Top Women Awards

20 Judges

800 Attendees

24 Award Categories

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Are you ready to showcase your gender empowerment?

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.

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Reasons to Enter 

Winning a Top Women Award entitles you to a range of digital collateral to help you promote your gender-empowered status.

Winners will receive PR and multi-channel marketing exposure, promoting their winning status on our website and to our email subscribers.

Participating in the awards is a great way to honour your employees and build your brand by measuring  your performance against South Africa’s most gender-empowered companies.

A nomination will differentiate your business from competitors’ and raise your profile to attract investors and key industry stakeholders.

You will get the opportunity to network with other business people who are passionate about gender empowerment.

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Top Women Finalists 

  • Rivasha Maharaj – Group Chief Financial Officer, Afgri Group Holdings
  • Pramy Moodley – CFO, Sappi
  • Emma Mashilwane – Chief Executive Officer, MASA Risk Advisory Services
  • Kim Faclier – Managing Director Property, GoIndustry DoveBid
  • Celeste Margo Le Roux – CEO, React24
  • Claudine J Wheeler – Marketing Manager, Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes
  • Lianne Kroukamp – Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes
  • Yael Geffen – CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Thelma Ubisi – CEO, Thelma Properties
  • Ntsadi Martha Lebelo – Director, Phetogo Property Group (Pty) Ltd
  • Pamela Mkhize – Head Of Africa Digital Solutions, Enel Green Power
  • Anthea Meredith – Chief Experience & Engineering Officer, Kaelo
  • Simphiwe Mamvura – Managing Director, Maponya 911 EMS
  • Nosiphiwo Mzamo – Manager, Mintek
  • Dr Sibongile Vilakaz – CEO, Ntsikelelo Business Solutions
  • Diksha Pillay – Global Lead Digital & Data Operations, Anglo American GSS
  • Keamogetswe Matsho – CEO, Aqua Air Africa
  • Brigitte Chetty – Group Professional Services Executive, Blue Label Telecoms
  • Dipuo Phakathi – CEO, Cabinet Connexion trading as Denic Cabinets
  • Philile Mabolloane – Chief Revenue Officer, Juta and Company
  • Angela -Mc Cann – Head of Marketing, M4Jam South Africa
  • Philippa Dods – Marketing Manager, Meltwater
  • Charné Karaolis – Managing Director, MSHEQ Health & Safety Consultants
  • Farah Bibi Moosa – Managing Director, Neon Hive Managment
  • Shannon Bold – Acting Head: Economics, Public Investment Corporation
  • Nompendulo Pearl More – CFO, Pule Incorporated
  • Nadina Singh – Supply Chain and Procurement Expert, Tetrapak South Africa
  • Dr. Puleng Makhoalibe – Adjunct Faculty at Henley Business School, Henley Business School
  • Pearl Motaung- Mlangeni – Deputy General Manager, Tsogo Sun
  • Khosi Tyobeka – CEO, Zimasa Travel
  • Georgina Midley – CEO, M4Jam
  • Mimi Kalinda – CEO, Africa Communications Media Group
  • Sharon Isaacs – CEO, Amabamba Fencing
  • Zeenat Ghoor – CEO, Aspire Consulting
  • Maria Ntombana Tivane – CEO, Mikvut Transport and Property Maintenance
  • Refilwe Sebothoma – CEO, PBM Group
  • Celeste Margo Le Roux – CEO, React24
  • Patricia Schröder – Managing Director, Reclite SA
  • Ingrid Osborne – CEO, Saryx
  • Sylvia Schutte – Managing Director, Stratitude
  • Aletta Plomp – Managing Director, Triplo4 Sustainaible Solutions
  • Lebogang Bridget Zulu – Managing Director, Tshitshirisang Construction & Projects
  • Lauren Dallas – Co-Founder & CEO, Future Females
  • Jacqueline Aylett – CEO & Founder, Flexiroam Africa (Pty) Ltd

  • Santhri Naidu – Managing Director, Blue Falcon Aviation
  • Rashmee Ragaven – Director : Advanced Manufacturing, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition
  • Gcobisa Mashegoana – Senior Project Manager, Eskom Holdings SOC
  • Shannon Bold – Acting Head: Economics, Public Investment Corporation
  • Bryne Maduka – Director, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

  • Khuselwa Mtetwa – CEO, ALCM Solutions
  • Maureen Grosvenor – Director Custom Applications, Groklub
  • Mushfiqoh Samodien – Business Director, Aspire Solutions Pty Ltd
  • Anujah Bosman – CEO, Chilli Soft
  • Venisha Nayagar – Managing Director, CRYPT IT Information Security
  • Marilyn Radebe – CEO, Soma Solutions
  • Nadina Singh – Supply Chain and Procurement Expert, Tetrapak South Africa
  • Jacqueline Aylett – CEO & Founder, Flexiroam Africa (Pty) Ltd

  • Dirusha Ganapathy Juta – Founder and Managing Director, Beyond Transform
  • Shaista Rahman – CEO & Founder, Techfinlegal (Pty) Ltd

  • Motshidisi Mokwena – Head Reputation & Regulartory Affairs, Coca – Cola Beverages
  • John Jutzen – Group Chief Executive Officer, Kaelo
  • Corrie van der Wath – CEO, Matleng Energy Solutions
  • Bashier Adam – CEO, Nexia SAB&T
  • Annette van Zyl – Marketing and Communications Manager, Bigen Africa
  • Santhri Naidu – Managing Director, Blue Falcon Aviation
  • Lynette Magasa – CEO, Boniswa Corporate Solutions
  • Arthee Rajkumar – Senior Management, Curro Holdings
  • Natasha Parmanand – MD Legal FedEx Express Sub Sahara Africa, FedEx Express
  • Evelyn Vanassche – Head of Cluster Recruitment, Fempower
  • Lynn Madeley – CEO, Havas
  • Simphiwe Mamvura – Managing Director, Maponya 911 EMS
  • Bianca Shakinovsky – CEO, Pentafloor
  • Carol Weaving – Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions
  • Yael Geffen – CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty
  • Priakumari Hassan – CEO, WOA FUELS AND OILS CC
  • Magda Wierzycka – Joint Chief Executive Officer, Sygnia
  • Anthea Meredith – Chief Experience & Engineering Officer, Kaelo
  • Clicks Group Limited
  • Johannesburg Stock Exchange
  • Nexia SAB&T
  • Unilever
  • Ethekwini Municipality
  • Freedom Park
  • Gautrain Management Agency
  • Public Investment Corporation
  • Road Accident Fund
  • Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

 

  • Unilever
  • Tetrapak South Africa
  • Seymore Du Toit and Basson
  • The Unlimited Child
  • Good Work Foundation
  • Cell C
  • Unilever
  • Nsovo Environmental Consulting
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Good Work Foundation
  • TATA Consultancy Services SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Chilli Soft
  • React24
  • SkillStrain Distribution
  • Future Females
  • Beyond Transform
  • ALCM Solutions
  • Lenovo SA
  • TATA Consultancy Services SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Techfinlegal (Pty) Ltd
  • Tshitshirisang Construction & Projects
  • Nsovo Environmental Consulting
  • Triplo4 Sustainaible Solutions
  • FedEx Express
  • Blue Falcon Aviation
  • Adcock Ingram Holdings
  • Clicks Group Limited
  • WOA FUELS AND OILS CC

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Top Women Judges

Veronica Motloutsi

Founder | Smart Digital  

Kobus Maree

Managing Director | Savino Del Bene  

Liz King

Managing Director | Mott MacDonald 

Mpumi Zikalala

Managing Director | De Beers    

Busi Selesho

CEO | IST Solutions (Money Coach) 

Deidre Mitchell

Founder | Honeycomb BEE 

Theo Pouroullis

CEO | Manhattan Corp 

Zandile Mkwanazi

Chairperson | GirlCode 

Prathna Singh

Managing Director | Accenture      

Siphumelele Nhlapo

Human Resources Director | Schneider Electric   

Mohammed Akoojee

CEO | Imperial Logistics 

Sobantu Tilayi

Acting CEO | SAMSA

Kutoane Kutoane

CEO | ECIC

Maredi Thema

CEO | Maredi Technologies     

Videsha Proothveerajh

CEO & Chairperson of the Board | Lexis Nexis

2020

Awards Categories 

Organisational Awards

award: Top Gender-empowered Organisation

Resources

Open to all mining, oil, gas and alternative energy companies that have a significant and growing number of women succeeding at all levels of management within the company.

Retail & E-Commerce

This award recognises the companies of retail and e-commerce brands, e-commerce platforms and retail publications to make the world a better place. Initiatives may include sustainable business practices, raising awareness or funds for a cause, launching social good marketing campaigns or promoting volunteer programs both internally and externally. Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Tourism

Independent hotels, hotel chains, gaming and leisure resorts, exhibition and conference facilities, restaurant and pub holding companies, airlines, and on- and offline agents where women are driving growth and expansion will be considered for this award.

Health & Pharmaceutical

Hospitals, medical suppliers, pharmaceutical firms, biotechnology firms, spas and alternative healthcare companies that can demonstrate a healthy level of gender empowerment at all levels are invited to enter this category.

Transport

This category is open to airlines and airports; rail, road and freight operations; shipping and ports managers; import and export businesses; as well as alternative transport and logistics companies that have displayed an improvement in gender empowerment.

Energy & Utilities

This category is open to organisations creating energyinnovative or -alternative products, process-throughdesign improvements, source reduction, or energy or emissions reduction products that result in a reduced environmental impact while also empowering women.

Construction & Infrastructure Development

Open to organisations in construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, engineering and other manufacturing concerns, this category recognises gender-strong organisations involved in the innovative, sustainable and efficient development that promotes business operations & economic growth.

Biodiversity, Conservation & Environmental Management

This category is open to women-led organisations that provide a product, service or programme that supports the growth of the Green Economy in South Africa b facilitating access to biodiversity data, and coordinating and interpreting such knowledge and evidence to support biodiversity policies and decisions. Organisations supporting the conservation of biodiversity in South Africa’s national parks and botanical gardens will also be considered.

Information & Communications Technology

Organisations involved in information technology hardware, software, fintech and computing service industries that are able to show women making strides through tech-based application and innovation may enter this category.

Public Sector

Reserved for parastatals, state-owned enterprises, government departments and municipalities, this category recognises the body with the highest level of gender empowerment, from staff to suppliers, through their programmes and policies. High levels of service delivery to the people of South Africa is a supporting factor.

Fast-growth Women-owned SMME

Small, medium or micro-sized enterprises operating only in South Africa with an annual turnover of R5- to R35-million are eligible to enter this category. These companies must demonstrate success in empowering women in the workplace and must have seen significant growth over a three-year period.

Diversity in the Workplace

Multicultural and notably gender-empowered organisations demonstrating preferential recruitment policies and skills development programmes that have championed female representation in the workplace will be considered for this award category.

Youth Development

Focusing on intensive learnership and skills development programmes that increase the capability of and opportunities for women, this category assesses how entrants are broadening women’s career prospects.

Corporate Citizenship

Organisations demonstrating the greatest positive impact on quality of life and economic prosperity for South African women and girls may enter this category. The impact these efforts have had on building a gender-empowered culture within the organisation will also be assessed.

Skills Development

Focusing on intensive learnership and skills development programmes that increase the capability of and opportunities for women, this category assesses how entrants are broadening women’s career prospects.

Business of the Year

This most prestigious award is conferred upon the organisation that demonstrates exceptional practices, primarily in the HR or transformation divisions of the company. Those in contention must demonstrate processes, policies and procedures that ensure the employment of women, increase their skills development, provide a clear path for their advancement, and position themselves as a powerhouse at the forefront of gender empowerment.

Individual Awards

Top Woman in Aviation

Women providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for females striving to establish fulfilling careers in the challenging aviation and aerospace industries are eligible to enter this category.

Top Women in Property

Female residential and commercial property executives operating in all sectors of the property and real estate industry who have demonstrated the ability to steer their business through turbulent times and apply their business acumen to keep the organisation afloat.

Top Women in Science

Top female executives who have demonstrated admirable leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight that has driven exceptional performance in health and science may be nominated in this category. Women from the medical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, engineering, chemistry and other scientific fields may enter.

Top Women in ICT

Women using technology to enable development and innovation, create employment, uplift other women and equip society at large with the skills necessary to function in the Fourth Industrial Revolution are invited to enter this category.

Top Women Public Sector Leader

This category is open to women working in the public sector who have demonstrated excellence in performance and delivery; and who have raised the visibility of women in government.

Top Gender-empowered Individual: Male Driving Gender Empowerment

Reserved for the male executive, leader or CEO who has been implementing and achieving gender empowerment initiatives, policies and programmes, and who can demonstrate the growth and success generated by his vision.

Top Woman Young Achiever

Candidates in this category will be recognised for their contribution to the economy and growing employment in their enterprises. These women under 40 have contributed to their organisation’s positive success and performance through innovative strategies and solutions.

Top Woman Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs at the helm of companies with a turnover of R5- to R35-million who embody excellence, ingenuity and integrity are eligible to enter this category.

Businesswoman of the Year

Senior women executives who have shown exceptional performance, astute leadership, business acumen and strategic foresight in gender empowerment are invited to enter this category.

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Testimonials 

I would like to express my deepest appreciation from the bottom of my heart to Standard Bank and Topco Media for the recognition. It was a fabulous event and it is indeed fulfilling to see women thriving. Thank you for making me a part of the event and for awarding me with a lifetime achievement.

– Yvonne Chaka Chaka, South African Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Entrepreneur, Humanitarian and Top Women Ambassador

I can never thank you enough for the award that I won many years ago – Businesswoman of the Year (2013). It motivated me to work harder and, not only that, it was that award which led the World Trade Organisation to notice my name on Google. It has opened many doors. Today I serve as a B20 Germany co-Chair, under jurisdiction of the WTO. I really appreciate the recognition you are giving to women.

– Lynette Magase, CEO, Boniswa Corporate Solutions

My passion, commitment and contribution to the empowerment of women in South Africa led to me being the recipient of the Top Women Executive First Runner up in the Standard Bank Top Women Awards. This award has afforded me a greater platform to enhance my existing initiatives and develop new initiatives. It has also given me an opportunity to have a greater reach into our communities and also contribute to a changed perception of women in my workplace and beyond. I define success as “using your power to change lives for the better, to empower and inspire women to greatness”.

– Shaleenah Marie, Learning & Education Manager, Siemens

Over the last couple of years we have participated in Standard Bank Top Women Awards to get a check of how we compare with similar or like-minded companies. We have been hugely gratified that the thorough and rigorous evaluation process undertaken in the Awards process has found our company worthy of the award. This has given us the confidence in our strategies and plans. We can proudly and unapologetically display our transformation credentials including this award. The result is that we are a respected good corporate citizen because we have objective confirmation from a third party that what we do in the empowerment space has an impact and makes a difference in the economy. The awards ceremony provide a wonderful opportunity to be celebrated as a company that is committed to the realization of an inclusive economy. We are proud to have been recognised among the top companies that do this year-in and year-out.

– Dr Jerry Gule, Former General Manager, Total Sa (Pty) Ltd

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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

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