongst these award winners is evident of your hard work and dedication to the black business world. Continue to strengthen yourself and your respective brands. To all the winners, may you continue to strive to be the best leaders in your various industries. Continue to grow and empower the South African nation. 

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