Companies do not enter the Top 500 Awards – they qualify.

  • As with the publication they are borne out of, The Top 500 Awards designates qualifiers through a process of research and accreditation.
  • Every year, our full-time team of researchers measures around 10 000 companies against strict performance criteria, drawn up in conjunction with the Development Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town.
  • The results lead to Top 500 – South Africa’s Best Managed Companies; our respected annual publication showcasing SA’s top five companies across 100 sectors.
  • These 500 companies don’t have to do anything to qualify, except exhibit integrated performance notable enough to satisfy our research criteria.

So where do the Awards come in?

To take the best of the publication’s companies from the page to the stage, our research team takes the number one companies in each of the publication’s 100 sectors, measures them against a second round of even tougher points-based criteria, and settles on 60+ Finalists – who are then personally contacted, congratulated and invited to contest the awards at the annual Top 500 Awards ceremony.

Any South African company has a chance of going from being one of 10 000 companies researched for the publication, to becoming one of our esteemed Awards Finalists – if you’re a champion in your sector.

Watch your mailbox. Watch your phone. We will be in touch if you are a Top 500 Finalist!



Colin Coleman

Colin Coleman

Head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa


2018 Awards Categories

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Resources

Coal, gold, platinum, metals & minerals, diamond mining, diversified mining and gas

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Basic Industries

Specialty chemicals, paint manufacturers, builders merchants, building & construction materials, construction groups, cement, forestry, steel and retail & commercial fuels

Top 500 Best Managed Company in General Industries

Aerospace & defence, diversified industrials, electrical equipment, electronic products, industrial products & equipment, heavy machinery, engineering groups, mining services, consulting engineers – mining & infrastructure

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Consumer Goods

Automobiles, automotive components, commercial vehicles, household appliances, beverages – breweries and soft drinks, distillers and vintners, agriculture, fishing, dairy, food processing, packaging, consumer electronics, personal products, beauty products

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Health & Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals, medical aid administrators, medical aid schemes, hospital management, long-term care

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Retail

Food retailers, sport apparel and goods, soft goods, furniture retailers, diversified retailers, direct response marketing, shopping malls

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Hospitality

Hotels & hotel chains, gaming & leisure resorts, exhibition & conference facilities, travel & tourism, restaurants & pubs holding companies

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Media

Media groups, Digital media and marketing houses, broadcasting contractors, advertising agencies, outdoor advertising, branding & design

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Business Support Services

Legal services, auction houses, recruitment groups, food services, facilities management, fleet management & vehicle tracking, business process outsourcing, BEE accreditation agencies, corporate security, private security, research companies, waste management, service delivery (SOC), hygiene services

Top 500 Best Managed Company in Financials

Banks, short-term insurance, specialised finance, life insurance, real estate holdings & development, investment holdings companies, asset management, investment services, accounting & consulting

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Top 500 Best Managed Company in Transport

Airlines, car hire, freight forwarding, courier services, road freight, shipping

Top 500 Best Managed Company in I.T.

Computer hardware, telecommunications solutions & equipment, office automation, I.T. component distributors, I.T. groups, internet service providers, wireless or fixed telecoms, business software solutions, business cloud solutions, artificial intelligence, fibre networks, fibre (ISP)

Top 500 Workplace Wellness Award

A unique new award category whose Finalists are selected through an entry & external adjudication process. Entering companies must be Top 500-listed, meet criteria reflecting delivery of comprehensive workplace health & wellbeing initiatives and submit a detailed motivation.


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Top 500 Best Managed Company in South Africa

Bestowed upon one organisation from any of the above sectors, following a journey of research that drills down through 10 000 companies; then (The Top) 500, then 60-70 awards finalists. The ultimate accolade in South African business.


2018 Judges




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The Top 500 honours South Africa’s business elite


2017 Awards Event Timeline


Malusi Gigaba

Malusi Gigaba

Minister of Home Affairs

Mr. Gigaba is the current Minister of Home Affairs in the  Republic  of  South  Africa; appointed in May  2014.  He  is  a  member  of  the  African  National Congress (ANC) and serves on its National Executive Committee  (NEC)  and  National  Working  Committee (NWC),  and  is  the  organisation’s  National  Elections Co-ordinator.  He is a  teacher  by  profession  and  an  academic,  whose  commitment  to  using education  as  tool  for  social  upliftment  finds  its  expression  in  his  work  as  the  Patron  of  the Nompumelelo  Institute  for  Leadership; aimed at  recognizing,  encouraging  academic  excellence  and leadership amongst the youth by empowering them with leadership and life skills.


Asher Bohbot

Asher Bohbot

CEO of EOH Holdings

Mr. Bohbot serves as the Group Chief Executive Officer  of  EOH  Holdings  Limited.  Mr.  Bohbot joined  Laminate  Industries  (later  to  be  part  of the  PG  Group)  as  an  industrial  engineering manager   in   1981. He   served   as   Logistics Director  of  Laminate  Industries  from  1990.  He was  subsequently  promoted  to the  position  of General Manager of Laminate Industries. He was the Executive Director of Distribution on the main board of PG Bison. He took responsibility for Logistics and IT at the company in 1995.

Throughout his career, he was exposed to general business leadership, business systems and supply chain logistics, leading four major system implementations. He moved to South Africa in  1980  where  he  joined  AECI as  a  senior  engineer.  Mr.  Bohbot has  been  an  Executive Director  of  EOH  Holdings since August  6,  1998.   


Mark Pilgrim

Mark Pilgrim

Radio & TV Personality

With   his   distinctive   bald   head,  warm   personality   and   easy   going demeanor, radio and  TV personality Mark Pilgrim is a household name in South Africa. This multi-award winning presenter has spent over 20 years entertaining millions of  listeners  and  viewers.  Mark is  also  one  of  South Africa’s most experienced Master of Ceremonies and has hosted hundreds of corporate events over  the  past  two  decades.  He is also a well-known motivational speaker  as well as an ambassador for CANSA and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA.

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What are the Top 500 Awards?

Every year, Top 500 – South Africa’s Best Managed Companies profiles the top five companies in 100 business sectors. Together making up the economy’s lauded “Top 500”, these heavyweight companies have an annual combined turnover of over R3,5 trillion and comprise the vanguard of corporate South Africa.

Now, for the first time,qualifying leading companies in Top 500’s 100 business sectors will step out of its pages and vie for grand honours at the inaugural Top 500 Awards, to be held in Johannesburg on 7 March 2017. In the build-up to the final, flagship award on the night, the question on everyone’s lips will be …

Who will be crowned South Africa’s Best Managed Company?

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