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This year’s TT100 winners represent outstanding examples of technologically excellent companies

For release on: 30 November 2015
 To all media
This year’s TT100 winners represent outstanding examples of technologically excellent companies.
On November 26 the final winners of the 2015 TT100 program were announced. The selection of companies that received recognition in each of the categories left the adjudicators in awe of their passion, commitment and belief in people.
The TT100 Awards Program was launched in 1991 with the consent of the ANC Government-in-waiting in an effort to draw attention to the importance of developing a local culture of technological innovation and excellence. This program has evolved into one of the foremost business awards programs in South Africa, with an excellent image and impeccable credibility. It is now the showcase of technological excellence in South Africa. Founded by Prof Roy Marcus, the TT100 Awards programme has been recognising technological and innovation excellence in South African and global companies for more than 23 years.
The companies are evaluated using the TIPS™ model. This model assesses each company on how they have managed technology (T), innovation (I), and people (P), in the context of managing an organisation as a system. They undergo a challenging adjudication which causes each facet of the business to be carefully examined and scrutinised.
Entrants of the TT100 Awards Programme include a wide spectrum of operations across diversified industries. They exemplify those who through passion, perseverance and a highly developed sense of innovation, have defied all odds, and have become recognised as significant players in the local and global economy. These organisations are recognised as sustainable, high-performance operations.

Winners in the various categories are as follows


In the category of Management of Technology:
Emerging enterprise
WINNER:  Eurocom
Finalists:  ADDaBIT and Indox
Small enterprise
WINNER: Smoke Customer Care Solutions
Finalists: X/Procure and Technetium
Medium enterprise
WINNER: Intense Technologies
Finalists:  Itemate Solutions and Dovetail Business Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER:  ELB Engineering Services
Finalists:  Allied Electronic Corporation Limited and De Beers Technologies
South Africa

In the category of the Management of Innovation
Emerging enterprise
WINNER: ADDaBIT
Finalists:  Eurocom and Tuluntulu
Small enterprise
WINNER:  X/Procure
Finalists: Innovation Agency, Verirad and Nelito Systems
Medium enterprise
WINNER: Global Track
Finalists: Itemate Solutions and Dovetail Business Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER: Allied Electronic Corporation
Finalists:  ELB Engineering Services and De Beers Technologies South Africa
In the category of the Management of People
Emerging enterprise
WINNER: Eurocom
Finalists: ADDaBIT and Indox
Small enterprise
WINNER:  X/Procure
Finalists: Metro minds and Nelito Systems
Medium enterprise
WINNER: Global Track
Finalists: Intense Technologies and Itemate Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER:  ELB Engineering Services
Finalists: Allied Electronics Corporation and De Beers Technologies South
Africa
In the category Management of Systems
Emerging enterprise
WINNER:  Eurocom
Small enterprise
WINNER: Smoke Customer Care Solutions
Finalists:  Ibert and X/Procure
Medium enterprise
No winner
Finalists: Dovetail Business Solutions, Global Track and Itemate Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER:  Allied Electronic Corporation
Finalists:  ELB Engineering Services and De Beers Technologies South Africa

Ministers Award for Sustainable performance
 Emerging enterprise
WINNER: Campus Labs
 Small enterprise
WINNERFraxion, Innovation Agency, LucidView, Smoke Customer Care Solutions
Technetium, VeriRad, X/procure Software
Medium Enterprise
WINNER: Global track, ID Control Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER: African Oxygen, Allied Electronics Corporation, Altech Multimedia,
 De Beers Technologies SA, QK Meats

Director General’s Award for Overall Excellence
 Emerging enterprise
WINNER: Eurocom
Small enterprise
WINNER: X/Procure Software SA

Ministers Award for Overall Excellence
 Medium enterprise
WINNERItemate Solutions
Large enterprise
WINNER: ELB Engineering Services

In closing, as the Chairperson of the adjudicator’s panel said: “These are the true role models, who have the courage of their convictions and have subjected themselves to what is considered to be one of the most exacting adjudication processes.
We wish to congratulate all the qualifiers and award winners and thank all our adjudicators and sponsors. Without their support we would never be able to tell the story of real innovation in action. “

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Contact
Bronwen Kramer
Communications Manager: TT100
Bronwen@davinci.ac.za / 071 461 7110
Storm Thomas
Communications Manager: The Da Vinci Institute
Storm@davinci.ac.za / 011 608 1331

Press Release: Key Speech by Hon. Naledi Pandor at the TT100 Awards Evening at the end of November

Press Release: Key Speech by Hon. Naledi Pandor at the TT100 Awards Evening at the end of November 
The Da Vinci TT100 Awards Programme will be taking place at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria on November 26, with a keynote speech by the Minister of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Hon. Naledi Pandor. Launched in 1991 by founder Prof Roy Marcus, the TT100 Awards programme has been recognising technological and innovation excellence in South African and global companies for more than 23 years.
TT100 has enjoyed strong government endorsement since 1994, with the Department of Science and Technology emerging as the main sponsor of the awards. It renewed its commitment in 2005, and the Minister issued an official mandate to utilise the TT100 Awards Programme to further develop technology and innovation in South Africa by promoting South Africa’s role models for the Management of Technology and Innovation.
Entrants of the TT100 Awards Programme include a wide spectrum of operations across diversified industries. They exemplify those who through passion, perseverance and a highly developed sense of innovation, have defied all odds, and have become recognised as significant players in the local and global economy. These organisations are recognised as sustainable, high-performance operations.
The programme is open to any organisation – emerging, small, medium or large, which has been operational for more than one year. Early in November, the TT100 adjudicating panel met to decide on the final winners in the TT100 Awards Programme. The adjudication process is both lengthy and rigorous whereby registered entrants need to complete a comprehensive questionnaire in the first round.  If successful, the entrants then present to a panel of adjudicators in the second round. 
This year, TT100 saw over 20 credible adjudicators give of their time, voluntarily and without remuneration.  Many adjudicators state that the inspiration they receive from our country’s remarkable innovators during these gruelling sessions, is the main reason that they volunteer to adjudicate year after year. The adjudication team is made up of independent and high-profile academics, captains of industry and business professionals.  The combination of expertise from various industries and sectors ensures transparency and consistency in the process.
Categories across the Emerging and Established sectors include awards for:
·         Excellence in the Management of Technology
·         Excellence in the Management of Innovation
·         Excellence in the Management of People
·         Excellence in the Management of Systems
·         The Director-General’s Award for Overall Excellence in Emerging Enterprises
·         The Minister’s Award for Overall Excellence in Established Enterprises
·         The Minister’s Award for Sustainable Development
Ms Marlize Schwar, one of the adjudicators this year said, “Companies are more aware of the TT100 Programme and the significance that it can bring to their business.  The companies that repeatedly enter the programme take away aspects to work on and improve over the next year as they focus on those areas.“
As South Africa’s benchmark of business excellence, TT100 is raising awareness of the critical need for companies to embrace the Management of Technology, Innovation and People in a sustainable manner. It offers companies the opportunity to measure their achievements against the best in the country and to showcase their exciting technological and innovative initiatives to the nation, regardless of the industries they operate in.
The final winners will be announced at the annual Awards Ceremony to be held on the 26th of November at the Atterbury Theatre, Pretoria.
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Contact
Bronwen Kramer
Communications Manager: TT100
Bronwen@davinci.ac.za / 071 461 7110
Storm Thomas
Communications Manager: The Da Vinci Institute

Storm@davinci.ac.za / 011 608 1331

New and Improved Moodle is Here!

Dear Students,
The Da Vinci Institute is proud to announce that the development, design and implementation of the New and Improved Moodlehas been completed and is now live.

For all future submissions and visits to Moodle, please be sure to use this link: http://www.elearning.net.za/

We look forward to engaging with you further as you proceed on your learning journey of self-discovery, co-creation and connecting the dots.

New and improved Moodle coming soon . . .

The Da Vinci Institute as a School of Management contributes toward socio-economic development and transformation. Our purpose is to cultivate managerial leaders through the core principles of business driven action learning. As we recommit ourselves to our brand promise to co-create reality alongside you, our intent is to improve your journey of self-discovery, reflection and personal growth at The Institute.

In view of this we are proud to announce that Moodle, the Da Vinci e-Learning platform has been upgraded in order to provide you with a seamless experience including such benefits of module tracking, gamification, social media integration and effective communication received by your Key Account Manager by sms and email.  

As we prepare the implementation of the new Moodle, we would like to advise that Moodle will be offline for approximately 2 days starting from 7 November – 8 November 2015 and will be online from 9 November 2015. You will not be able to access the Moodle site on these dates and therefore will not be able to submit. Submissions on these days will automatically be rescheduled for Monday 9 November 2015.

We thank you for your assistance and cooperation as we proceed to give you a more engaged, fun and improved learning experience.

Curiosita Colloquium: 27 October 2015

Guest Speaker: Robert C.H. Garbett | Managing Director | Professional Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd

Topic of discussion,“Business and Love”
Mr Robert (Rob) C.H. Garbett is managing director of Professional Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd and managing director of Professional Aviation Security & Risk Management (Pty) Ltd. These companies provide service in the logistics, air cargo security and training industries and are both registered security organisations. Professional Aviation Services (Pty) Ltd also provides a consultation service covering the purchase and sale of Jet and Turboprop aircraft. He holds an A Grade Security rating with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA).
Rob is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and previously served on the IoD committee responsible for environmental affairs for over seven years. He is a member of the Council of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), and Honorary Director for Life of the Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (CAASA). He has been intimately involved with the SACAA Civil Aviation Regulations Committee (CARcom) over the past eight years and currently represents the interest of CAASA and JCCI members on both CARcom and the SACAA Industry Liaison Forum (ILF).

His commercial experience extends over fifty years in the cargo industry including experience in the clearing, forwarding, air freight, air courier and aircraft operation fields. He has held various positions in the forwarding industry including that of Operations Director of Micor Airfreight (Pty) Ltd and was a shareholder, and managing director, in Advertising Deadlines and Freight (Pty) Ltd, a company specialising in the domestic air courier business. Rob has also operated cargo aircraft over the last twenty years and has specialised in air cargo security for the last ten years.
He is an active member of the Pelindaba Working Group who are opposed to the development of energy derived from nuclear power. Rob’s leisure activities include anything which contributes positively towards the environment, the bible, horses and squash.
PhD Student Speaker: Pieter Du Toit: Principal Consultant – VNI Consultants

Topic of thesis, “Leadership thinking and operational risk management: A holistic model based on aviation (air traffic) perspectives.”

Pieter Du Toit is the owner and manager for VNI Consultants. He has over 18 years of business consulting and training delivery experience and is strong in the Strategic-, Human Resources-, Risk Assessment-, Safety Management-, Project Implementation- and Leadership Training arenas.

Having consulted in almost all industries he has wide-ranging experience and knowledge of large mining operations in the gold-, platinum-, coal-, copper-, zinc, lead- and diamond mining fraternities. Some of his VNI Consulting assignments have been with Air Traffic and Navigation Services SA, Glencore (Int. & RSA), Xstrata Coal SA, Accenture, Royal Sechaba, Goldfields (Int. & RSA), Transnet SA, Impala Platinum, Anglo Platinum and -Gold, PharmaNatura, PEP Clothing and Above and Beyond Concepts. Pieter is also experienced in Aviation and has been granted the rank of Captain in the South African Air Force.

During his consulting career he has developed strong business relationships with other Consulting Firms to whom he provides support and shares expert knowledge on various organisational matters. He is also a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa). Due to his passion for the training and development of people he was instrumental in initiating a training academy facilitating a diploma in leadership and management development (NQF 6). Pieter is currently busy with his PhD at The Da Vinci Institute in Modderfontein, Johannesburg.

Copy of Robert C.H. Garbett’s speech:

Links to the video session, for those who missed the session.

Curiosita 27 October 2015 Part 1 of 2

Curiosita 27 October 2015 Part 2 of 2