Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference 2024 announces key speakers leading transformation conversations

Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference 2024 announces key speakers leading transformation conversations
Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference 2024

Johannesburg, South Africa,  July 2024 – Topco Media, a leading B2B media, digital, and events company, unveils the latest highlights for the upcoming Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference, scheduled for the 17th and 18th of July 2024 in Johannesburg. As we commemorate 30 years of democracy in South Africa, this year’s conference, themed “Africa Rising: Navigating the Path of Inclusive Transformation,” promises to be a trendsetting event.


“As we enter a new era, the Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference immediately creates a platform for collaboration where top executives and leading entrepreneurs come together to establish key partnerships with the government to fuel economic growth, enhance trade relationships, and improve service delivery. With distinguished voices and award-winning experts engaging over 2 days, we believe it will act as a catalyst for change, propelling businesses towards sustainable growth, adaptable strategies, and a redefined version of success in an ever-evolving landscape,” says Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media. 


Critical discussions led by transformation practitioners

To highlight the importance of empowerment and sustainable transformation, the conference will feature top speakers, including:


Celebrating 25 years of progress in women’s empowerment, speakers Charmaine Houvet, Futhi Mtoba, and Phumzile Langeni will drive the panel discussion titled “25 Years of Women’s Empowerment: Advancing Women as Catalysts for Transformation and Equality.” This panel will address the pivotal role of women, especially black women, as key economic contributors in South African households. It will focus on effectively integrating women into the B-BBEE and transformation agenda by examining policy enhancements to better support their crucial roles in driving economic and social change. 


Recognising that the conference occurs during Mandela Month, the panel discussion titled “67 Minutes for Mankindreminds us that Mandela Day on the 18th of July stands as a powerful call to action, urging us to not only confront the lingering disparities and inequities as a result of our history as a country but also to share best practices and proven approaches that can drive sustainable transformation that benefits both communities and businesses alike.

“When we read we are able to travel to many places, meet many people and understand the world.” Nelson Mandela 

The event acknowledges the significance that Mandela Day is not a one-time charity event but a reminder that South Africans should move towards sustainable initiatives that uplift communities and promote economic inclusion. 


Conference attendees are invited to participate in an activation by bringing books that will be added to a bookshelf at the conference and donated to a relevant organisation. 

Tickets for the conference can be purchased via Quicket by visiting this link


Nedbank proudly joins our conference as the platinum sponsor, Merchants, Sanlam and Sanofi as the silver session sponsors, and Fasset Seta as a bronze sponsor. 

Showcase counters will feature a variety of businesses, including Hloba Clothing, BEE 123, Secondment, Orzoflash Pty Ltd, GRIPP Advisory, TicketKore, and Aurik Enterprise Development

Strategic partners include Primedia Outdoor, Good Governance Africa, BPESA, the Association of BBBEE Professionals, Mail & Guardian, Simodisa Startup, and Black Umbrellas

Our media partner includes Tractor Outdoor and our lifestyle partner, GQ Tissue Products (Pty) Ltd.


Ralf Fletcher concluded, “We are deeply grateful to our partners and sponsors for their unwavering support. Their involvement is crucial in making this conference a success and in driving the transformation agenda forward.”


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For event inquiries, please contact:

Lee-Ann Bruce

Associate Publisher

[email protected] 

066 002 3540



About the Conference:

The Nedbank Top Empowerment Conference 2024 is a two-day event dedicated to igniting transformative discussions and celebrating the strides made in empowering black businesses. As we commemorate 30 years of democracy, this conference serves as a pivotal platform for fostering inclusion, innovation, and progress within South Africa’s business landscape.


About Topco Media

Topco Media is a leading B2B media & events company committed to delivering high-impact conferences and content that address critical issues shaping the business landscape. With a focus on sustainability, innovation, and leadership, Topco Media brings together thought leaders and visionaries to inspire positive change.