One of the world’s most highly regarded thought leaders on entrepreneurship, digitalisation and innovation, and author of five best-selling business books, Peter Hinssen, has been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards.   The Awards are once again sponsored by long-term partner BCX and will be streamed online on 11 November 2021.

The Sunday Times Top 100 Companies remains 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.

In recent years, keynote speakers have included the likes of Kasinomics author GG Alcock, Waze founder Uri Levine, and Governor of the Reserve Bank Lesetja Kganyago, amongst others.

Hinssen, the author of hugely popular business tomes The Phoenic and the Unicorn (2020), The Day After Tomorrow (2017), The Network Always Wins (2014), The New Normal (2010), and Business/IT Fusion (2008),  will focus his keynote on Seizing Business Growth in the “Never Normal” Era. Hinssen is also an Executive Lecturer at the London Business School (UK), the MIT Sloan School of Management (US), and is a member of the Advisory Board at Ergon Capital.

“Having Peter Hinnsen as the keynote speaker seems fitting at a time where the world is coming to terms with the new ways of working, communicating and innovating with technologies to keep people connected and businesses operating,” says Jonas Bogoshi, CEO of BCX. “Over the past 18 months we have seen how South African businesses have been challenged when facing seemingly insurmountable odds in an economy that requires investment.  The  Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards provides the much needed encouragement and acknowledgement for business leaders who have creatively kept the wheels of industry turning.”

Sunday Times editor S’thembiso Msomi agrees with the value of highlighting the achievements of those in the private sector at a time when the country has not only been hit by the scourge of Covid-19, but where state corruption continues to be exposed. “Managing a positive outlook and presenting South Africa as ripe ground for investment is not an easy feat at the moment, yet our business leaders are managing to find a silver lining for shareholders nonetheless. It’s these successes that will ultimately fuel job creation and economic prosperity in this country – if policies are put into place to support them.”

Last year, DRDGOLD Ltd was announced as the Sunday Times Top 100 Company of the Year, with Nedbank CEO, Michael Brown,  being celebrated as Business Leader of the Year. Brown joined an elite list of former recipients that includes Lesetja Kganyago, Pravin Gordhan, Johan van Zyl, Michael Jordaan and Phuthuma Nhleko, and Gerrie Fourie amongst others. 2020 also saw Jacko Maree, deputy chairman of Standard Bank, celebrated with the Lifetime Achiever Award.

All the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies winners – including the winners of the 3rd  BCX Digital Innovation Awards – will be announced online on 11 November 2021. Guests can register by visiting