Johannesburg, 08 September 2020: This year, to support the social-distancing initiatives of Government – and as a sign of respect to the country’s doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers – the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards gala dinner, futured by BCX, will be replaced by a winners announcement that will stream online on 12 November 2020.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies, futured by BCX, is one of the most prestigious and highly-anticipated events on the South African business calendar, where industry leaders celebrate the JSE-listed companies that have delivered the highest returns for their shareholders – based on an initial investment of R10,000 over the previous 5 year period.

“The year 2020 will be remembered in history as the most transformative year of the 21st century. Covid-19 pandemic has jolted our societies and our economies.  We have embraced digital technologies, new way of living and, are processing and planning for new ways of doing business.  Businesses are navigating the financial and operational challenges of coronavirus while rapidly addressing the needs of their people, customers and suppliers whilst considering the contributing they can make in the rescue of the South African economy. The commitment of business leaders should not go unnoticed. For this reason we’re proud to partner with the Sunday Timesto take the Awards online in 2020,” says Jonas Bogoshi, CEO of BCX.

Sunday Times editor, S’thembiso Msomi, similarly believes that at a time where the South African economy is in urgent need of buoyancy and support, the role of the private sector becomes crucial in numerous ways. “The country has taken a big hit during the Covid-19 lockdown, and companies have been working hard to mitigate the effects not only for their shareholders, but most importantly their employees. They are doing their best to keep the wheels turning, and people in jobs.”

Last year, Capitec Bank  Holdings Ltd was announced as the Sunday Times Top 100 Company of the Year, with Capitec CEO, Gerrie Fourie being celebrated asBusiness Leader of the Year. Fourie joined an elite list of former recipients that includes Lesetja Kganyago, Pravin Gordhan, Johan van Zyl, Michael Jordaan and Phuthuma Nhleko, amongst others.

In 2019, the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies incorporated the BCX Digital Innovation Awards which ‘honour South African organisations that have taken up the flag to transform their businesses through technological advancements and digital transformation.’  The winner in the SME category was iiDENTIFii, while Old Mutual Ltdwas announced as the overall winner in the Corporate category. For more information, click here

All of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies winners – including the winners of the 2nd BCX Digital Innovation Awards – will be announced online on 12 November 2020. More details about following online will be made available nearer to the event date.


About Arena Holdings

Arena Holdings is the largest national English publishing group, and the second largest digital publisher in South Africa. We own the largest music and independent film catalogue in Africa, as well as leading TV channels, TV production, and radio stations. The business has strong exposure to the rapidly growing digital, broadcast and mobile markets, with a broad reach.  Arena Holdings is the proud custodian of iconic brands that include the Sunday Times, Sowetan, Business Day, Financial Mail, The Herald, and Daily Dispatch – with footprints across print, digital, social media, and leading industry event platforms.  The company’s business model is underpinned by a unique network of assets, including dedication to excellence and a strong commitment to providing quality content and services to our varied audiences and customers. Arena Holdings is a division of Lebashe Investment  |

About BCX

BCX is changing the way business is done in South Africa. It delivers customer-driven solutions built through disruptive innovation. As a member of the Telkom Group, BCX currently provides technology and infrastructure solutions for most of JSE-listed companies, helping to move the economy forward. To find out more about BCX, visit

Issued by:                Samantha Pugh, Pugh Public Relations & Corporate Communications

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On behalf of:           Taryn Westoby, Head of Arena Events

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