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07 MARCH 2017

500 qualifiers

61 finalists


12 category winners

1 title holder: Best Managed Company in South Africa…

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Top 500 Best Managed Company in Resources Award

Anglo American South Africa Limited
With its foundations having being laid here in the city of gold 100 years ago, Anglo’s world-class mining operations and undeveloped resources provide the raw materials to meet the demands of our developing and maturing economy. Across its operation, Anglo endeavours to help build a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable South Africa. Congratulations to Anglo American South Africa Limited.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Basic Industries Award

Engen Petroleum Limited
Engen is an oil company focusing on the downstream refined petroleum products market and related businesses.With its history dating back to 1881, Engen has spent every decade since then enriching the lives of this continent’s people. They’ve done this by identifying opportunities, finding innovative solutions, and providing energy that fuels Africa’s growth. Today Engen has a presence in 18 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, while also exporting products to over 30 more countries.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in General Industries Award

Bidvest Group Limited
Bidvest, a services, trading, and distribution company, was founded in 1988 and employs 114 000 people. Bidvest subscribes to a philosophy of transparency, accountability, integrity, excellence and innovation and believes that, while companies report on wealth, people create it. In January, Bidvest’s Car Rental division launched SA’s first keyless car rental fleet, with the launch of its app, Snappdrive. A big hand to Bidvest.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Consumer Goods Award

Mercedes Benz
Mercedes-Benz South Africa strives to apply the global imperative for sustainability of its parent company, Daimler AG, into making a lasting impact on the transformation of this country. Our winner’s culture of integrity and history of good corporate citizenship strike a winning balance between economic and social issues. Mercedes also, many of you will agree, makes exceptionally beautiful cars. Congratulations to our automotive admiralty.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Health & Pharmaceuticals Award

Discovery Health Medical Scheme
Discovery Health Medical Scheme - which must have a good few members here tonight? -  is a national medical aid scheme whose ambitions are achieved through a pioneering business model that incentivises people to be healthier, while protecting their lives. It’s a non-profit organisation which pools and safeguards its members’ funds in order to provide healthcare funding to members who need it, when they need it. Founded only in 1992, Discovery is, today, acknowledged as a global thought leader in wellness behavioural change. Here’s to your health, Discovery.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Retail Award

Woolworths Holdings Limited
Woolworths Holdings Limited, known to 99,9% of us as “Woolies” is one of the largest retail chains in the country. By the end of 2016, Woolworths had 219 clothing stores in SA, while Woolworths Food had 322 stores and another 72 at Engen garages. The first Woolworths store opened in The Old Royal Hotel in Cape Town in 1931.   A hit with shoppers, the popular MySchool Woolworths campaign, which aimed to raise R100 million for education between April 2015 and December 2016, managed to raise R104.9 million.

Dinner served and entertainment during dinner

Mark Pilgrim is a South African media personality who has hosted numerous radio and television shows, most notably as a DJ on 5FM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm. He has also hosted Big Brother Africa 1 and Power of 10.
Chilli&Lime | Hailed as The "Jazz Maestros", Chilli & Lime is a vibrant young jazz band that has firmly established itself on the South African jazz scene. Since their inception in 2006, Chilli & Lime has performed alongside great South African artists, includi­ng Mango Groove and Judith Sephuma. The line-up includes Johannesburg’s finest talent performing traditional jazz, Latin, Funk and African favourites.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Hospitality Award

Flight Centre
Flight Centre is the country’s biggest travel retailer, offering great-value flights (both domestic and international), holiday packages, cruises, ski holidays, last minute hotel bookings and more. Flight Centre is based in Australia and the SA operation was incorporated in 1994. Flight Centre aims to be the world’s most exciting travel company, delivering an amazing experience to its people, customers and partners. Congratulations to this high flyer.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Media Award sponsored by Public Sector Manager

Naspers Limited
Founded in 2015, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities. Remarkably, Naspers accounts for roughly a fifth of the JSE Top 40 index. A platinum-class African giant.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Business Support Services Award

Adcorp Holdings Limited
Celebrating more than 40 years of business this year, Adcorp offers powerful workforce management and resourcing solutions, vendor management systems and more. With its best-of-breed business ​practices, Adcorp adds significant value to  clients through effective project management, professional services, training and development.  Adcorp operates on three continents and is active in 10 countries, with more than 100 000 employees, who all share in this award tonight. Congratulations, Adcorp!

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Financial Services Award

Standard Bank
Standard Bank Group, whose history stretches way back to the 1860s,  is today the largest African bank by assets, which tally R1.9 trillion (USD133 billion). It has a market capitalisation of R206 billion (USD14.1 billion), employs nearly 60 000 people and operates in 20 African countries. Standard Bank recently joined global blockchain consortium, R3, in order to explore blockchains benefits. You’ve upped industry standards, Standard Bank!

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Transport Award

Bidvest Panalpina Logistics
Bidvest Panalpina Logistics is a proudly Bidvest company in partnership with the Panalpina Group. It provides end-to-end supply chain solutions that include ​air, ocean, warehousing, road transport and customs broking in all major industries. This logistics leader designs, implements and synchronises cargo throughout the world. Congratulations, Bidvest, on your second Top 500 award.

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Information Technology Award

EOH Holdings Limited
Established in 1998,  EOH Holdings provides advanced  technology, skills and organisational ability, vital to the growth and development of Africa. Its  vision is “To be Africa’s best technology and knowledge services provider ” through working hard, partnership and investments. EOH attributes its impressive 45% compounded annual growth to a culture of not just meeting, but exceeding, customer expectations. Congratulations to Mr Asher Bohbot all all at EOH.

Top 500 Best Managed Company of the Year Award

Anglo American South Africa Limited

Anglo American is in robust form at the moment having, through astute asset management, generated a 41% rise in productivity and a 31% reduction in cost, while growing its production base by 8% and reducing debt by 38%. Impressive numbers; however, to define the spirit that underpins South Africa’s Best Managed Company, let’s let Chief Executive, Mr. Mark Cutifani – put in a word. He says:

“Today, businesses that operate sustainably are likely to prosper. For Anglo American, this means meeting our commitments to stakeholders and seeking to operate to the highest possible standards of safety, health, environmental and community development practices.”

Visit to see the many, many milestones of the last century for this giant of global mining – a forward-thinking and progressive company, and an altogether iconic brand.

Happy Birthday Anglo American, and congratulations on your award, and on your phenomenal achievements. You now lead the inner circle of the Top 500, together with our other esteemed 2017 winners, for the next year – reigning supreme at the helm of the economy – business royalty and an inspiration to the nation.

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