Top Women Awards

20 Judges

800 Attendees

24 Award Categories

20 August 2020 | Emperors Palace

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. Enter for or sponsor your chosen award – or book your VIP table to share in the excitement and inspiration.

5 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.

Take part in the 2020 Top Women Awards Here

Entry Option

Showcase your Gender Empowerment

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



2020 Headline Sponsor




2020 Award Sponsors



2020 Media Partners


Meet Our Esteemed Judges for 2020

Kobus Maree

Managing Director at Savino Del Bene

Veronica Motloutsi

Founder of Smart Digital

Liz King

Managing Director at Mott MacDonald

Shirley Machaba


Jeanett Modise

HR & Corporate Service at Sanlam

Busi Selesho

CEO of IST Solutions (Money Coach)

Theo Pouroullis

CEO of Manhattan Corp

Prathna Singh

Director of Accenture

Mohammed Akoojee

CEO of Imperial Logistics

Siphumelele Nhlapo

Schneider Electric

Mpumi Zikalala

Managing Director at De Beers

Sobantu Tilayi


Kutoane Obed Kutoane

CEO - Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa

Awards Categories 2020 

Organisation Awards

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Sponsored by

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.

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 by 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.

Sponsored by

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.

Small, medium or micro-sized enterprises operating only in South Africa with an annual turnover of R5- toR35-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.

Sponsored by

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.

Sponsored by

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.

Individual Awards

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.

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 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.

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.

Sponsored by

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.

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.

Sponsored by

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.


Sponsored by

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.

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

Winners 2019

Caster Semenya



Sibongile Security Services


Bigen Group


South African Civil Aviation Authority
SNG Grant Thornton

 Old Mutual

Sponsored by

Evelyn Vanassche – Fempower Personnel

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Zeenat Ghoor Karrim – Aspire Consulting Engineers

Sponsored by

Mariam Cassim – Vodacom

HR Company Solutions

Sponsored by

Ogilvy South Africa

Sponsored by

Small Enterprise Development Agency

Sponsored by

Lentheng Mekgwe – Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Ulana van Biljon – Emira Property Fund

Sponsored by

Keolebogile Shirley Motaung – Tshwane University of Technology

Sponsored by

uShaka Marine World

Sponsored by

Cell C

Sponsored by

Veronica Motloutsi – Smart Digital Solutions

Clicks Group


Velaphi Ratshefola – Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa

Sponsored by

De Beers

Sponsored by

Nsovo Environmental Consulting

FedEx Express

Francine Zana – Exclusive Hospitality Concept

Sponsored by

Matleng Energy Solutions

Sponsored by

AV Light Steel

Sponsored by

Mary Twala

Finalists 2019

Sponsored by

Jasandra Nyker – BioTherm Energy

Evelyn Vanassche – Fempower Personnel

Mamokgethi Phakeng – University of Cape Town

Zuks Ramasia – South African Airways

Lesley Waterkeyn – CWDi

Palesa Madumo – Vuma Reputation Management

Mayiye Elizabeth Mkhize – Clinix Health Group

Shannon te Roller – Mundipharma

Caroline Shirindza- Sasol Mining

Esther Wilken – Power Matla

Busisiwe Mavuso – Business Leadership South Africa

Lynn Madeley – Havas

Thokozile Mahlangu – The Insurance Institute of South Africa

Vanashree Michelle David – Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa Inc

Priakumari Hassan – WOA Fuels and Oils

Carol Weaving – Reed Exhibitions

Nisha MacDougall – Mercure Nelspruit Hotel

Bridgitte Backman – Distell Limited

Sponsored by

Zeenat Ghoor – Aspire Consulting Engineers

Khuselwa Mtetwa – ALCM Solutions

Madelein Smit – HR Company Solutions

Carmen Di Rito – LifeCo UnLtd

Phindi Msomi – Olwazini Consulting Services

Mimi Kalinda – Africa Communications Media Group

Nelisiwe Magubane – Matleng Energy Solutions

Polo Leteka – IDF Capital

Sponsored by

Refilwe Sebothoma – PBM Creations

Pearl Motaung – Tsogo Sun

Hwalani Lindelani Mabaso – Absa Insurance and Financial Advisers

Nirakasha Sookraj-Yagan – Bidvest South African Container Depots

Johanne Struwig – Exxaro

Nicolene Schoeman – Louw – SchoemanLaw Inc

Busisiwe Mkhumbuzi Pooe – Tshimong

Mariam Cassim – Vodacom

Ashleigh Wilson – NGAGE

Mahlatse Masimini – Moshate Communications

Zandile Nxumalo – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Ashanika Perimal – FedEx Express

Philippa Dods – Meltwater

African Management Initiative

HR Company Solutions

Nkgwete IT Solutions

People Solutions

PBM Creations

Sustainable Energy Africa

Clover Mama Afrika

PM Skills House L and D


Sponsored by

Ogilvy South Africa

South African Airways

Havas Worldwide

Rand Merchant Bank


IDF Capital

Sponsored by

Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Freedom Park

National Youth Development Agency

Small Enterprise Development Agency

Road Accident Fund

Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Eskom Holdings SOC

Sponsored by

Mandisa Tshikwatamba – Small Enterprise Development Agency

Thandeka Ellenson – Moses Kotani Institute

Jennifer Balatedi Molwantwa – Inkomati-Usuthu Catchment Management Agency

Sumayya Khan – Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa

Lentheng Mekgwe – Gauteng Provincial Legislature

Thulisile Manzini – Brand South Africa

Sonto Mayise – Durban KwaZulu-Natal Convention Bureau

Koliswa Mgijima – Mandela Bay Development Agency

Patricia de Lille – Department of Public Works and Infrastructure

Ulana van Biljon – Emira Property Fund

Dina Soukop – Soukop Property Group

Vuyiswa Mutshekwane – South African Institute of Black Property Practinioners

Sandi Mbutuma – GIBB

Marianka Victor – Finlay Mall Leasing

Sponsored by

Resia Pretorius – Stellenbosch University

Azwihangwisi Helen Mavhandu-Mudzusi – University of South Africa

Saloshna Vandeyar – University of Pretoria

Colleen Downs – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Nosiphiwo Mzamo – Mintek

Keolebogile Shirley Motaung – Tshwane University of Technology

Zandile Nxumalo – Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

Matsela Ntsepe – Palabora Mining Company

Sponsored by

BCD Travel

XL Millennium Travel

uShaka Marine World

City Lodge Hotel Group

Thompsons Travel

Gold Circle

Mercure Nelspruit Hotel

Sponsored by

Cell C

De Beers Group


Sponsored by

Maureen Grosvenor – APPSolve

Veronica Motloutsi – Smart Digital Solutions

Khuselwa Mtetwa – ALCM Solutions

Nyaradzai Samushonga – WeThinkCode

Khathu Sibanda – University of Johannesburg


Clicks Group

Sechaba Medical Solutions



KZN Oils

WOA Fuels and Oils

Rhimak Holdings

Sponsored by

Turner & Townsend

Sasol Mining

De Beers


Gold Circle


Sponsored by

Nsovo Environmental Consulting

Green Building Council South Africa

South African National Parks


Commuter Transport Engineering

uShaka Marine World

Coca-Cola Beverages South African

City Lodge Hotel Group

Clicks Group


FedEx Express

Francine Zana – Exclusive Hospitality Concept

Kedibone Tsiloane – Ramtsilo Trading

Lucia Mabunda – Little Harvard Kids Academy

Yandisa Sokhanyile – Konecta

Lynette Johnson – House of Basadi

Mamokiba Makuwa – TKY Trading

Sponsored by

Rhimak Holdings

AV Light Steel


Khulani Trading

The Standard Bank Top Women Award Categories

Meet Our Esteemed Judges for 2019

Baldwin Matsimela

Government Employee Medical Scheme

Keitumetse Lebaka

Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authroity

Phillip Tshikotshi

Aegis Global

Shashi Hansjee


Ineeleng Molete

Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority

Mohale Ralebitso

Itataise Investments

Abigail Khuluse


Tumi Menyatswe


Nonkululeko Gobodo

Nonkululeko Leadership Consulting

Buyani Zwane

Gordon Institute of Business Science

Vino Govender

LA Consulting Engineers

Sifiso Falala

Plus 94 Research

Tollo Nkosi

Umso Construction

Kate Moodley

Discovery Consulting Services

Laurie Less

Film and Publication Board

Tollo Nkosi

Umso Construction

Mmasane Kukama


Mandlakazi Sigcawu

British American Tobacco

Nthabiseng Moleko

Commission for Gender Equality

Standard Bank Top Women Sponsors & Partners

Headline Sponsor

Award Sponsors


Strategic Partner



Media Partner


Awards Lifestyle Partner

Travel Partner

Premium Lifestyle Partner


Breakaway Sponsors

Table Sponsor

The Standard Bank Top Women regional conferences: Giving Entrepreneurs access to markets

For women entrepreneurs, the biggest barrier to success is usually not business intelligence or innovative business models, but simply access to trade or markets – They have products and services but WHERE and HOW do they find opportunities to gain more clients and market share – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally? Big corporates have recently been mandated through B-BEE and Supplier Development funding to start doing more business with black women owned suppliers. If South Africa’s entrepreneurial women can open up such opportunities their productivity will soar, job creation will increase and their success will ripple outwards into the wider economy.

The national Standard Bank Top Women Conference takes place in Johannesburg every August – but calls have come in from thousands of women around the country, who want to participate and boost their business prospects. Now, regional Top Women Conferences will travel to four key regions in the coming months, to reach out to entrepreneurial women in Cape Town, P.E, KZN and Limpopo, who can look forward to hearing first-hand from successful Top Women Awards winners. Attendees will come away with a new game plan for success, based on the personal journeys related by these women leaders – and a clearer idea of where and how to grow their own businesses.

Celebrating visionary organisations that prioritise gender empowerment as integral to their strategy for growth and success.

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