Last night, the 14th annual National Business
Awards gave business and government leaders
the red carpet treatment, when they gathered to
honour South Africa’s most innovative and
Presidents and Pioneers Honoured at the National Business Awards
At the successful 14th Annual National Business Awards,
hosted on 17 November, the Coega Development Corporation
was awarded the Top Performing Public Service Award,
sponsored by the National School of Government.
This national accolade was well-deserved - the
CDC has created more than 56 000 jobs in the bustling
Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) near Port Elizabeth.
China takes a shine to the jewel of the Eastern Cape
Welcome to the National Business Awards& Conference
The awards are presented in association with SA’s Top Performing Publication to honour South Africa’s industry leaders through the acknowledgement of innovative business processes, product development, enterprise, sustainability and overall business success.
The Awards also recognise the important social and environmental contributions made by organisations through the excellence of service, commitment to their customers, ethical behaviour and environmental sustainability.
By entering your organisation, you will have the opportunity to be acknowledged among South Africa’s most prestigious organisations and individuals. It’s an opportunity not to be missed.
Keynote speaker | Minister Jeff Radebe
Jeff Radebe is the longest-serving Minister in Cabinet, having served under all South Africa’s post-democracy presidents: Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and now Jacob Zuma. A former chairman of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, he has been responsible for Transport, Public Enterprises, Public Works and Justice and Constitutional Development.
But his latest role, as Minister in the Presidency responsible for monitoring, evaluation and planning, puts him at the centre of government’s deliverables. Key to the deliverables identified by government is the National Development Plan, which now falls within Radebe’s portfolio.
For Radebe, it is important that people understand that the NDP is not owned by government, but that it should be owned by all South Africans. “The NDP is not only a plan of the government but a plan for the people of South Africa. The President, in his wisdom, made sure that the National Planning Commission is not a government entity but was constituted essentially by people outside of government,” said Radebe at his office at Tuynhuis, next to Parliament.
Keynote speaker | Baleka Mbete
MP, and SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, Republic of South Africa
A member of the African National Congress (ANC) for more than four decades, Baleka Mbete has served in different capacities and sectors including leadership and mobilisation of women, cultural workers, constitution making and parliamentary democracy.
After returning from 15 years in exile, Mbete became the first Secretary General of the ANC Women’s League after the unbanning of the ANC. When the ANC Women’s League formed the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa in 2006, she was elected to be its National Convenor.
The negotiations for the Interim Constitution and the Constitutional Assembly turned out to be a multi-layered opportunity to hammer out appropriate provisions based on the Freedom Charter. Mbete, one of the ANC negotiators, was part of those that ensured that the new Constitution looks out for the poor as well as for gender sensitivity.
Appointed by the late President Nelson Mandela to the leadership of the new parliament back in 1996 as Deputy Speaker (deputising Speaker Ginwala), she has been part of establishing a new parliamentary sector and culture. She spearheaded the formulation of the FMPPLA, the Financial Management of Parliament and Provincial Legislatures Act, which guides the whole legislative sector.
Of all tasks given to her by the ANC over time, none was as much an honour as that of – in her capacity as National Chairperson – driving the ANC Centenary Celebrations in 2012. Centenary legacy work continues under the ANC’s National Archives Committee which is chaired by Mbete.
Mbete loves music and writes poetry when possible. She is a mother of 5 and enjoys 4 grandchildren.
At the successful 14th Annual National Business Awards, hosted on 17 November, the Coega Development Corporation was awarded the Top Performing Public Service Award, sponsored by the National School of Government. This national accolade was well-deserved – the...read more
Presidents and Pioneers Honoured at the National Business Awards Last night, the 14th annual National Business Awards gave business and government leaders the red carpet treatment, when they gathered to honour South Africa’s most innovative and fast-growing...read more
Since the National Business Awards was launched by Topco Media in 2002, it has brought together hundreds of innovative private- and public-sector organisations and individuals every year – the National Business Awards finalists. Also present have been top...read more