Datacentrix was acknowledged at the recent 17th Annual Oliver Top Empowerment Awards held in Johannesburg on 12 April, receiving a highly commended certificate of excellence within the Top Empowered ICT Award category.
The overall winner of the ICT section award was a Datacentrix customer – Multichoice.
Datacentrix qualified as an award finalist for two additional categories, namely the Top Empowered Company: Skills Development Award and the Top Empowered Company: Business of the Year Award.
The Oliver Top Empowerment Awards is Africa’s most established platform for recognising leaders in broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE). It is endorsed at the highest levels of corporate and governmental South Africa, and has created a legacy of inspiration for the nation by showcasing outstanding leaders – organisations and individuals – who exemplify vision, innovation, leadership, and, most of all, action in the name of transformation.
The title of Top Empowered ICT company is awarded to an organisation that has used technology-based innovation to improve productivity, price, quality, effectiveness and efficiencies, ultimately enhancing the competitiveness of the South African economy. ‘Innovation’ may refer to either an internal system deployed, or a solution provided by the company that helps to advance the industry at large.
Says Ahmed Mahomed, Datacentrix CEO: “Datacentrix has been committed to socio-economic transformation for over two decades, when corporate empowerment requirements were in their infancy, reaching a Level One B-BBEE status last year at 52.13 percent black-owned with 135 percent procurement recognition.
“As a South African company, Datacentrix is a strong supporter of its surrounding communities, with an emphasis on developing skills and helping to transform people’s lives. As part of our commitment to ongoing transformation, we will continue to foster an environment that will deliver substantially on empowerment objectives including skills, socio-economic and enterprise development.
“This recognition of excellence from the Oliver Top Empowerment Awards panel of esteemed judges is high praise indeed for us, and we feel that this achievement places Datacentrix at the forefront of national empowerment,” Mahomed adds. “Congratulations to Multichoice on its triumph; there is no doubt that the organisation is a most deserving winner.”
1. Moses Segaetsho – CIO at Auditor General SA
2. Ahmed Mahomed – Datacentrix CEO
3. Kenny Nkosi – Divisional MD Public Sector at Datacentrix
4. Dr. Stanley Mpofu – WITS CIO
5. Tumi Pooe – Datacentrix Public Sector Business Unit Manager
6. Mrs. Ntombi Mpofu – wife of WITS CIO (holding award)