The Top500 research methodology has been designed in conjunction with the University of Cape Town’s Development Policy Research Unit. The top five companies from each of the 100 business sectors constitute the Top500 ranked/benchmarked companies in South Africa.

In order to do so, a measure of the qualities considered being characteristic of top companies must be designed in order to rank companies. To be classed as one of South Africa’s best, we expect companies to excel in three key spheres, namely financial performance, empowerment, and policy and accreditation. The challenge has been to profile leading businesses – in terms of global and South African best practice standards – that not only excel in their specific sectors, but which also have a strong set of social, empowerment and development policies in place.



Top500 offers multiple touch points through an integrated marketing solution that speaks to key decision-makers. As a business-to-business brand, we offer a full service solution aimed at those occupying the C-Suite – the captains of industry making decisions worth billions everyday. These are the people who follow the Top500 companies in South Africa.

Top500 is constantly looking to add new and innovative products to supplement its offering. The brand extends from one of the most recognisable business-to-business publications in South Africa to corporate events, online advertising and custom covers.

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