Step it up, South Africa: Planet 50:50 by 2020

Step it up, South Africa: Planet 50:50 by 2020

Sixty years ago former textile factory worker Sophia de Bruyn helped lead 20 000 women on a historic march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the pass laws. When she thinks back to that day on August 9, 1956, De Bruyn she says she still becomes...
VIDEO: Top women are big business

VIDEO: Top women are big business

Research confirms: having more women at the top is good for bottom line performance. Standard Bank Top Women Leaders presents the Standard Bank Top Women Conference: Day One. Click the video below to...
Welcome Speech by Ralf Fletcher, Topco Media CEO

Welcome Speech by Ralf Fletcher, Topco Media CEO

14th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards 17 August 2017 “Good evening Honoured Guests, Finalists of the Top Women Awards, esteemed Judges and Ladies and Gentlemen.” Tonight we will recognise 27 award winners. Each has been supported by our amazing category...
The double-edged sword of social media

The double-edged sword of social media

While most of us happily update our Facebook and Instagram accounts with selfies, check-ins and hashtags, there’s a monster lurking in the social media closet, ready to rear its ugly head in our workplace and private lives. Social media expert Emma Sadleir explains....
The early bird of SA television

The early bird of SA television

Q&A with Morning Live presenter and news anchor, Leanne Manas For nearly 14 years, Leanne Manas has been the name and face of SABC’s flagship breakfast programme, Morning Live. As she marks this amazing milestone, the award-winning television anchor and mother of...
Bells-a-ringing for an empowered stock exchange

Bells-a-ringing for an empowered stock exchange

Every year in March, more than 30 stock exchanges around the world chime their bells – not only to mark the beginning and end of the day’s trading, but to support gender equality and transformation in the financial sector. To commemorate International Women’s...
Backwards and in high heels

Backwards and in high heels

By Chantell Ilbury Chantell Ilbury is a scenario strategist, co-author with Clem Sunter of The Fox Trilogy, and founding partner of the strategic intelligence agency Mindofafox. She is also one of the few women guiding the strategic conversations of some of the...
The five (s)heroes who led the 1956 women’s march

The five (s)heroes who led the 1956 women’s march

On 9 August 1956, 20 000 South African women from all walks of life broke the apartheid barriers and marched to the Union Buildings to protest the pass laws. This year marks the 61st anniversary of this historic event. “WATHINT’ ABAFAZI, WATHINT’ IMBOKODO!” “WHEN YOU...
Leading Lady: Wendy Luhabe

Leading Lady: Wendy Luhabe

Social entrepreneur, Wendy Luhabe, is considered one of South Africa’s most successful and prominent women. An advocate for women empowerment, Luhabe revolutionised the economic landscape when she founded Women Investment Portfolio Holdings in 1993 – a company that...
Ceder-sisters brewing up a storm

Ceder-sisters brewing up a storm

Two sisters from the Cederberg are brewing up a storm with their premium and wildly popular Nieuw Brew craft beer. From humble beginnings in their anchestoral farm’s old goat quarantine to bitter legal battles with neighbouring farms and saving the region’s endemic...
Oticon – 20 years of putting people first

Oticon – 20 years of putting people first

International hearing aid manufacturer, Oticon, was built on care and empathy from the very beginning. Celebrating its 20-year anniversary in South Africa, country manager, Lezanie Bakker, gave us some insight into what this predominantly female company has been up to...
Watch this space

Watch this space

The work carried out by Dr Rendani Nndanganeni, space science researcher at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), is, literally, out of this world. She talks to us about ‘space weather,’ her aspirations and the challenges of being a black woman scientist in...
Stokvels as vehicles for women empowerment

Stokvels as vehicles for women empowerment

In the 1800s, English settlers in Eastern Cape held rotating cattle auctions known as ‘stock fairs’; these fairs later became known as ‘stokvels’ by the locals who traded livestock. Today stokvels are community-based savings or investment schemes – traditionally made...
The meteoric rise of Aarti Takoordeen

The meteoric rise of Aarti Takoordeen

The 129-year-old JSE is showing the way, outshining other organisations by surpassing the 50/50 gender parity goal. In an exclusive interview, we chat to the stock exchange’s youngest (and first female) CFO, Aarti Takoordeen (36) about her responsibility as a Young...
Meet young rising netball star Tshina Mdau

Meet young rising netball star Tshina Mdau

Meet rising netball star and wing attack, Tshina Mdau from Gauteng North, regarded as one of Netball South Africa’s most talented young players. Tshinakaho Zorah Mdau, or Tshina (as her friends affectionately refer to her), was born and raised in Johannesburg. She’s...
Standard Bank Top Women Awards & Conference

Standard Bank Top Women Awards & Conference

Celebrating top women and the companies behind them The annual Top Women Awards honours outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation in organisations that play a role in advancing women to the forefront of the economy. The categories cover all major...
Maria Ramos: Banking on Africa

Maria Ramos: Banking on Africa

Maria Ramos, CEO of Barclays Africa Group shares cogent, considered insights on doing business in Africa, gender parity and the value of diversity. Maria Ramos was Director-General of the National Treasury from 1996 to 2003 and in January 2004 was appointed as Group...
The gender agenda

The gender agenda

An interview with Honourable Minister of Women in the Presidency, Susan Shabangu By Fiona Wakelin Credit: Vision 2030 I had never been to Tuynhuis before. Situated in the heart of the Mother City it literally means “garden house” and used to be a tool shed for Jan van...
3 South African Global Icons

3 South African Global Icons

South Africa has many reasons to celebrate the multitude of iconic figures that have made an impact on the international stage – in this article we take a look at 3 women who have resonated across the globe. Phumzile Mlambo-Nguka Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was born in...
Women at the forefront of innovation

Women at the forefront of innovation

Stem cell isolation Name: Anne Tsukamoto Profession: Executive Vice President of Scientific and Strategic Alliances Date of nvention: 1991 Tsukamoto co-patented the discovery of the properties of haematopoietic stem cells. They can be transformed and developed into...
Shirley Zinn’s 12 steps to a more motivated life

Shirley Zinn’s 12 steps to a more motivated life

Step 1 Remember your overall purpose as this will give you focus through tough times. Ground yourself in your goals, but also be prepared to change course when required. Make thought-through not “knee- jerk” choices. As articulated in the GROW model developed by Sir...
Women on Board: Harnessing the power of women

Women on Board: Harnessing the power of women

Over recent years, women have increasingly made progress in achieving seats on the corporate boards of South African companies. This change was brought about by corporations’ realisation that diverse boards can be of benefit to a company and its bottom line. With the...
What to expect in the 2017 Publication

What to expect in the 2017 Publication

2017 might well be the pivotal year for the entrepreneurial South African woman. In our 13th annual edition, we look at why 2017 is the start of the “golden age” for women entrepreneurs and celebrate female pioneers in various sectors ranging from business and finance...
Bang vir niks

Bang vir niks

BANG VIR NIKS Wendy Appelbaum an interview by Jocelyn Stiebel It’s not very often that people get to have a one-on- one with one of Africa’s wealthiest women. Topco was delighted to be able to secure a rare gap in Wendy Appelbaum’s demanding schedule...
Maria Ramos

Maria Ramos

“Across the continent, there is increased demand for infrastructure and IT services, opening up markets and creating significant opportunities for business” Maria Ramos was Director-General of the National Treasury from 1996 to 2003 and in January 2004 was appointed...
Top 100 Companies

Top 100 Companies

The central focus of Top Women in Business and Government is gender empowerment in the workplace. In order to determine the ranking of the top 100 gender empowered companies in South Africa, organisations are evaluated according to a set of criteria which can be...
In Retrospect

In Retrospect

For The Last 13 Years Top Women In Business And Government Has Proudly Celebrated The Success Of The Women In Business And Government In South Africa Who Were Recognised At The Prestigious Top Women Awards Annual Event. In Its 13th Year, It Seems Fitting To Take A...

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