Shining a spotlight on economic empowerment and transformation, winners in the 17th Annual TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards were announced on Thursday 12 April 2018, at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.
The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) was named the Top Empowered Education and Training category. The Institute has touched the lives of more than 30 000 people since its inception, through skills training programmes, high school matric interventions in maths and science, tertiary education bursaries for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and upgrading the skills of government officials and unemployed youth.
As an influential empowerment awards ceremony recognizing leadership and advancing innovation in empowerment, TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards crowned this year’s champions for their contribution in driving the empowerment agenda and their leading role in boosting South Africa’s growth and equity in the economy.
At the award occasion, Rylan Fisher, TOP EMPOWERMENT Editorial Director said: “Our 13 awards categories cover the breadth of sectors in the empowerment space and we were excited by the large amount of interest with over 150 nominations of companies from across South Africa. We have seen outstanding competition this year and all of our finalists have shown that they are among the best in advancing transformation in South Africa. “We are proud to honour the 2018 TOP EMPOWERMENT winners for their superior contributions as South Africa’s best-in-class companies and individuals who lead the nation in enhancing the possibilities of equal economic participation, and who deliver exceptional results in the face of challenges.”
The MKI Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who accepted the award on behalf of MKI said; “We believe that economic transformation shall be achieved through education and skilling of our communities, by teaching community members independence and self-reliance. It is an honour for the Moses Kotane Institute to be recognised in this manner, we are encouraged to do more, and this award is going to add that credibility and confidence when we go out there to source for funding for various projects.”
TOP EMPOWERMENT Awards are considered the ultimate accolade by the winning companies for their transformation activity and winners claim their space among the highest ranked empowerment companies in the marketplace.
TOP EMPOWERMENT supports, facilitates and leverages South Africa’s public and private sectors’ capacity to unlock the potential that exists within black-owned and managed businesses that operate within the South African economy. Through deliberate, targeted and well-defined interventions, public discussions and business networking sessions, TOP EMPOWERMENT challenges public and private sectors to continually benchmark and improve their performance to boost growth and equity in the economy.