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Women rising above the noise hailed at annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2022

Written by Editor

November 15, 2022

With over 700 attendees and a combination of over 30 phenomenal women across Africa and organisations advocating for gender equality and women empowerment that have been honoured for their work at the Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2022, the fastest growing gender-empowered awards platform took place on 10 November 2022 at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Under the theme, ‘Rise Above the Noise’, the programme was aimed at uplifting and celebrating companies and women that continue to do great work in their respective fields.

The awards come after a two-day virtual conference that was filled with insights, panel discussions and fire-side chats, as well as the EmpowHer masterclass of women who were also among the list of women nominated for the awards. Having received thousands of entries, the judges were tasked with a challenging job. Split into two, the Organisation Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of organisations striving to make the workplace supportive of women, while the Individual Awards recognise the achievements of individuals for the past 18 months of individual female entrepreneurs, executives, employees, as well as men driving gender empowerment.

Topco Media CEO Ralf Fletcher noted: “I am honoured to lead an organisation that prioritises female empowerment and celebrates those working toward the fifth UN Sustainable Development Goal, which is achieving gender equality by 2030. However, it goes without saying that this programme wouldn’t have been an achievement without the support of our partner, Standard Bank and sponsors who are also playing their part in uplifting African women.”

The esteemed list of category winners included:

Top Women Entrepreneur of the year 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank

Nomazibulo Tshanga – Ziyana Business Consulting & Training


Top Women Young Achiever 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank

 Precious Nala – Afrika Tikkun


Top Women EmpowHER Entrepreneur 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank  

Khayelitsha Cookies (Pty) Ltd


Top Women Business Leader of the year 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank  

Celiwe Ross – Old Mutual 


Standard Bank Employee Top Women Award 2022

Rose Kamene Gichuki, Standard Bank, Kenya 


Top Women in Public Sector Lifetime Achiever 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank 

Grace Naledi Pandor, Minister in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation


Top Women in Business Lifetime Achiever 2022 Sponsored by Standard Bank 

Gloria Tomatoe Serobe, Founding Member and Executive Director of WIPHOLD and Chief Executive Officer of Wipcapital.


Top Women Leader in STEM 2022

Seline van der Wat – hearX SA (Pty) Ltd


Top Women Leader in Property 2022

 Idwala Property Group – Nondumiso Mthwa 


Top Women Leader in Professional & Support Services 2022

BDO South Africa – Thuto Masasa 


Top Male Leader Driving Gender Empowerment 2022 Sponsored by MSC Cruises 

Abdul Majeed Dawood – Caltex Gateway 


Top Women Business in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2022 Sponsored by Kia South Africa



Top Women Owned Business SMME 2022 Sponsored by Uber

Ziyana Business Consulting and Training


Top Women Business of the Year 2022 



Top Women Business in Skills Development 2022 Sponsored by Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University



Top Women Business in Resources, Construction & Infrastructure Development 2022 Sponsored by Harmony Gold

Quantum Leap Investments 


Top Women Business in Corporate Citizenship 2022 Sponsored by Organon

Takealot Group


Top Women Business in Health & Pharmaceuticals 2022

Clicks Group Ltd 


Top Women Business in Youth Development 2022



Top Women Business in Biodiversity, Conservation & Environmental Management 2022 Sponsored by SANBI 



Top Women Business in Retail & E-Commerce 2022

Trade Intelligence


Top Women In Sport 2022 Sponsored by Mpumalanga Department of Sport & Recreation (For Team)

 Banyana Banyana


Top Women Leader In Sport 2022 Sponsored by Mpumalanga Department of Sport & Recreation (Individual) 

Desiree Ellis, Coach, Banyana Banyana  


Top Women Media Personality 2022 

Bonang Matheba


Top Women Leader in Public Sector 2022

Dr. Nthabiseng Maude Mthethwa – The dtic


Top Women Business in Public Service 2022

FoodBev Seta 


Top Women Leader in Transformation 2022 Sponsored by FSTC

Jade Wright-Komal – Unilever


Top Women Business Icons 2022 – An Honorary Legends of Empowerment and Transformation Award 


  • Webber Wentzel
  • Deloitte 
  • Fasset 
  • University of Mpumalanga 
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Accenture

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