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Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2021 winners announced

Topco Media is excited to announce the winners of this year's prestigious Standard Bank Top Women Awards. These annual awards recognise and honour outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in organisations that help women rise to the top of the economic ladder. Covering all key economic areas and recognising businesses at all levels, from SMME to national.
Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2021 winners announced

The 18th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards, which aimed to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors, was held on the evening of November 4, 2021. The awards recognise people who have had a considerable influence on women in South Africa by their unwavering vision and innovative leadership. Every year, about eight hundred critical decision-makers attend the ceremony.

“Together, we honour and applaud outstanding leadership, ingenuity, vision and innovation in organisations that play a significant role in advancing women in our economy. We believe that by empowering women, we can play our part in accelerating growth in Africa,” says Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media. “Thus far, we have brought together tens of thousands of strong women from multiple sectors across the nation, certifying more than 2,000 organisations annually as Top Women entities, and celebrating exemplary candidates each year at our coveted awards ceremony.”

Previous winners have gone on to achieve greater success such as representing the country at a UN level. To see the full list of finalists, visit

Sponsors this year included Servest, SANBI, and Boschendal.


Top Business Woman of the Year Award Sponsored by Standard Bank
Leila Fourie, Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Top Women Young Achiever Sponsored by Standard Bank
Charmagne Mavudzi, Volvo SA
Top Women Empowered Company: Diversity in the Workplace Sponsored by Servest
Top Women Business of the Year Award Sponsored by Boschendal
Institute of Directors in South Africa
Top Women Empowered Company: Skills Development Sponsored by Ekurhuleni West TVET College
The Skills Development Corporation
Top Women Public Sector Leader Award Sponsored by Motheo TVET College
Chantelle Martin Strauss, Department of Small Business Development
Top Women in Tech Award
Priya Thakoor, Vodacom
Top Women in Science Award
Mogaleadi Seabela, Anglo American
Top Women Empowered Company: Corporate Citizenship Award
Adcock Ingram
Top Women Empowered Company: Fast Growth Women-owned SMME
Torque Solutions
Top Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Thandeka Ndlovu-Mngomezulu, Total Serve Facilities Management
Top Women Empowered Company in Resources, Contstruction and Infrastructure Sponsored by TEG Group
Turner & Townsend
Top Women in Property Award
Lettie Mashau, Motheo Construction Group
Top Women Empowered Company in Youth Development
Top Women Empowered Company: Public Sector Award Sponsored by Public Sector Leaders
National Agricultural Marketing Council
Top Women Empowered Company in Health and Pharmaceuticals Award
Adcock Ingram
Top Women Empowered Company in Biodiversity, Conservation and Environmental Sponsored by Sanbi
Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions
Top Women Empowered Company in Retail and E-commerce Award
Top Women Lifetime Achievement Award
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
Top Women Lifetime Achievement Award
Irene Charnley 
Top Women in Sports Award
Tatjana Schoenmaker
Top Women in Sports Award
Kgothatso Montjane
Top Women in Sports Award
Bianca Buitendag
Topco Media
DYNAMIC BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS MEDIA Topco Media is one of South Africa's leading business-to-business media houses, producing high profile, relevant conferences and awards. Our conferences include Africa Tech Week, Standard Bank Top Women, Top Empowerment, Future of HR, National Business Awards and Future of Sustainability. We also produce authoritative and informative business and investment publications such as Top 500, Top Empowerment, Nelson Mandela 100 years to name a few.
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