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Top Women Awards: A key empowerment opportunity for women in business

In a world of gender imbalance in the boardroom, women can still show up with confidence, control, and authority.
Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media
Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media
While the numbers on women in business may appear to be encouraging, it is evident that there is still a long way to go. There are many barriers that prevent women from completely empowering themselves, some of which arise from concerns that have traditionally taken root in the minds of many. Recognising them aids in their eradication.

“Empowerment is an ongoing process,” says Ralf Fletcher, CEO of Topco Media, organiser of the annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. “This entails questioning long-held cultural conventions that are detrimental to women. Empowerment campaigns also push for changes in laws and practices that are discriminatory or unjust to women.”

Are you ready to highlight your gender empowerment?

The prestigious Standard Bank Top Women Awards, taking place on 10 November 2022, recognise and honour outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision, and innovation in organisations that help women rise to the top of the economic ladder.

“If you are a businesswoman, it is time to take more firm steps toward your empowerment,” says Fletcher. “And if you have women on your team, it is your responsibility to foster a culture that supports their participation in your company or organisation. Empowering yourself and/or others helps to expand your business, the economy, and the establishment of more diverse and inclusive workplaces.”

Featuring corporate and individual 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.

“Today's empowered woman is tomorrow's leader for change,” emphasises Fletcher.

Reasons to enter

As a business leader, you know recognition is important. Award and quality marks can improve your organisation's reputation and set you apart from the competition. They can also increase morale by highlighting your employees' accomplishments. Here are five more reasons to participate in this year's Top Women Awards:

  • 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 terrific 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 businesspeople who are enthusiastic about gender empowerment.

Enter the Top Women Awards today.

Looking back at the 2021 Standard Bank Top Women Awards

The 18th annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards, which aimed to bridge the gap between the public and private sectors, took place on the evening of 4 November 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.

Previous winners have gone on to achieve greater success such as representing the country at a UN level. Sponsors included Servest, SANBI, and Boschendal.

To see the full list of Top Women Past Winners and finalists, visit https://www.topbusinesswomen.co.za/awards/

Winners

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: Unilever

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: Resources, Construction & Infrastructure – sponsored by TEG Group: Turner & Townsend

Top Women in Property Award: Lettie Mashau, Motheo Construction Group

Top Women Empowered Company in Youth Development: Unilever

Top Women Empowered Company: Public Sector Award – sponsored by Public Sector Leaders: National Agricultural Marketing Council

Top Women Empowered Company: Health & Pharmaceutical Award: Adcock Ingram

Top Women Empowered Company: Biodiversity, Conservation & Environmental – sponsored by SANBI: Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions

Top Women Empowered Company: Retail & E-commerce Award: Vodacom

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

Enter the Top Women Awards today.

2021 Top Women Finalists

Top Businesswoman of The Year:

Founder & CEO, Annette Stewart – Stewart Attorneys

Group CEO, Charmaine Mabuza – Ithuba Holdings

CEO, Emma Mashilwane – Masa Risk Advisory

Deputy CEO, Janine George – Carrol Boyes

CEO, Leila Fourie – Johannesburg Stock Exchange

CEO, Lyn Mansour – KLM Empowered

SA country director, Melicia Labuschagne – Liqui Moly

Acting assistant GM, Mpho Modisane – Airports Company Sa

Head of Digital Africa Solutions, Pamela Mkhize – Enel Green

ME, Priya Thakoor – Vodacom

CEO, Parmi Natesan – Institute of Directors in South Africa

Commercial director, Rumisha Motilal – Gilbarco

CEO, Sholain Perumal – The Gold Bar

CEO, Wendy Alberts – Restaurant Association of South Africa

Top Woman Young Achiever – sponsored by Boschendal:

Co-founder & managing director, Alexandra Miszewski – Novita Biotechnology

MD Farah Moosa – Neonhive Management

Founder Innocentia Mahlangu – Hatch & Shengineers

Senior account manager, Lerato Chiyangwa – Apo Group

Fleet Business head, Lizelle Erasmus – Tiauto Investment

Contract manager, Mampho Sotshongaye – Golden Rewards

Section manager, Mogaleadi Seabela – Anglo American

Supply chain procurement expert, Nadina Singh – Tetrapak

Marketing director, Natasha Maharaj – Distell

Director, Nosihle Mngqibisa – UCT Shawco Law

Founder & CEO, Pretty Ndlovu – Virtuoso Digital Agency

Executive director Raksha Naidoo – Synerlytic Analytical Services

CEO Sma Mathibeli – Calvin & Family

Head of Marketing & Consumer Experience, Charmagne Mavudzi – Volvo Sa

Project manager, Kamva Donah Makabane – Cisco Systems

Founder & executive director, Marie Sebueng – Iams Powerhouse

Founder & principal, Renisha Bhima – Bonalesedi College

Founder, Noli Mini – Relax Spa

Diversity In the Workplace – Sponsored by Servest:

Ethekwini Municipality

Gilbarco

Global Business Solutions

Seymore Du Toit And Basson

Tetrapak

Turner & Townsend

Unilever

Skills Development – Sponsored by Ekurhuleni West Tvet College:

Ekurhuleni East Tvet College

Goodwork Foundation

KLM Empowered

Mancosa

The Skills Development Corporation

Total Facilities Management

Tsebo Group Holdings

Career Box

Top Woman Entrepreneur – Sponsored by Standard Bank:

CEO, Asima Haroon Joosub – Aj5d Projects

Founder & CEO, Helen Seymour - Nephro Best Dialysis

Founder, Marie Sebueng - Iams Powerhouse Consulting

Founder, Mbali Bhengu – Mindswitch

Founder, Nelisiwe Radebe – Nelly Projects

Founder, Noli Mini - Relax Spa

Founder, Nomalanga Sitole - The Voice Within

CEO, Nomazibulo Tshanga - Ziyana Consulting

Founder & principal, Renisha Bhima - Bonalesedi College

Founder & MD, Sally Acton - Torque Solutions

CEO, Thandeka Ndlovu-Mngomezulu - Total Facilities Management

Founder & MD, Thandeka Nombanjinji-Nzama - Mbokodo Building

Founder & MD, Tshego Kekana - Alfa Destiny Communications

CEO, Xoliswa Daku - Daku Group

Top Woman in Public Sector Leader – Sponsored by Motheo Tvet College:

Assistant director, Chantelle Strauss – Department of Small Business Development

Deputy director: Resource Based Industries, Dr Nthabiseng Maude Mthetwa – Department of Trade, Industry and Competition

Senior manager – Portfolio Delivery, Gcobisa Mashegoana – Eskom

GM: Risk Management, Mpho Modisane – Airports Company Sa

Council member, Shandini Naidoo – National Agricultural Marketing Council

Acting chief officer, Sonto Mayise – KZN Convention Bureau

Executive manager, Viwe Mgedezi – Gautrain Management Agency

PR councillor, Kekeletso Mahlelebe – Democratic Alliance

CRO, Yvonne Mothibi

Top Woman in Tech:

Senior account manager, Lerato Chiyangwa – Apo Group

MD Linda Botha – Skillstrain Distribution

CEO Marilyn Radebe –Soma Solutions

Business director, Mushfiqoh Samodien – Aspire Solutions

IT Systems manager, Nolwazi Mfingwana Moepeng – Mancosa

Founder, Pretty Ndlovu – Virtuoso Digital Agency

ME, Priya Thakoor – Vodacom

ME, Alexa Terblanche – Exosystems

Top Women in Science:

MD Babalwa Fatyi – Myezo Environmental

Founder, Innocentia Mahlangu – Hatch & Shengineers

Section manager, Mogaleadi Seabela – Anglo American

Head of Africa Digital Solutions, Pamela Mkhize – Enel Green

Director, Phumzile Lembede – Emvelo Quality and Environmental

Executive director, Reyna Singh – Ng Global Energy Solutions

MD Simphiwe Mamvura – Maponya 911 Ems

Youth Development:

Goodwork Foundation

The Aurum Institute

The Skills Development Corporation

Unilever

Corporate Citizenship:

Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions

Tiauto Investment

Adcock Ingram

Ng Global Energy Solutions

Mdito Business Enterprise

Retail & E-commerce:

Carrol Boyes

Hirsch

Honey

The Gold Bar

The Regency Hotel

Vodacom

Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME:

Golden Rewards

Myezo Environmental

Nelly Projects

The Transformation Legacy

Torque Solutions

UCT Shawco Law

MKG Travel and Tourism

Resources, Construction & Infrastructure:

Motheo Construction Group

Synerlytic Analytical Services

Turner & Townsend

WOA Fuels & Oils

Aj5d Projects

Public Sector:

Ekurhuleni East Tvet College

Ethekwini Municipality

Gautrain Management Agency

National Agricultural Marketing Council

Health & Pharmaceutical:

Nephro Best Dialysis

Maponya 911 Ems

Adcock Ingram

The Aurum Institute

Top Woman in Property:

Founder Bella Mfenyana – Neatela Property

CEO Dina Soukop – Soukop Property

CEO Lettie Mashau – Motheo Construction Group

MD Nomawethu Bolane – The Regency Hotel

Principal, Thelma Ubisi – Thelma Properties

Top Male Driving Gender Empowerment:

MD Leon Hendricks – Dkl Group

CEO Theo Baloyi – Bathu

MD Velaphi Ratshefola – Coca-Cola South Africa

Top Women Business of The Year:

Daku Group

Institute Of Directors in South Africa

Ithuba Holdings

Restaurant Association of South Africa

Unilever

Vodacom

Mdito Business Enterprise

Biodiversity, Conservation & Environmental:

Novita Biotechnology

Nsovo Environmental Consulting

Triplo4 Sustainable Solutions


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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