Esteemed leaders from some of South Africa's biggest compnies, along with prominent government figures, turned up in their most elegant evening gowns and distinguished suits for the 16th Oliver Top Empowerment Awards; hosted at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg recently.

CONNIE MDLADLA

Founder & Managing Director of Khaas Logistics was named the

TOP EMPOWERED ENTREPRENEUR OF 2017

Trish Mushininga

Khaas Logistics Head of Finance accepted the award on Connie's behalf.

The Oliver Top Empowerment Awards recognises companies and individuals for their contribution and commitment to empowerment in South Africa, acknowledging the efforts of businesses, civil society, the public sector and truly outstanding individuals. Implementation of strategic B-BBEE policies, annual revenue, implementation of effective internal B-BBEE measurement mechanics and other areas of business are all taken into consideration in the selection of the winners of the respective categories. In its 16th year, the event celebrated the achievements and progress of business in South Africa.

Dr. Mathews Phosa's heartfelt speech on former President Nelson Mandela's vision of nation-building will be long-remembered by all present. "If there are dreams about a beautiful South Africa, there are also roads that leads to their goal. Two of these roads could be named 'Goodness and Forgiveness'. I want to say to you, the young people here, the next generation, our future: be proud of who you are; take a leaf from Madiba's book and be fulfilled with who you are," Phosa said.