Bonang Matheba's acceptance speech for her Oliver Empowerment Top Media  Personality of the Year Award at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Bonang Matheba's acceptance speech for her Oliver Empowerment Top Media Personality of the Year Award at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Liesel Laurie and Bonang Matheba at the Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Liesel Laurie and Bonang Matheba at the Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Wiinner of the Top Empowered Media Personality of the Year Award Bonang Matheba at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Wiinner of the Top Empowered Media Personality of the Year Award Bonang Matheba at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Minister of Science & Technology Naledi Pandor at Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Minister of Science & Technology Naledi Pandor at Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Winner of Top Empowered Public Service Award City of Tshwane representative Kgosientso Ramokgopa at Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors  Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL
Winner of Top Empowered Public Service Award City of Tshwane representative Kgosientso Ramokgopa at Oliver Empowerment Awards held at Emperors Palace on April 14. Picture: Matthews Baloyi, INL

By: Kedibone Modise and Tsholofelo Gaanakgomo

Johannesburg - It was an evening of celebration and recognition at the 15th annual Oliver Empowerment Awards.

The ceremony was in honour of the country's individual contributors to transformation and innovation who excelled in the world of business and media. The event took place at Emperors' Palace, with Good Hope FM's Loyiso Mdebuka aka DJ LOYD as the master of ceremonies.

The coveted category was the Top Media Personality of the Year Award which had 12 nominees from the media industry.

The nominees included Basetsana Kumalo, Ashraf Garda, Katlego Maboe, Khanyi Mbau, Minenhle “Minnie” Dlamini, Bongani Bingwa, Chad Saaiman, Devi Sankaree, Poppy Ntshongwana, Jonathan Boynton-Lee and Karabo Ntshweng.

The award was scooped by media personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba.

The Revlon ambassador was dazzling in a gold and black custom-made gown by Taibobacar as she walked to the stage to receive the prestigious award.

“I want to say thank you to the Oliver Awards for recognising me and my hard work, my incredible team that is behind brand Bonang, DNA brand architects, hey now! Everyone who voted for me, my fans - I want to say thank you to them, and of course all the wonderful platforms that I work on...and all my incredible sponsors, thank you,” said Matheba.

Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor graced us with her presence, being the keynote speaker for the evening

She touched on very pertinent issues, including investment in research development from both the private and public sector.

“We can devise our own solutions for our own country”, she said.

TV and radio personality award, Minnie Dlamini and Former Miss SA, Liesel Laurie as they arrive at the Oliver Empowerment Awards.

 Singer and songwriter, Chad Saaiman is congragulating Bonang Matheba.