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Identifying, Recognising and Celebrating
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The Standard Bank Top Women Awards

17 August 2017

Emperors Palace

Johannesburg

2017 Standard Bank Top Women Awards Winners

2017 Winners

2017
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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

08/17/2017

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!
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.  
08/17/2017

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.  
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

Diversity in the Workplace Award

Diversity in the Workplace Award
Sponsored by Stanlib

WesBank

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.  
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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

08/17/2017

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

08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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.
08/17/2017

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!
08/17/2017

Top Woman in Property Award

Top Woman in Property Award

Sponsored by Dormehl Phalane Property Group

Xoliswa Daku: CEO, Daku Group of Companies

A visionary property developer who founded and leads the fast-growing Daku Group, with a portfolio worth over R600 million. This Masters and MBA holder is redrawing the urban map by turning empty or underutilised spaces into bustling residential and business developments.
08/17/2017

Top Woman in Construction Award

Top Woman in Construction Award

Sponsored by Social Housing Regulatory Authority

Revona Botha: Managing Director,  Robus Engineering Training Services (Pty) Ltd

Revona made history in the male-dominated construction sector by becoming SA’s first black woman artisan electrician. Since then, her success has kept on building. Determined to see more women in construction, she is busy building an engineering and construction school.
08/17/2017

Top Woman in Science Award

Top Woman in Science Award
Sponsored by South African National Biodiversity Institute

Precious Hawadi: Group Executive for Finance, NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd

NTP Radio-isotopes produces essential radio-isotopes for doctors and patients around the world. So successful is NTP that it supplies up to a third of the global supply of Mo-99, the world’s most widely used medical isotope. At the forefront of NTP’s rapid growth and success is Precious Hawadi.
08/17/2017

Top Female Entrepreneur Award

Top Female Entrepreneur Award
Sponsored by WDB Investment Holdings & Seed Engine

Lynette Magasa: Founder, Boniswa Corporate Solutions

Boniswa Corporate Solutions was founded in 2004 by the entrepreneurial Lynette, who is greatly respected as a powerhouse in a sector still dominated by men.  Lynette has a vision to make Boniswa a global player listed on the stock exchange and creating thousands of new jobs. We believe she will do it.

Award Runner Up

Carissa Rapolthy - Urban Striker

08/17/2017

Honorary Lifetime Achiever Award

Honorary Lifetime Achiever Award
Sponsored by Standard Bank

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Our honorary recipient is a world-renowned singer and songwriter as well as a respected entrepreneur, humanitarian and teacher - plus the proud mother of four. She champions the global fight on  AIDS, TB and Malaria, sits on the boards of several NGOs, and was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children's fund. She has also established her own charity foundation, the ‘Princess of Africa’  -whose name has become a term of endearment for this iconic woman herself.  In 2012, she was the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum's Crystal Award in Davos. Please raise your glass of umqombothi in honour of our 2017 Standard Bank Lifetime Achiever, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
08/17/2017

Top Businesswoman of the Year Award

Top Businesswoman of the Year Award
Sponsored by Standard Bank

Dr Nombasa Tsengwa Executive Head: Carbon Operations, Exxaro Resources

Congratulations to Dr Tsengwa, who has played an extraordinary role in the development and growth of Exxaro’s vast coal operations. Her leadership approach revolves around people development, mentorship and a culture of collaboration. Her commitment to operational performance and the highest levels of safety has been praised  across the industry.
08/17/2017

Top Gender Empowered Business of the Year Award

Top Gender Empowered Business of the Year Award
Sponsored by Standard Bank

Microsoft South Africa

Microsoft is enabling millions of South Africans to empower themselves, by spreading cloud-based connectivity and learning to even the remotest rural communities - opening up new opportunities for the next generation. Microsoft is committed to growing women’s participation in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art & design and maths.  Microsoft, for not being soft on advancing the quest for 50/50 gender parity, you are the Top Gender Empowered Business of 2017. Congratulations from all at Standard Bank Top Women.

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

GENERAL CRITERIA

  • 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:

OTHER CRITERIA

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

2017 JUDGES

 

Abigail Khuluse

Founder | Tushiyah Advisory Services,

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Busi Selesho

Founder & Managing Director | Isipho Sempilo

BIO

Buyani Zwane

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

BIO

Kate Moodley

Kelly Masete

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

BIO

Lebo Madiba

Founder & Managing Director | PR Powerhouse

BIO

Margaret Sibiya

Chief Operations Officer | ICT-Works

Maolebatsi Moagi

CEO | Centre for Supplier Development

BIO

Owen Dormehl

CEO | Dormehl Property Group

Phuti Mahanyele

Executive Chairperson | Sigma Capital

BIO

Sabelo Silinga

Chairperson | Dzonga Content Working Group

BIO

Thulisile Phiri

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

BIO

Disebo Moephuli

Chief Corporate & Regulatory Officer | Transnet

BIO

Sekwena Mercy Sekano

Executive Director | Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre

BIO

Nontobeko Masondo

Senior Human Resources Manager | Anglo American Platinum

BIO

Zoliswa Tshetshe

Human Resources & Organisation | Enel Green Power

BIO

Genevieve Holder

BIO

Dipolelo Moshe

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

BIO

2017 Top Women Awards Sponsors & Partners

2017 Headline Sponsor

2017 Category Sponsors

2017 Media Partners

2017 Strategic Partner

2017 Lifestyle Sponsor

SOME OF THE TOP COMPANIES ATTENDING

ICT-WORKS (Pty) Ltd
STANLIB
British American Tobacco SA
Anglo Platinum
Standard Bank

Transnet Group
Eskom
Sizwe Medical Fund
Mintek
Dormehl Property Group

CONGRATULATING OUR 2017
AWARD FINALISTS

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR OF 2017 AWARD

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


FEMALE PUBLIC SECTOR LEADER AWARD

(PARASTATALS AND GOVERNMENT)
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)


TOP WOMAN IN AVIATION AWARD

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)


TOP WOMAN IN PROPERTY AWARD

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



TOP YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR AWARD

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


TOP WOMAN IN AGRICULTURE AWARD

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


TOP WOMAN IN SCIENCE AWARD

Sponsored by SANBI

Alison Lewis – University of Cape Town

Faith February – Armscor

Lorato Mongale – Central University of Technology

Precious Hawadi – NTP Radioisotopes


TOP WOMAN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD

Sponsored by Social Housing Regulatory Authority

Deborah Terhune – Growing Up Africa

Relebohile Lizzy Aaron – L & R Welding Tool Supplies

Revona Botha – Robus Engineering


TOP BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

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


TOP MALE DRIVING GENDER EMPOWERMENT AWARD

Bashier Adam – Nexia SAB&T

Corrie van der Wath – Matleng Energy Solutions


RETAIL AWARD

Sponsored by Godrej Consumer Products South Africa

Finlay Mall Leasing

Ford Motor Company

G4S Security

GP Retail Operations

Hirsch’s

Kelloggs of South Africa

Procter & Gamble

Truworths Ltd

Verimark


FAST GROWTH WOMEN-OWNED SMME AWARD

Sponsored by Simply Tech Solutions

 

Access Advertising

Kathabo Group

Moshomo Bashumi Consultants

LA Consulting Engineers

Vuma Reputation Management

Symphonia for South Africa

Chillisoft


 RESOURCES AWARD

Sponsored by Anglo American Platinum

 Mintek

De Beers Consolidated Mines

Exxaro Resources

WOA Fuels & Oils


DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE AWARD

Sponsored by STANLIB

 Isilumko Staffing

Wesbank

Central University of Technology

Express Employment Professionals


PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Sponsored by Transnet

 

Ithala Development Finance Corporation

Road Accident Fund

The Cancer Association of South Africa

Vaal University of Technology



ICT AWARD

Sponsored by ICT Works

 Dimension Data

Lawtrust

Lenovo SA

Microsoft SA

Neo Technologies

Oracle


CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP AWARD

Sponsored by British American Tobacco

 

Alexander Forbes (Pty) Ltd

Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment

University of Witwatersrand

Vitrovian (Pty) Ltd



ENERGY & UTILITIES AWARD

Sponsored by Enel Green Power

 

BioTherm Energy

DLO Energy Resources

Matleng Energy Solutions

The Onolo Group



HEALTH & PHARMACEUTICAL AWARD

Breast Health Foundation

Central University of Technology

Clicks Group

Metropolitan Health Risk Management

NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd

Sizwe Medical Fund


INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Orvall Corporate Design

Bigen Africa

Pentafloor

Stimela Infrastructure Management Services



RURAL DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by NW READ

 

Lima Rural Development Foundation

SAB Foundation

Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency



SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AWARD

Sponsored by Elijah Barayi

 

Britehouse

Only the Best

Scan Display

Zinto Marketing


TRANSPORT & LOGISTICS AWARD

Sponsored by Labat Africa

 

G4S Security

Gautrain Management Agency

Mercury Freight



BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD

Sponsored by Standard Bank

 

 

Clicks Group

Dentsu Aegis Network

Lenovo SA

Microsoft SA



ADOPT A TVET COLLEGE AWARD

Sponsored by Human Research Development Council

Samsung

Engen

Sasol

Continental Tyres

W&R SETA


MUNICIPALITY AWARD 

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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  • Raised brand awareness and prestige
  • Access to our high-profile audience

Contact Janet Karodza at janet.karodza@topco.co.za or on 086 000 9590 to

partner with Top Women as an Award sponsor.

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