CoE Wins Top Empowerment Awards
This year’s Top Empowerment Awards saw two of the categories snatched by the City of Ekurhuleni, adding silverware in all already full cabinet stacked with top awards.
The City won the award for Public Service category while City Manager Dr Imogen Mashazi took the Public Sector Leader category.
Held on 23 July, Topco Media hosted Africa’s first Virtual Empowerment Awards – a celebration of the country’s leaders in transformation and empowerment.
This award goes to national, provincial and local government departments that clearly demonstrate the highest level of black economic empowerment, from staff to suppliers, through programmes and policies.
The individual award goes to people who have achieved outstanding results at the helm of these spheres of government. One of the key important factors is measurable and accountable leadership committed to developing previously disadvantaged individuals
Ekurhuleni has a number of programmes to empower small and up-and-coming businesses. These include implementation of strategic B-BBEE policies, annual revenue, implementation of effective internal B-BBEE measurement mechanics and other areas of business – all taken into consideration in the selection of the winners for each category.
This event, which is in its 19th year, honours and award companies and individuals for their contribution and commitment to empowerment in the country.
Chief Specialist (Media Relations) in the Office of the City Manager Zweli Dlamini said that scooping these awards means that the City is on the right track of bettering the lives of its people.
“It clearly demonstrates that our efforts aimed at empowering the previously disadvantaged in our society remain on track and are responding well to the needs of our people, which is the ultimate objective. It means under the leadership of the Executive Mayor and the City Manager, we have put in place and implemented progressive programmes to empower our people economically both in the workplace and the private sector,” Dlamini said.
He said Ekurhuleni remains committed and determined to ensure that it implements policies that put the interests of its people first.
“We remain determined to ensure that 30% of the investment continues to be contracted to small, medium and micro enterprises within the City,” he added.
Ekurhuleni is currently the number one metro in terms of service delivery in the region. It received back-to-back clean audits and has the best drinking water in the country. Ekurhuleni prides itself on an excellent credit record.