AWARDS SELECTION PROCESS
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!
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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.
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
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?