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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2018 Vision 2030 Awards Winners
Centre for Tissue Engineering –
2018 Vision 2030 Awards Finalists
ACWA Power Africa
Ricoh South Africa
Sola Future Energy
South African Oil & Gas Alliance
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Gautrain Management Agency
Kwazulu – Natal Officer of the Premier
Maluti-A-Phofung Special Economic Zone
Masifundi Training Centre
Once Youth Hotels
College of Cape Town
Motheo Tvet College
Nestle South Africa
PE Tvet College
Centre for Tissue Engineering
Council for Geoscience
Bombela Concession – Gautrain
Coega Development Corporation
Maragela Consulting Engineers
Pretoria Portland Cement
Social Housing Regulators Authority
Transnet Port Terminals
Coca-Cola Beverages SA
Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency
Excellent Meat Holdings
Nestle South Africa
Kwazulu – Natal Department of Health
Benedicta Mahlangu – Saldanha Bay IDZ
Dondo Mogajane – The National Treasury
Dr Raymond Patel – MerSeta
Faith Moeletsane – Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development
Julie May-Ellingson – Cape Town International Convention Centre
Lindiwe Rakharebe – Durban International Convention Centre
Maphefo Anno-Frempong – Transport Education & Training Authority
Marianna Dipiloane Phutsisi – Motheo Tvet College
Niall Kramer – South African Oil & Gas Alliance
Prof Ambassador Tal Edgars – GBSH Consult Group
Steven Zwane – Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Development
Silver Sponsor 2018
Category Sponsor 2018
Director for Innovation and Transformation, Aurecon
Chief Executive Officer | Productivity SA
Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu
Commisioner | National Planning Commission of South Africa
HR Executive, Barclays Africa, Wealth Investment Management and Insurance
Acting Senior Manager: Stakeholder Relations | Seda
Executive: Diversity & Inclusion, RBB|Barclays Africa
Dr Pascal Siphelele Zulu
Executive Director Human Resources | UNISA
Dr Siphamandla Welcome Zondi
Head of Department | University of Pretoria
Acting Chief Executive Officer | CATHSSETA
Sponsor an Award
Demonstrate your Commitment as an Award Category Sponsor The unique opportunity of sponsoring the Award Category of your choice will howcase your organisation, to the nation, as a thought leader in driving growth for South Africa.
As a category sponsor you will receive:
- Press coverage and multimedia exposure
- Multi-channel marketing opportunities
- New business partnerships
- Brand awareness
- Access to high-profile public and private sector audience.
Enter the Awards
Please read the below entry criteria carefully, before choosing your selected awards category from the list that follows and completing your online entry.
Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million, unless otherwise specified.
Only companies with a valid SANAS B-BBEE Certificate will be considered for entry. Additional information may be required of your organisation where relevant:
- Number of employees year-on-year 2014, 2015, 2016 or evidence
of employment creation
- Audited annual turnover for financial years 2014, 2015, 2016
- Procurement from local suppliers for financial years 2014, 2015, 2016
- Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills as a percentage of turnover for financial years 2014, 2015, 2016
- The quality of your entry’s content is critical to the judging process.
- Keep information brief and succinct. Motivations must not exceed 1 200 words.
- Do not use press release material.
- Supporting documentation that is not accompanied by a motivation
will not be read.
- All entrants will be reviewed on these general criteria, as well as the following eligibility criteria.