Standard Bank Top Women 2018 Brand Ambassadors
Regional Conference
Identifying, recognising and celebrating
top gender-empowered companies.
Phuti Mahanyele
Aisha Pandor
Glenda Gray
Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi
Announcing the Standard Bank Top Women 2018 Brand Ambassadors
Identifying, Recognising and Celebrating
Top Gender-Empowered Companies.
Regional Conference
Discover top gender empowered companies here.

The Standard Bank Top Women Awards

23 August 2018

Emperors Palace


Announcing the

Standard Bank Top Women 2018 Brand Ambassadors

Aisha Pandor

CEO - SweepSouth

Aisha R. Pandor is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth, Africa’s first online end to-end platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning services. Aisha is one of very few black female tech startup CEOs both in South Africa and internationally, and has led SweepSouth to become one of the fastest-growing startups in the country. Venture-backed, SweepSouth won the SiMODiSA Startup SA pitching prize and later became the first South African startup to be accepted into the prestigious 500 Startups accelerator based in Silicon Valley in San Francisco.


Aisha is a former scientist who completed her PhD in Human Genetics at the University of Cape Town. While writing her PhD thesis, she also completed a Postgraduate Business Administration course at the University of Cape Town, coming first in class in that course and becoming the first student to graduate from the University with two separate qualifications from two different faculties, on the same day. Following her studies, she went on to work as a management consultant at Accenture South Africa. There she advised clients on HR management, digital strategy and supply chain management (managing hundreds of millions of dollars in operational expenditure) in the telecommunications and mining industries. During her time at the company, she was ranked among the top three in her peer group in the EMEA region.


After 2 years as a consultant, Aisha decided to bite the bullet and embark on an entrepreneurial journey with SweepSouth, an on-demand tech platform for booking domestic services that connects unemployed and underemployed domestic workers with homeowners who need their services. Her company launched in June 2014 and currently operates in 4 South African cities, providing work opportunities for thousands of women.


Aisha has acted as a tech startup pitching coach and mentor for SeedStars Africa 2017, and was awarded the Price Check eCommerce Female Entrepreneur of the year award and Black Entrepreneur of the year award for 2016.

Phuti Mahanyele

Executive Chairperson Sigma Capital

Phuthi Mahanyele is the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital. Ms Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to the DBSA, she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.


She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is an honourary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and also chairs the Bain Academy in South Africa. She is a Patron of Bosele Foundation.

Glenda Gray

Pioneering Professor

Pioneering medical researcher, scientist and HIV activist, professor Glenda Gray is the only South African to feature in TIME Magazine’s prestigious list of 100 most influential people in 2017. Professor Glenda Gray has dedicated her life’s work in the search for a HIV/AIDS vaccine.


Gray is currently leading a large-scale clinical trial that could lead to the first licensed vaccine against HIV/AIDS. She spent the greater part of her career working at the Chris Hani Baragwananth hospital, and together with Dr James McIntyre, they founded a perinatal HIV clinic in Soweto – one of the first in South Africa to offer HIV testing and counselling for pregnant women.


Included in her long list of accolades and achievements, Gray has been awarded the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for pioneering work in the field of mother-to-child transmission of HIV-1 and in 2013, she received South Africa’s highest honour, the Order of Mapungubwe.

Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi

In Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Africa has a strong and passionate leader working towards the continent’s social and economic transformation. As the former Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank, she led a strategy to mainstream gender in the Bank’s policies and operations, making the Bank a reference institution on gender equality in Africa. She has championed women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.


Geraldine was previously Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group (DGP), based at Head Quarters(HQ) in New York, with activities in more than 170 countries, supported from six Regional Service Centres(RSCs) and HQs; She served in the South African Government as Minister of Public Service and Administration, for two consecutive terms. Geraldine serves on various boards across academia (including, the Institute for the Study of International Development, Mc Gill University and the Mapungubwe Research Institute- MISTRA), government and development organizations on issues including youth, women empowerment, capacity development & education, governance and poverty eradication.


In addition, she serves as a non-executive Board member of the Standard Bank Group and Standard Bank South Africa. A strong supporter of intergenerational dialogue, Geraldine mentors young women and men across the continent on leadership and resilience.

2018 Top Women Awards Sponsors & Partners

2018 Headline Sponsor

2018 Category Sponsors

2018 VIP Table

Testimonials 2017 Awards

“Because you have done such an amazing job telling everyone how amazing Standard Bank is, let me do the same. The reality is, you guys have been able to capture the essence of leadership, of excellence, in women empowerment.”

Jayshree Naidoo

Head, Standard Bank Incubator

Winners 2017

2017 Winners


Top Gender Empowered Company: Resources

Top Gender Empowered Company: Resources
Sponsored by Anglo American Platinum

Exxaro Resources

Exxaro Resources is one of SA’s biggest black-owned diversified resources companies. Exxaro aims to harmonise business, community and environmental needs. Compared to the industry average of 11%, 17% of Exxaro’s workforce is women.

Top Gender Empowered Company: Retail

Top Gender Empowered Company: Retail
Sponsored by Godrej Consumer Products South Africa

Kellogg Company South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Kelloggs South Africa has a diverse and inclusive company culture where employees are encouraged to grow, and pursue their dreams. Here’s to the thousands of top women at Kelloggs.

Award Runner Up

Ford Company South Africa


Top Gender Empowered Company: Health & Pharmaceuticals

Top Gender Empowered Company: Health & Pharmaceuticals

Clicks Group Limited

Clicks has been independently rated by customers as SA’s leading health and beauty retailer. At Clicks, the workforce comprises over 60% women. Clicks: women-strong!

Top Gender Empowered Company: Transport & Logistics

Top Gender Empowered Company: Transport & Logistics
Sponsored by Labat Africa Ltd

Mercury Freight

Women-led Mercury Freight handles International Freight and trade under the directorship of Margrit Wolff; a respected figure in the industry for four decades. Keep flying high, Mercury Freight.

Fast Growth Women Owned SMME Award

Fast Growth Women Owned SMME Award
Sponsored by Simply Tech Solutions

Kathabo Group

Bloemfontein’s Kathabo is a 100% black-women-owned company that has found its niche for success in the marketing & media industry. Lerato Rampana is the driving force behind Kathabo.  

Top Gender Empowered Company: Energy & Utilities

Top Gender Empowered Company: Energy & Utilities
Sponsored by Enel Green Power

Matleng Energy Solutions

Matleng solves clients’ energy challenges through advanced technologies. It’s a black-woman-owned company led by Nelisiwe Magubane, in association with Corrie van der Wath. Between them, they have more than 50 years of industry experience.  

Adopt-a-TVET-College Award

Adopt-a-TVET-College Award
Sponsored by Human Resource Development Council of South Africa

Sasol Limited

Sasol has 30 300 people producing world class liquid fuels, chemicals and low-carbon electricity. One of SA’s largest investors in skills development, Sasol helps to address unemployment by supporting Technical and Vocational Education Training Colleges - TVET for short.

Diversity in the Workplace Award

Diversity in the Workplace Award
Sponsored by Stanlib


WesBank is a top vehicle and asset finance provider and a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. Women make up an impressive 59% of WesBank’s permanent staff - and fill more than half of all management roles in the organisation.  

Skills Development Award

Skills Development Award
Sponsored by Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre

Britehouse Group

Britehouse Group provides digital solutions to African & global companies in the era of digital disruption, as a division of Dimension Data. Britehouse is intensively engaged in projects to bring more young women into the IT sector.

Top Gender Empowered Company: ICT

Top Gender Empowered Company: ICT
Sponsored by ICT-Works (Pty) Ltd

Dimension Data

In this visionary organisation, where diversity is top priority, almost 30% of the workforce is women. Through its powerful Womens Forum, Dimension Data drives gender parity in Africa and the Middle East.

Corporate Citizenship Award

Corporate Citizenship Award
Sponsored by  British American Tobacco SA

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World

Suncoast is a committed  equal opportunity employer where race, disability and gender play no role in limiting employees’ achievements. Suncoast is part of the Tsogo Sun group, where black women make up a quarter of top management.

Infrastructure Development Award

Infrastructure Development Award
Sponsored by Orvall Corporate Designs (Pty) Ltd

Bigen Africa Services (Pty) Ltd

As a proudly women-led infrastructure development company , Bigen is responsible for numerous big projects in Africa. Under visionary CEO Dr Snowy Khoza, Bigen is a passionate champion of women empowerment, where women leaders hold several key leadership roles.

Rural Development Award

Rural Development Award
Sponsored by North West Department of Rural, Environment and Agricultural Development

Lima Rural Development Foundation

Lima is a non-profit NGO, engaged in a range of rural and urban development initiatives around SA. Lima promotes growth and development in scores of rural communities where the small-scale farmers are often women. At Lima itself, more than 50% of the staff are women. Rural development is in good hands.

Public Service Award

Public Service Award
Sponsored by Transnet SOC Ltd

Cancer Association of South Africa

The non-profit Cancer Association leads the fight against cancer by enabling research, spreading awareness and providing support to those this deadly disease affects. As CEO, the respected Elize Joubert captains this national, gender-empowered organisation.

Top Gender Empowered Municipality Award

Top Gender Empowered Municipality Award
Sponsored by Public Sector Manager magazine

Ugu District Municipality

Ugu is Zulu for "coast" - fitting for a municipality whose administrative seat is sunny Port Shepstone. Women form a major part of the municipal workforce, and are supported to rise to supervisory and management positions through coaching and mentoring.

Top Public Sector Leader Award

Top Public Sector Leader Award
Sponsored by Eskom

Dr Anneline Chetty: ‎Chief Operations Officer, Department of Trade and Industry

Dr Anneline Chetty is a key figure at the DTI, where her efforts in supporting women entrepreneurs have been widely praised. This award recognises Anneline’s vision in creating an environment that strongly and consistently promotes gender equality.

Award Runner Up

Zibu Masotobe - Airports Company SA


Top Young Achiever under 40 Award

Top Young Achiever under 40 Award
Sponsored by Ekurhuleni East TVET College

Chelina Bodhie: ‎Senior Manager: Safety, Health, Environment & Quality, Gautrain

As Gautrain’s Senior Manager for Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, this young innovator is driven by her passion for making it a world-class transport service. Chelina, your success is on track!

Award Runner Up

Thembelihle Mbatha - Inkomati – Usuthu Catchment Management Agency


Top Woman in Aviation Award

Top Woman in Aviation Award

Nokuthula Mcinga: Senior Operational Governance Manager, Airports Company South Africa, King Shaka International

Imagine your daily responsibility being a vast airport that hosts 7,5 million passengers a year. At Durban’s King Shaka, Nokuthula must oversee operational compliance in terms of safety, security, risk, the environment and government requirements. She’s more than up to the task.

Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment Award

Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment Award

Bashier Adam : CEO, Nexia SAB&T

The charismatic CEO of Nexia SAB&T is responsible for the development strategy of the company in Sub-Saharan Africa. Women make up an impressive 52% of Nexia SAB&T, which has 37% black women ownership. Bashier - we can’t wait to see what your next is.

Top Woman in Agriculture Award

Top Woman in Agriculture Award
Sponsored by Diageo plc

Lesego Serolong: Founder & CEO, Bokamoso Impact Investments

70% of South Africa’s small scale farmers are women, and Lesego, whose brainchild is Bokamoso Impact Investment, strives to help them become thriving commercial growers by growing their skills and the potential of their land. Lesego is Top Woman in her field!

Behind the scenes: 2017 Awards Judges’ Review Forum

Awards Video 2017

Are you ready to showcase your gender agenda?

Celebrating top women and the companies behind them.

These annual awards honour and applaud outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation, in organisations that play a role in advancing women to the forefront of the economy. Covering all major economic sectors, and awarding business from SMME- to national-level. Enter for or sponsor your chosen award – or book your VIP table to share in the excitement and inspiration.

Showcase your gender agenda in 2018


  • The quality of your entry’s content is critical to the judging process.
  • Keep information brief and succinct. 1 200 words max.
  • Do not use press release material.
  • Supporting documentation unaccompanied by a motivation will not be read.
  • All entrants will be reviewed on these general criteria, as well as:


Annual revenue generated must be above R35 million, except in the case of SME or individual awards.Only companies with a valid SANAS B-BBEE Certificate will qualify. Following your initial entry, additional information may be requested from you, for example:

  • Number of employees year-on-year 2015, 2016, 2017 or evidence of employment creation
  • Audited annual turnover for financial years 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Procurement from local suppliers for financial years 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Skills development spend on critical skills and/or core skills as a percentage of turnover for financial years 2015, 2016, 2017



Abigail Khuluse

Founder | Tushiyah Advisory Services,


Busi Selesho

Founder & Managing Director | Isipho Sempilo


Buyani Zwane

Director | Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited & Magnificent Mile (Pty) Limited


Kate Moodley

Kelly Masete

Regional Executive: Northern Region at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants


Lebo Madiba

Founder & Managing Director | PR Powerhouse


Margaret Sibiya

Chief Operations Officer | ICT-Works

Maolebatsi Moagi

CEO | Centre for Supplier Development


Owen Dormehl

CEO | Dormehl Property Group

Phuti Mahanyele

Executive Chairperson | Sigma Capital


Sabelo Silinga

Chairperson | Dzonga Content Working Group


Thulisile Phiri

Head of Communications & Public Affairs | Southern Africa & Co- Leader | GE Africa Affinity Forum


Disebo Moephuli

Chief Corporate & Regulatory Officer | Transnet


Sekwena Mercy Sekano

Executive Director | Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre


Nontobeko Masondo

Senior Human Resources Manager | Anglo American Platinum


Zoliswa Tshetshe

Human Resources & Organisation | Enel Green Power


Genevieve Holder


Dipolelo Moshe

Deputy Director | Marketing and Communication | South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)


2017 Top Women Awards Sponsors & Partners

2017 Headline Sponsor

2017 Category Sponsors

2017 Media Partners

2017 Strategic Partner

2017 Lifestyle Sponsor


International studies have compared the financial performance of award-winning companies against other companies in their sector.

They found that, three years after winning their award, these companies outperformed peers by +-17% in sales and 36% in share value.

Stevie Awards, Awards Intelligence, British Quality Foundation,



Sponsored by WDB Investment Holdings & Seed Engine

 Carissa Rapolthy – Urban Striker

Carla Ferreira – Saltycrax Adventure & Backpackers & SAVE Foundation

Christine Williams – 2Connect

Erika Sutton – Realgrowth Development

Jackie Carroll – Media Works

Janice Wagner – EDGE

Janine Hills – Vuma Reputation Management

Lynette Magasa – Boniswa Corporate Solutions

Marthie Jansen van Rensburg – Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre

Patricia Schröder – Reclite SA

Prenita Reddi – Refuel Carriers

Relebohile Lizzy Aaron – L & R Welding Tool Supplies

Roxane Titus – RV Footwear

Sharon Isaacs – Amabamba Fencing

Sherie Keating – Dermalogica SA

Sue Moodley – Pluminco

Vino Govender – LA Consulting

Wendy Alberts – Restaurant Association of South Africa

Zodwa Msimang – Ikhono Communications


Sponsored by Eskom

Anneline Chetty – Department of Trade & Industry

Ayesha Itzkin – The Chemical Industries Education & Training Authority (CHIETA)

Elize Joubert – The Cancer Association of South Africa

Maphefo Anno–Frempong – Transport Education Training Authority

Nosiphiwo Nyamane – Mintek

Thembelihle Mbatha – Inkomati–Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Vuyiwe Tsako – Ugu District Municipality

Zibu Masotobe – Airports Company South Africa (Kingshaka Airport)


Marlene Dippenaar–Lewis – EPT Aviation Training

Nokuthula Mcinga – Airports Company South Africa (King Shaka Airport)

Asnath Mahapa – African College of Aviation

Zibu Masotobe – Airports Company South Africa (King Shaka Airport)


Sponsored by Dormehl Phalane Property Group

Buhle Mathole – Kabu Design Architects

Dina Soukop – Soukop Property Group

Kim Faclier – GoIndustry DoveBid SA

Lauren Marshall – Profica

Madeleine Truter – Setso Property Fund

Marianka Victor – Finlay Mall Leasing

Shazia Essa Suliman – Choprop

Xoliswa Daku – Daku Group of Companies


Sponsored by Ekurhleni East TVET College

Arlene Mulder – WeThinkCode

Bianca Shakinovsky – Penta Floor

Chelina Bodhie – Gautrain Management Agency

Deneshree Govender – Alexander Forbes Group

Natasha Alomia – JML Consulting

Prenita Reddi – Refuel Carriers

Sifisosami Dube – Gender Links

Sturae Hickley – Mark1 Media

Sue Moodley – Pluminco

Thando Lepele – Interstate Bus Lines

Thembelihle Mbatha – Inkomati–Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Veronica Motloutsi – Vodacom


Sponsored by Diageo

Jeanet Rikhotso – Middledrift Dairy

Lesego Serolong –Bokamoso Impact Investment

NobaTembu Pako – Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency

Sarah Melane – Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Wiana Louw – The Southern African Grain Laboratory


Sponsored by SANBI

Alison Lewis – University of Cape Town

Faith February – Armscor

Lorato Mongale – Central University of Technology

Precious Hawadi – NTP Radioisotopes


Sponsored by Social Housing Regulatory Authority

Deborah Terhune – Growing Up Africa

Relebohile Lizzy Aaron – L & R Welding Tool Supplies

Revona Botha – Robus Engineering


Sponsored by  Standard Bank


Carol Weaving – Reed Exhibitions

Carolyn Diaz – Expresspros

Magrit Wolff – Mercury Freight

Roberta Naicker – Africa Business News

Teryl Schroen  – Accsys

Patricia Boke Mahlangu – Engen

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa – Exxaro Resources

Sibongile Manganyi – Indigo Kulani Group


Bashier Adam – Nexia SAB&T

Corrie van der Wath – Matleng Energy Solutions


Sponsored by Godrej Consumer Products South Africa

Finlay Mall Leasing

Ford Motor Company

G4S Security

GP Retail Operations


Kelloggs of South Africa

Procter & Gamble

Truworths Ltd



Sponsored by Simply Tech Solutions


Access Advertising

Kathabo Group

Moshomo Bashumi Consultants

LA Consulting Engineers

Vuma Reputation Management

Symphonia for South Africa



Sponsored by Anglo American Platinum


De Beers Consolidated Mines

Exxaro Resources

WOA Fuels & Oils


Sponsored by STANLIB

 Isilumko Staffing


Central University of Technology

Express Employment Professionals


Sponsored by Transnet


Ithala Development Finance Corporation

Road Accident Fund

The Cancer Association of South Africa

Vaal University of Technology


Sponsored by ICT Works

 Dimension Data


Lenovo SA

Microsoft SA

Neo Technologies



Sponsored by British American Tobacco


Alexander Forbes (Pty) Ltd

Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment

University of Witwatersrand

Vitrovian (Pty) Ltd


Sponsored by Enel Green Power


BioTherm Energy

DLO Energy Resources

Matleng Energy Solutions

The Onolo Group


Breast Health Foundation

Central University of Technology

Clicks Group

Metropolitan Health Risk Management

NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd

Sizwe Medical Fund


Sponsored by Orvall Corporate Design

Bigen Africa


Stimela Infrastructure Management Services


Sponsored by NW READ


Lima Rural Development Foundation

SAB Foundation

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency


Sponsored by Elijah Barayi



Only the Best

Scan Display

Zinto Marketing


Sponsored by Labat Africa


G4S Security

Gautrain Management Agency

Mercury Freight


Sponsored by Standard Bank



Clicks Group

Dentsu Aegis Network

Lenovo SA

Microsoft SA


Sponsored by Human Research Development Council




Continental Tyres



Sponsored by PSM magazine

Makana Local Municipality – Eastern Cape

Nyandeni Local Municipality

Ugu District Municipality

2017 Top Women Awards Categories

Top Gender Empowered Company: Resources Award

This award is open to all mining, oil, gas, and alternative energy companies that have dug deep to further gender empowerment.

Sponsor: Anglo American

Top Gender Empowered Company: Retail Award

Hardline retailers, broadline retailers, soft goods retailers, shopping centres, warehouse/wholesale, distributors, this one’s for you.

Sponsor: Godrej

Top Gender Empowered Company: Construction Award

This award is open to all gender empowered companies in the traditionally male-dominated engineering, construction, and manufacturing sectors. Times are changing!

Top Gender Empowered Company: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

This award looks at robust gender advancement in health (hospital management, medical supplies), pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, spas & wellness.

Top Gender Empowered Company: ICT Award

Open to companies involved in information technology hardware, and software and computing service industries that click all the right buttons in terms of women leadership.

Sponsor: ICT WORKS

Top Gender Empowered Company: Transport and Logistics

If your sphere is airlines and airports, rail, road and freight, shipping and ports, import and export, infrastructure or logistics and have put gender empowerment on the fast-track, recognition awaits.

Partner: Labat Africa Ltd

Top Gender Empowered Company: Skills Development Award

This award recognises intensive learnerships and skills programmes that support, for example, youth development, particularly for women, and promote career awareness for women; resulting in enhanced business performance. All sectors are welcome to enter.

Sponsor: Elijah Barayi

Top Gender Empowered Company: Diversity in the Workplace Award

Finalists must be able to demonstrate their commitment to diversity and transformation in the workplace by advancing women, but, within that, all types of women. The judges will look at factors like the company employees’ race, age, ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation, educational background, marital status, military experience, parental status, religious beliefs, work experience and job classification.

Sponsor: STANLIB

Top Gender Empowered Company: Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME Award

This award will go to a proudly gender-advancing SMME, operating only in South Africa, that has demonstrated the most success in empowering women in the workplace.

Sponsor: Simply Tech Solutions

Top Gender Empowered Company: Rural Development Award

The organisation that has uplifted communities in rural areas, by developing infrastructure or support for basic services and access
to health, water, education or projects supporting the development of the region. Extra emphasis will be paid to those programs
targeted at women.

Sponsor: North-West READ

Top Gender Empowered Company: Adopt a TVET College Award

The award goes to the organization that has adopted the most TVET colleges and aiding it with financial support and resources,
as voted by TVET Colleges . Organisations nominated for this category will have to qualify according to the general criteria.

Sponsor: HRDC

Top Gender Empowered Company: Energy & Utilities Award

Gender-strong, high-energy companies in this category must demonstrate the implementation of a cost-effective, innovative alternative product or process that, through design improvements, source reduction or control, reduces the amount of energy and/or the amount of emissions to air, water or land from a stationary source, resulting in measurably reduced environmental impact.

Sponsor: Enel Green Power

Top Gender Empowered Company: Corporate Citizenship Award

This benchmark award recognises a project established by a gender-strong company that demonstrates and highlights the role of businesses in improving the communities in which they operate. This award will recognise positive impact on quality of life, economic prosperity or regeneration through direct investment, pro bono work or employee-led initiatives. The award also seeks to demonstrate the link between corporate citizenship and commercial success, from staff engagement and development through to market reputation and brand awareness.

Sponsor: British American Tobacco SA

Top Gender Empowered Company: Infrastructure Development Award

This award recognises organisations involved in innovative, sustainable and efficiency-enhancing infrastructure development. Must show an annual revenue above R35-million

Sponsor: Orvall Corporate Designs

Top Gender Empowered: Top Female Entrepreneur of 2017

The award goes to women entrepreneurs that will be recognised for their contributions to the economy and growing employment in their enterprises. Who demonstrates excellence, ingenuity, achievement, and who is unquestionably a leader in her field.

Sponsor: WDB Investment Holdings & Seed Academy

Top Gender Empowered: Young Achiever of the Year Award (40 years & younger)

This award highlights the outstanding achievement of a young female executive who has contributed to the organisations’ positive success and performance through innovative strategies and solutions. The candidate for this award is a woman to watch – who has shown great potential to lead, has a proven track record, excellent business acumen, strategic foresight, and will be recognised for their contribution to the economy and growing employment in their enterprises.

Sponsor: Ekurhuleni East TVET College

Top Gender Empowered: Public Sector Leader Award (Parastatal & Government)

This award goes to the woman working in the public sector who has demonstrated excellence in performance and delivery; and who, through her public profile, has raised the visibility of women in government.

Sponsor: Eskom

Top Woman in Aviation Award

This award is dedicated to the woman that provides networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries.

Top Gender Empowered: Top Woman in Agriculture Award

This award is reserved for a senior female executive who has demonstrated exceptional performance within the agriculture sector and demonstrated admirable leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight.

Sponsor: DIAGEO

Top Gender Empowered: Top Woman in Property Award

This award is reserved for a senior female executive who has demonstrated exceptional performance within the property sector and demonstrated admirable leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight.

Sponsor: Dormehl Phalane Property Group

Top Gender Empowered: Top Woman in Science Award

This award is reserved for a senior female executive who has demonstrated exceptional performance using science and who has demonstrated admirable leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight.

Sponsor: SANBI

Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment

This award is reserved for exceptional performance by a senior male executive, leader or CEO who has shown leadership,
business acumen, and strategic foresight. Who’s leading the organisation by implementing and advancing gender empowerment
initiatives, policies and programs within the organisation. The leader must demonstrate a passion for the advancement and
equality of women in the workplace and society.

Top Gender Empowered: Public Service (Parastatal; SOE’s)

Top Gender Public Service – The Award goes to the public sector entity that clearly and effectively demonstrates the highest level of gender empowerment. An important factor is measurable and accountable leadership that is committed to developing previously disadvantaged individuals in that department.

Sponsor: Transnet

Top Gender Empowered: Municipality Award

The Award goes to the Municipality that clearly and effectively demonstrates the highest level of gender empowerment, from staff
to suppliers, through its programmes and policies. This Award recognises municipalities of outstanding service delivery and a
reputation that has achieved substantial accomplishments by providing service to disadvantaged South Africans. The winning
municipalities accomplishments should be a shining example for other organisations.

Sponsor: Public Sector Manager

Top Businesswoman of the Year Award

This award is reserved for exceptional performance by a senior female executive who has shown leadership, business acumen, and strategic foresight.

Sponsor: Standard Bank

Top Gender Empowered Company: Business of the Year Award

Top Gender Empowered Company: Business of the Year Award – This award is based on exceptional practices primarily implemented through the HR or transformation divisions within the organisation. Spend and skills development initiatives within the organisation. Demonstrate processes, policies and procedures that increase the employment of women and increase skills development.

Sponsor: Standard Bank

Lifetime Achiever Award

Sponsor: Standard Bank

Why enter?

5 Reasons to enter?

If you’re a top woman …

  1. Be an inspiration to other women
  2. Acquire top-level business influence
  3. Be seen as a thought leader in your sector
  4. Network with hundreds of respected awards alumni
  5. You 110% deserve recognition for your journey to success

If you’re a top company …

  1. Showcase your gender empowerment commitment
  2. Raise your profile as a desirable business to partner with
  3. Attract and retain the brightest new talent
  4. Position yourself as an economy game-changer
  5. Do business with a host of other gender-empowered companies

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Take advantage of the unique opportunity of sponsoring the Top Women award category of your choice, if you wish to showcase your organisation to the nation as a thought leader for gender empowerment in South Africa. Category sponsors benefit from:

  • Press coverage and multimedia exposure
  • Multi-channel marketing opportunities
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  • Raised brand awareness and prestige
  • Access to our high-profile audience

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