STANDARD BANK RISING STAR AWARDS

Winners of the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards Announced!

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The Sandton Hilton set the scene for an awards evening to top all others last night – after a long and vigorous process, the winners of the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards were announced.

The awards are for young, talented employees (our future CEOs) in the 28-40 year age category and the winners are:

  • Banking & Financial Services, sponsored By Standard Bank

Winner: Kenneth Kayser, ABSA

The 5 Banking & Financial Services finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Ashia Bowers and Francois Mellors-Hefer, Standard Bank; Kenneth Kayser, ABSA; Yameer Mahomed, Finbond Mutual Bank; Lesego Sebuelo, Telesure.

  • Construction & Engineering, sponsored by ArcelorMittal SA

Winner: Tafadzwa Mukwena, Bigen Africa

The 5 Construction & Engineering finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Construction & Engineering finalists. These are: Jan Harm Steenkamp, Esor Construction; Tafadzwa Mukwena, Bigen Africa; Sabata Malope Nyeleti Consulting; Gwaba Melody Botya, Transnet Capital Projects; Xolani Phakati,Transnet Engineering.

  • Energy & Environment, sponsored by Sasol

Winner: Popi Elizabeth Melato, Eskom

The 5 Energy & Environment finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Mashudu Ndou and Bheki Gazu, Sasol; Unathi Thango, Shelley George and Popi Elizabeth Melato, Eskom.

  • Entrepreneur

Winner: Nonala Tose, Nonala Tose Productions

The 5 Entrepreneur finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Refilwe Mochoari, Bo-Esi Media; Claudette Lingenfelder, Beauty Beyond by Claudette; Serame Jacobs, Noaves Pty Ltd International Freight; Thulisile Mdluli, Prologue Consulting; Nanala Tose, Nonala Tose Productions. 

  • ICT (Telecomms & Technology), sponsored by Vodacom

Winner: Zjaèn Coetzee, Telkom

The 5 ICT (Telecomms & Technology) finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Hanlie de Bod, Britehouse - a Division of Dimension Data; Khetha Majozi, UCS-Solutions; Samantha Cammarata and Zjaèn Coetzee, Telkom; Refilwe Nkabinde, BCX.

  • Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG

Winner: Alicia Moodley, ArcelorMittal SA

The 5 Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Lenesh Singh, Mr Price Group; Alicia Moodley, ArcelorMittal SA; Rishav Saikoolal and Lester Ross, Aberdare Cables; Conway Maluleke, Iveco South Africa.

  • Media & Advertising, sponsored by Careers24

Winner: Asanda Sizani, Ndalo Media

The 5 Media & Advertising finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Carla Harris, Global Access; Talita Myburgh, Grey Advertising; Craig Groenewald and Luthando Tshaya, Okuhle Media; Asanda Sizani, ELLE - Ndalo Media.

  • Mining & Minerals

Winner: Razia Adam, Sasol Mining

The 5 Mining & Minerals finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Razia Adam and Veli Sibiya, Sasol Mining; Catharina Kotze, Assmang Khumani Iron Ore; Pierre Prinsloo, Anglo American Platinum; Mangaliso Sethethi, Exxaro Resources.

  • Professional Services, sponsored by PwC

Winner: Talia Lancaster, IQ Business

The 5 Professional Services finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Talia Lancaster, IQ Business; Africa Nkosi, Khonology; Megan Nicholas, Hogan Lovells South Africa, Jenita De Sousa, PwC, and Katrine Lategan, Arup.

  • Service: Public & Private

Winner: Loyiso Magqi, CSIR

The 5 Service: Public & Private finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Lesedi Kopano Aphiri, SANAS; Prof. Khumbulani Mpofu, Tshwane University of Technology, Vuyo Landa, Centre for Moral Value & Justice; Loyiso Magqi, CSIR; Jillian January, City of Jo’burg.

  • Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide

Winner: Thozama Mali, Conrad Pezula Hotel

The 5 Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Christine Ndlovu and Nomcebo Tembe, Hilton Hotel; Thozama Mali, Conrad Pezula Hotel; Mpho Rambau, South African Airways; Siyathemba Nhlakanipho Mbambo, The Blue Train. 

  • Transport, Logistics & Security, sponsored by Transnet

Winner: Christopher van der Merwe, Bolloré Logistics

The 5 Transport, Logistics & Security finalists for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards are: Sean Mcghee, DHL International; Dineo Msomi, CHEP; Christopher van der Merwe, Bolloré Logistics; Fhatuwani Nephawe and Kenneth Williams, Transnet Freight Rail.

Headline sponsor Standard Bank is a proud supporter of Rising Star, and has shown their commitment to developing young talent in their own sector through various initiatives. “We are always impressed with the young talent coming through the Rising Star programme, and we know that this year’s winners will go on to do great things,” said Standard Bank’s Global Head of Resourcing, Amelia Muller. “Every single one of these winners deserves their spot on the podium, and has worked hard to be here. Their futures are in their hands, and many opportunities now lie before them for growth, development and achievement.”

The awards were well-attended, with representatives from every industry excited to see which winner would represent their industry this year. Hosted by MC, Joey Rasdien, the evening was opened by the Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Ms Tokozile Xasa, who encouraged this year’s Rising Stars to soar to great heights, but to always remain grounded and remember the lessons learned by those who came before them. Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership SA, was keynote speaker congratulating and uplifting the young people of our country.

The past five years have seen these awards grow from strength to strength, each year identifying, recognising and celebrating the young talent that South Africa has to offer. “We were thrilled to see the calibre of entrants this year – I am encouraged by the talent coming through the ranks across all industries in South Africa,” said Laura Barker, Managing Director of BlackBark Productions, organisers of the Rising Star Programme. “It has been wonderful to walk the journey with this year’s entrants, through the decision rounds and now to see them honoured as winners. I am proud of each and every one of them!”

The evening was a night to remember, for none more so than this year’s winners. “I’d like to congratulate each and every winner here tonight, you are all an inspiration to young, talented individuals all around the country,” said Barker. “I look forward to working with you in the Rising Star network and programme, and seeing you grow into even bigger successes!”

STANDARD BANK RISING STAR AWARDS SPONSORS

Sponsors for the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards include Standard Bank, ArcelorMittal SA, Sasol, Vodacom, Transnet, Hilton Worldwide, Careers24, PwC, Upstage, Citizen Ecowatches, University of  Pretoria, Upstage Productions and Mulderbosch wines.

Careers24 sponsored the Media and Advertising category and ICT category judge, Head of Careers24, Mark Kritzinger, had this to say about the Awards: “We believe that this Continent has enormous potential and that finding the right job is a powerful lever to improving people’s lives. The Rising Star Programme and the winners of each of these categories have shown us exactly how powerful. We look forward to watching the rise of all the winners.”

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