2017 Vision 2030 Award Winners

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Thank you so much for inviting us to 2017’s prestigious event.  We, as a college, have attended awards ceremonies – however this one was the best! We are looking forward to attending the 2018 ceremony.

Everything was super!

Cynthia Nzimande
Marketing Officer

Ekurhuleni East College

It was an honour to attend the first annual Vision 2030 Awards. Paying attention to and assisting in the National Development Plan is of the utmost importance. I’ve been all around the world and always find myself wanting to return to South Africa. Our company, ContraBanned (CB), recently purchased a building in Jeppestown as part of an effort to see the upliftment of the Johannesburg Downtown CBD. No one is going to do this for us, it’s up to us as individuals and corporations to see through the vision that we all have for this country. All the best.

Andrew Chaplin
Locnville VIP Awards Guests Officer

“Being affiliated with Vision 2030 has added immense credibility to the brand of HPCA. We were awarded the runner up award and it’s added a lot of credibility to our brand  – immediately after the (2017) event, we got some really strong contacts in the industry which we are in conversation with now for funded projects. Thanks to Topco and Vision 2030 for the amazing opportunity” 

Shaun Thomas
Assistant Communications Officer
Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa / Head of Digital Marketing for @ehospicenews International

Keynote Guest Speaker

Hon. Jeff Radebe

Minister in the Presidency

Jeff Radebe is the longest-serving Minister in Cabinet, having served under all South Africa’s post-democracy presidents: Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and now Jacob Zuma.

A former chairman of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, he has been responsible for Transport, Public Enterprises, Public Works and Justice and Constitutional Development. But his latest role, as Minister in the Presidency responsible for monitoring, evaluation and planning, puts him at the centre of government’s deliverables.

Key to the deliverables identified by government is the National Development Plan, which now falls within Radebe’s portfolio. For Radebe, it is important that people understand that the NDP is not owned by government, but that it should be owned by all South Africans.

“The NDP is not only a plan of the government but a plan for the people of South Africa. The President, in his wisdom, made sure that the National Planning Commission is not a government entity but was constituted essentially by people outside of government,” said Radebe at his office at Tuynhuis, next to Parliament.


Vision 2030 Awards

The annual Vision 2030 Awards honour the achievements and share the success stories of organisations, enterprises and individuals that are actively demonstrating alignment to the government’s Nine-Point Plan to boost economic growth and achieve the milestones set by the National Development Plan (NDP).

Leading by example, the winners showcased by these Awards inspire their peers and all stakeholders nationwide to pledge commitment to the NDP – not in words alone but in actions that move the nation forward.

The Judging Process: How it Works

  • Companies and individuals submit their entry forms to our Nominations Team, indicating which category they wish to enter – and why they feel they deserve to qualify as a Finalist.
  • To enter, they need to comply with set criteria (eg annual turnover, empowerment credentials or other stipulated measurables). Our Research Department checks on these criteria.
  • Awards Entrants are able to enter two awards categories – one an organisational category, and the other an individual category (e.g. a company might enter for ‘Business of the Year’, while also entering its CEO for ‘CEO of the Year’).
  • Awards entries officially close on a stipulated date.
  • Our Nominations, Research and Editorial Teams collaborate to validate all entries according to both the objective, analytical pre-set qualification criteria, as well as the entrants’ written motivations. This results in a long-list of Awards Finalists.
  • Finalists’ names are released to the public and, at the same time, handed over to the pre-assembled external Judging Panel, comprised of independent industry experts relevant to the focus area of the Awards.
  • Finalists are sent their congratulatory letters and Finalist Packs, containing customisable press release material and digital accreditation badges.
  • The Judges are provided with Judging Packs containing everything they need to know about each Finalist – performance metrics, qualification data, written motivation – as well as official Scoring Sheets and guidelines for how to score the Finalists.
  • Individual Judges are assigned 2-3 Awards Categories to judge, so that the categories are spread across the Judging Panel.
  • The Judging Process is largely completed online – except for the Judges’ Review Forum – where the Judges come together with all Finalists in the Individual Awards Categories for one day, to give Finalists a chance to outline their achievements in person, to the Judges. The Judges Review Forum takes place in Johannesburg 1-2 months before the Awards.
  • The Judges have a further few days to finalise their decisions and submit their lists of Winners to our Nominations Team, where they are stored away securely until the Awards Winners are announced on the night of the Awards Ceremony. For further queries on the Research or Judging Process, please contact Sandra.Bock@topco.co.za (Research) or Aisha.Crombie@topco.co.za.

2017 Judges

Abbas Jamie

Abbas Jamie

Director for Innovation and Transformation, Aurecon

Khathu Ramukumba

Khathu Ramukumba

Chief Executive Officer, National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

Saki Zamxaka

Saki Zamxaka

Group Chief Executive Officer, Gauteng Growth & Development Agency (GGDA)

Dr Raymond Patel

Dr Raymond Patel

Board member: Cell C Foundation; The University of Western Cape; Human Resources Development Committee of RSA (HRDC)

Herman Warren

Herman Warren

Network Director for Africa, The Economist Corporate Network

Adv Lekolota Makua

Adv Lekolota Makua

Advocate of the Johannesburg Bar & is a member of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL)

Sifiso Cele

Sifiso Cele

HR Executive, Barclays Africa, Wealth Investment Management and Insurance

Mothunye Mothiba

Mothunye Mothiba

Chief Executive Officer, Productivity SA

Simpiwe Somdyala

Simpiwe Somdyala

Old Mutual General Manager: Corporate Affairs

Prof. Siphamadla Zondi

Prof. Siphamadla Zondi

Head of Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria

Finalists 2017


African Equity Empowerment Investments

ArcelorMittal South Africa

Boxer Superstores

British American Tobacco SA

WOA Fuels & Oils


Clicks Group Ltd

Clinix Health Group

Government Employees Medical Scheme

Hospice Palliative Care Association

The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association South Africa

National Department of Health


Amadlelo Agri

British American Tobacco SA

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency

Mariveni Farmers Co-Operative

Woolworths Holdings Ltd

EDUCATION AWARD sponsored by

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Clicks Group Ltd

Department of Basic Education

Eskilz College

Richfield Graduate Institute of Technology

South African Broadcasting Corporation

Spring Lights Gas (Pty) Ltd

Symphonia for South Africa

The Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management

University of Johannesburg

Vaal University of Technology


AcerlorMittal South Africa

Anglo American Platinum

WOA Fuels & Oils


ArcelorMittal South Africa

Automotive Industry Development Centre

Bigen Africa

Bombela Concession – Gautrain

Boniswa Corporate Solutions

City of Cape Town – Water & Sanitation

Coega Development Corporation

Dormac Marine & Engineering

Indigo Kulani Group


Centre for Public Service Innovation

EOH Holdings

Global Business Solutions

National Research Foundation

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

The Innovation Hub

University of Johannesburg

Vaal University of Technology


Asher Bohbot – EOH Holdings

Carol Weaving – Reed Exhibitions

Dr Louise van Rhyn – Symphonia for South Africa

Freddy Masekwameng – Two Mountains

Hubert Mathanzima Mweli – Department of Basic Education

Jeffrey Every – Amadlelo Agri

Kamal Timmal – Eskilz College

Kgomotso Pooe – Soweto Outdoor

Khalid Abdulla – African Equity Empowerment Investment

Malebona Precious Matsoso – National Department of Health

Matsietsi Mokholo – Department of Public Enterprise

Patricia Chiloane – Training at Work

Professor Ambassador Edgars – GBSH Consult Group

Richard Schulz – Adept Airmotive

Veli Eric Mabena – Maluti TVET College


Calvin & Family Group

Orvall Corporate Designs

South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Soweto Outdoor

The Green House

Training at Work

Treatment Action Campaign



Amadlelo Agri

Anglo American Platinum

Bombela Concession – Gautrain

Cape Town International Convention Centre

Durban International Convention Centre

Government Employee Medical Scheme

Havas Worldwide

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

National Health Department

Sasfin Holdings

WDB Trust


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As a category sponsor you will receive:

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  • Multi-channel marketing opportunities
  • New business partnerships
  • Brand awareness
  • Access to high-profile public and private sector audience.

Awards Categories


Powering South Africa Award

This award goes to a company that has successfully implemented energy solutions to accelerate the NDP. Entrants must outline the implementation of a cost-effective, innovative product or process that provides solutions towards resolving the energy crisis — through design improvements, resources reduction or control — and/or reduces emissions to air, water or land; thus reducing environmental impact. The approach must be scalable and practically applicable to other facilities or products.

Agriculture Award

The NDP estimates that the agriculture sector could potentially create one million jobs by 2030. This award goes to an organisation driving demonstrable economic advances across sustainable agriculture, agri-processing, fisheries and small enterprise development.

Mineral Award

This award showcases organisations that have been successful in the promotion of, or provision of, local beneficiation, development and community upliftment. The award is open to all mining, oil, gas, and alternative energy companies that can display progress in leveraging mineral wealth to contribute to socioeconomic improvement in line with the NDP’s goals.

Infrastructure Development Award

The nation cannot move forward without the upgrade, expansion and maintenance of integrated infrastructure. This award recognises organisations involved in innovative, sustainable and efficiency-enhancing infrastructure development. The scope of the award includes roads and railways, ports, energy, ICT, water and sanitation, housing, access to basic services, healthcare and education.

Science and Technology  Award

For this award, the judges will identify an organisation that is making significant headway in overcoming the challenges facing the South African science, technology and innovation sector -– including human capital development and the continuous modernisation of scientific infrastructure such as laboratories and IT equipment – with the aim of rapidly unlocking the potential of science, technology and innovation to contribute to economic growth.

Healthcare Award

The winner will demonstrate excellence in addressing urgencies within the six elements of the district-level health system: service delivery, workforce, information dissemination, medical products, vaccines and technologies, and improved health financing. This organisation will be enabling better health outcomes in terms of equity and quality, responsiveness, social cohesion, financial risk protection and improved efficiencies.

Education Award

Entrants may work in childhood development, basic education, further education and training, or higher education. Entrants should demonstrate commitment to the national vision for education, and successful outcomes within five focus areas:

  • enabling improved educational and scientific achievement
  • building a qualified, committed teaching, academic and research core
  • expediting education infrastructure development
  • increasing the number of highly- skilled education sector professionals
  • contributing to an improved national educational system overall


Industrial Action Plan Award

Government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan  is one of the key pillars of transformation in South Africa. This award is aimed at a government department or public institution who has achieved sustainable economic growth and brought structural change to the economy. The award winner will have prioritised labour-intensive sectors with a view to increase job opportunities; increased their participation in global value chains and broadened economic participation by using the IPAP framework.


Driver for Change Award

Leading the organisations, industrial giants and government departments spearheading the aims of the NDP are men and women who embody commitment in action to Vision 2030 aims and outcomes. This individual award, a highlight of the awards ceremony, will go to an individual whom the judges unanimously agree to be a force for change; passionate about national development in line with the NDP, and fully on-board for the journey to 2030. The award winner, from either the public or private sector, will hold the respect of the highest decision-makers at the forefront of development.


SMME Award

This award is open to SMMEs across, all sectors, that demonstrate innovation and success, along with a positive impact on the lives of ordinary South Africans, e.g. job creation or accelerating local/national Development. General criteria: turnover of R10-million – R35-million; positive financial year-on-year growth; operational for more than two years; Level 1 – 4 scorecard. Otherwise: 50.1% black ownership with a demonstrably strong B-BBEE scorecard.

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