In honour of successful black business owners and top achievers across various industries, the 15th edition of the Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards will be hosted on Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 16:00 until late at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. As the crown jewel of the South African events calendar, the 2016 BBQ Awards is one of the country’s most prestigious and longest-running business award ceremonies that recognise and celebrate the champions of business transformation.

“South Africa desperately needs to address important issues such as education and unemployment, as the associated social-economic problems directly affect our dream for a prosperous rainbow nation. Promoting and empowering leaders of transformation in business is a key priority as it offers solutions to these social-economic difficulties. Events like the BBQ Awards provide a platform to celebrate and honour such individuals and organisations,” says Phumza Mbodlana, Event Organiser of the BBQ Awards 2016.

The aim of the BBQ Awards is to encourage and promote sustainable black business and transformation in South Africa. “Organisations and individuals are recognised for their good corporate governance, leadership and esteemed business achievements at the annual awards ceremony,” adds Mbodlana.

It promises to be an evening of excitement with South African stand-up comedian, actor, director and all-round entertainer Kagiso Lediga taking up the role of programme director. Jeff Radebe (Minister in the Presidency of Planning, Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration) and Susan Shabangu, (Minister in the Presidency for Women), will be joined by champions of South Africa’s business elite, along with numerous foreign dignitaries and senior government officials, in celebrating remarkable business achievements.

“The Awards will consist of 13 categories open to individuals, black-owned and empowered companies and organisations in South Africa that include Best Established Black Business, Outstanding Woman in Business, Young Business Achiever, as well as Transformation Champion and Community Builder of the Year,” explains Mbodlana.

Guests will be treated to world-class entertainers such as Loyiso Bala and Black Ivory, and will also be spoiled with a four-course meal fit for royalty. This year’s BBQ Awards will also be broadcast live online. “The live stream initiative will ensure that members of the public can follow all the festivities at the ceremony as they unfold,” says Mbodlana.

“We are extremely excited for this year’s event! The 15th anniversary of this esteemed awards ceremony will celebrate some of South Africa’s premier business transformation and empowerment achievements,” concludes Mbodlana.

For more information on the 2016 BBQ Awards contact Phumza Mbodlana on (021) 681 7000 or