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The 2014 Sunday Times Top 100 Companies winners

The annual Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards, in association with Johnnie Walker, has announced the winners of this year’s Business Leaders.

At the award ceremony on Tuesday Night in Sandton, an unprecedented award was given at the start of the evening’s proceedings with Trevor Manuel receiving a special commendation from the Sunday Times for his exceptional contribution to the development of South Africa.

From the 100 nominees, The Coronation Fund Managers won their second consecutive title as Top Company.

Dr Johan van Zyl, Group CEO of Sanlam Ltd, was named as Sunday Times Business Leader of the Year while Chairman of First Rand Group, Laurie Dippenaar received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
“It is a great honour to receive this award, particularly as it is the result of a voting process by peers. In business it is about people and the team, probably more so in insurance where you do not sell a physical product, but a promise. This promise is only as good as the people making it. This award is therefore to Sanlam, to the team. Thank you to those colleagues who give their best, and to family and friends for their support” says Dr Johan van Zyl.

The 2014 Sunday Times Corporate Social Investment Award went to Telkom Ltd for its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) incubation programme otherwise known as the “Bandwidth Barn”. The recipient is decided by the Who Owns Whom detailed BEE scorecard applied to all JSE-listed companies, and measures the impact and sustainability of a company’s CSI initiatives.

Telkom’s ICT incubation programme employs 90 people, and has developed 20 black female-owned ICT companies with a turnover exceeding R30 million rand. Telkom also sponsored 24 months of internet service to six national ABSA Enterprise Development Centres, to create more opportunities for supplier development initiatives.

Rob Rose, editor of the Sunday Times Business Times said: “this award reflects the fact that more companies are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to CSI, improving their reputation not only among investors, but also among a wider group of stakeholders.”

Each year, South African companies are recognised for the resilience and innovation that has seen them retain a top twenty position within the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies rankings for three consecutive years. They become members of an exclusive group known as the Sunday Times Royal Companies. This year, Anglovaal Industries, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Coronation Fund Managers, EOH Holdings, Famous Brands, Howden Africa Holdings, Mr Price Group and Woolworths Holdings received the Royal Company recognition.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies results was published as a supplement in the Sunday Times on 2 November 2014, click here to view.

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