Reaffirming its standing as a foremost provider of fleet management solutions in southern Africa, FleetAfrica just walked away with the laurels as Best Established Black Business at the 10th annual Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Magazine Awards, held at the end of October in Kempton Park. The gala event was attended by 800 guests and the keynote speaker was the Minister of Public Enterprises, the Honourable Malusi Gigaba.
The BBQ Annual Awards were launched in 2002 to promote sustainable black business, and honour people and organisations at the forefront of developing black enterprise. Open to individuals and black-owned and empowered companies and organisations in South Africa, the awards cover ten categories, including New and Innovative Business, Young Business Achiever and Corporate Social Investment, as well as a Platinum Award. Participating companies and nominees utilise the awards to demonstrate their initiatives to promote and encourage transformation in South Africa, and their contribution to the country’s economic activities.
To qualify for a nomination in the Best Established Black Business category, entrants have to have an annual turnover of more than R35 million, be more than 50% black-owned, have been operational for at least three years, be profitable, have an established client and service base and contribute towards overall transformation. Other criteria include contribution to the skills development of its employees, active involvement of black participants in decision-making, contribution towards enterprise development, involvement in socio-economic initiatives, empowering business practices and good corporate governance and leadership.
FleetAfrica is a strong proponent of business not existing in isolation in the broader socio-political environment. The company aims to not only develop its employee base professionally, but also personally. Thus, FleetAfrica places a high premium on personal development alongside professional goals.
“Many companies invest heavily in systems and infrastructure, but forget that its success is driven by its staff. At FleetAfrica, we regard our staff as our biggest asset, and we are proud of being a learning organisation. We push the development of our hand-picked staff members and encourage and foster a culture of learning.” says Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO, FleetAfrica.
Aimed specifically at developing the skills base of blacks, women and persons with disabilities through a structured management trainee and mentorship programme, Fleet Africa dedicates at least 65% of its skills training resources to black employees and the company has become a leader in opening up management levels to blacks and women.
“Over the past decade, we have progressed from having not one black individual representative on our top management team, to a current Board of Directors boasting 85% black representation. In addition, we have impressive middle and junior management black participation levels that exceed 88%,” says Mmutlana.
A major achievement for FleetAfrica was the Level 1 BEE rating it acquired this year, independently from its parent company for the first time. Encompassing all aspects of B-BBEE, Employment Equity, Training and Development, Preferential Procurement, Enterprise Development and Socio-Economic Development, the company drives a comprehensive Transformation Plan that is managed in-house and monitors the effectiveness of interventions and achieving its BEE targets.
The BBQ Award follows hot on the heels of the Silver Arrow the company just picked up at the 2011 PMR.africa Johannesburg Leaders and Achievers Awards and adds to a growing list of peer-reviewed honours. These include Most Empowered Company in the Logistics category in the 2011 Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards and Best Fleet Management Company in the Top 500 South Africa’s Best Managed Companies competition in 2010. In addition, the company’s CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, was named the Top Black Businessman in the 2011 Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards.
For more information, please visit www.fleetafrica.co.za
Caption: pr fla 3221.jpeg: Celebrating FleetAfrica’s win as Best Established Black Business at the 10th annual Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Magazine Awards were, from left, David Mwanambuyu, BBQ Magazine Editor Cape Media Corporation, Kamogelo Mmutlana, CEO FleetAfrica and Roger Latchman, Managing Director PKF Solutions.
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