2019 Winners


Distell’s longterm programme and results, and applauded their approach to collaboration with large, often competing corporate entities and the value placed on partnerships. They currently collaborate with Coca-Cola to increase the footprint of orchards supplying both Coca-Cola and Distell amongst others.

Since Distell’s involvement in the 2018 Absa Business Day Supplier Development Awards, they have redefined the metrics to assess scale and pace (speed from ideation to inception to on-boarding).

The judges felt that Distell’s ESD drive speaks to their bold vision of creating value to enrich the lives of our people, shareholders, and the communities that they work and live in. It shows their genuine commitment to Enterprise and Supplier Development. Distell appear fully committed to building and diversifying their supplier base, with efforts that extend well beyond the scorecard. Distell are actively pursuing higher levels of innovation, efficiency opportunities and value partnerships, and are well justified the title of Overall Winner.




Exxaro have made strides in a relatively short space of time having moved their Supplier Development score from 1.6 to 7.9 out of a possible 10 points. Their overall Enterprise and Supplier Development Score went from 3 to 12.64 out of a possible 15. It’s noteworthy that they intend to provide both financial and non-financial support to beneficiaries and the organisation is now able to provide grants and loans to qualifying QSEs and EMEs. Exxaro is busy setting up an equity funding vehicle to take minority shareholding in companies that are in line with Exxaro’s strategy, as well as a contractor development programme.

Exxaro is well placed to use its influence and footprint to build a socially inclusive business that both invests in local communities, and leverages its own assets and resources, to create new opportunities for the economically excluded. It’s because of this inspired, well-developed thinking that the judges felt confident that in years to come this programme will thrive, and deliver!




SAB displayed a selfless effort to grow the ecosystem of independent small suppliers beyond their own supply chain while equipping these suppliers for diversification, growth, and sustainability. Their Market Access Platform (MAP) initiative, piloted in 2018, is a ‘game changing’ initiative that encourages corporate South Africa to collaborate in the drive to implement ESD. As a digital platform, it provides market opportunities to high performing black owned suppliers while increasing their business. Buyers are able to refer, rate and contact suppliers through a vetted database of transformed, quality suppliers across various industries.

In the spirit of collaboration and in building a more resilient economy, the platform will be available to all interested companies who would like to join and refer their high-performing, transformed suppliers to be visible to a wider community of buyers. Partners in the MAP Steering Committee: Total, KFC, General Electric, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa and Macsteel.


Accenture’s ESD programme aims to create a more inclusive and empowered marketplace. It supports selected SME participants (particularly woman, youth, and those with scarce skills not readily available in the country) over a two-year period to grow their businesses. Adopting a blended approach that is specifically packaged for the individual SME, they support beneficiaries in building high-performing businesses through executive training, mentorship, business development support, and operational tools specific to the individual business.

Accenture has a SME Digital Ecosystem Platform that digitises the whole ESD process and focuses on imparting key business skills. Their slogan says it all, “Enterprise and Supplier Development – Greater than a Check Box”.



Property Point impressed with their bespoke market-driven approach, the rigour of the programme and the manner with which they approach their performance monitoring and tracking. .

They confidently presented their longterm impact, evidence and results which showed their expenditure to date of over R1 billion on small suppliers representing 26.3% of their overall procurement spend. The Property Point program has managed to support 167 businesses with a success rate of 87% who have accessed R 1,3 billion worth of formal contracts while helping the businesses create 2465 full-time jobs.



Macsteel were the first business in the steel industry to enter a private-public partnership with the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) and have invested R27.2m over three and a half years to the development of their ESD initiative, the Usizo Supplier Credit Programme. The objective of Usizo is to bring previously excluded SMEs into the finance value chain increasing the participation of black-owned SMEs in the steel sector. This ultimately strengthens the capacity of SMEs within the steel manufacturing sector and enables them to deliver high-quality fabricated products at competitive prices while offering small-business customers a sustainable solution to overcome their operational limitations. Macsteel currently supports 62 companies with an average size/turnover of R4,3 million. The impact of the programme to date has enabled a contribution in excess of R89.6m to the South African economy and has resulted in 765 jobs – 585 of these jobs are maintained and 180 new jobs have been created.