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Ithuba’s Charmaine Mabuza: A woman with a cause

Ithuba’s Charmaine Mabuza: A woman with a cause

Charmaine Mabuza prefers to let her business talk for itself. However, when you become one of South Africa’s most prominent businesswomen and have an eye on Africa, keeping mum is not an option. Born and raised by her single mother in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal,...

Standard Bank, UN Women and CGE shines a light on female entrepreneurs

Standard Bank, UN Women and CGE shines a light on female entrepreneurs

The national project of gender empowerment driven by President Cyril Ramaphosa and the principles of the South African Constitution has received a regenerative boost of confidence and restored strength by the renewal of the partnership between headline sponsor Standard Bank with Topco Media for the country’s preeminent gender empowerment initiative, Top Women.

Caster Semenya the flag bearer

Caster Semenya the flag bearer

Ten years ago, at the age of 18 – when many teenagers were focused on partying – Caster Semenya won gold for the 800m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. In 2012 she won her first Olympic gold medal and then four years later brought home the second, confirming her place as the undisputed world champion.

Women are the glue holding innovation together

Women are the glue holding innovation together

BY DR AUDREY VERHAEGHE, CHAIRPERSON OF THE SA INNOVATION SUMMIT Innovation is where creativity and implementation meet. The most defining feature of innovation is that it makes a difference in the world. It’ s so in demand that each year , the SA Innovation Summit...

Join South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Network

Join South Africa’s Top Gender Empowered Network

Nominations for the 17th annual Standard Bank Top Women awards celebration are now open. Taking place in Johannesburg on the 13 August 2020, with intense media coverage, the awards ceremony honours and applauds outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and...

Gender equity is a fundamental human right

Gender equity is a fundamental human right

At the core, gender equity is not about what it means to be a man or a woman; it’s a fundamental human right. We as Standard Bank are helping to shape the narrative on gender equity. In September 2018, we became a Thematic Champion of the HeForShe movement, which is a...

Empowering women in a digital age

Empowering women in a digital age

THE WORLD BELONGS TO THE DIGITALLY EMPOWERED BUT THERE IS ONE SURPRISING STUMBLING BLOCK, FACED PREDOMINANTLY BY WOMEN, WHICH IS SLOWING PROGRESS – AND IT IS NOT ONE FACED ONLY BY WOMEN IN LESS-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES; THIS IS A GLOBAL PHENOMENON. It’s an ordinary Monday...

Getting Africa into top tech condition

Getting Africa into top tech condition

The effects of technology are ubiquitous. Internet access, automation and other tools of the digital age have especially helped remove the barriers that have previously kept women from participating in the broader economy. When speaking about the far-reaching effects...

Forging a path to entrepreneurship

Forging a path to entrepreneurship

As the only region where more women than men are engaged in entrepreneurial activities, Africa could become the most enterprising continent in the world. With roughly 50% of Africa’s burgeoning population being female, it should go without saying that empowering women...

[INTERVIEW] Glenda Gray

[INTERVIEW] Glenda Gray

Pioneering medical researcher, scientist and HIV activist, professor Glenda Gray, who recently cracked TIME Magazine’s prestigious list of 100 most influential people in 2017, has dedicated her life’s work in the search of a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. Where did your love...

[PREVIEW] Women in tourism

[PREVIEW] Women in tourism

It’s an exciting time for tourism in South Africa and with a woman at the helm of the country’s tourism industry, greater opportunities are available for other women to pursue  leadership roles in this sector. The status quo of women in tourism UN Women, in...

[LONG READ] The double-edged sword of social media

[LONG READ] The double-edged sword of social media

While most of us happily update our Facebook and Instagram accounts with selfies, check-ins and hashtags, there’s a monster lurking in the social media closet, ready to rear its ugly head in our workplace and private lives. Social media expert Emma Sadleir explains....

[PREVIEW] Trend forecasting: Nicola Cooper

[PREVIEW] Trend forecasting: Nicola Cooper

“If you don’t have a seat at the table, bring your own chair” Quickfire Q&A Who or what inspires you? People – the more diverse, quirky and interesting the better. I love people who are unafraid to be themselves. I also find the formation or undoing of identity...

[INTERVIEW] Yvonne Chaka Chaka

[INTERVIEW] Yvonne Chaka Chaka

In the background is the buzz from the café, which I find loud and distracting, but for Yvonne Chaka Chaka it seems to simply mimic the soundtrack of her full life. She moves to a quieter spot and we begin the interview, chatting like old friends meeting to catch up...

[INTERVIEW] Dr Rendani Nndanganeni

[INTERVIEW] Dr Rendani Nndanganeni

The work carried out by Dr Rendani Nndanganeni, space science researcher at the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), is, literally, out of this world. She talks to us about ‘space weather,’ her aspirations and the challenges of being a black woman scientist in a male-dominated industry.

[PREVIEW] Daringly demure

[PREVIEW] Daringly demure

Phi Casa creates high-end, luxury modest wear inspired by art and history. Made by local women from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, the garments are the epitome of modesty and femininity. One of designer Aneeqah Stellenboom’s aims is to create not only...

By invitation only: Stokvels as a vehicle for empowerment

By invitation only: Stokvels as a vehicle for empowerment

Stokvels are community-based savings or investment schemes – traditionally made up of a group of people with the same saving goals. Each member contributes an agreed-upon amount on a regular basis. Today we find that stokvels are becoming more upmarket, with people across the income segments making use of this saving vehicle.

STEM for women

STEM for women

Women are dramatically underrepresented in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. How do we change this?

Standard Bank Top Women Awards finalists announced

Standard Bank Top Women Awards finalists announced

JOHANNESBURG – Topco Media in partnership with Standard Bank have released the names of those companies and individuals named as finalists in the 2019 Top Women Awards. Taking place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on 15 August 2019, the awards will recognised those...

Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers

Insights from one of Africa’s most creative strategic thinkers

In her book A Fox’s Tale: Insights from one of Africa’s most strategic thinkers, Chantell Ilbury tells her remarkable story, covering her formative years, her early days as an educator and entrepreneur, and what she has learned steering the executive-level strategies of global organisations some of the biggest names in business.

Training girl techpreneurs

Training girl techpreneurs

By presenting girls with an opportunity to develop the technical competencies and social skills needed for the modern job market, GirlHype provides the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the economy.

Top sectors for women entrepreneurs – Manufacturing

Top sectors for women entrepreneurs – Manufacturing

According to the executive director for the Manufacturing Circle, Philippa Rodseth, it is imperative to ensure the growth of the numbers of women in this industry: “Women should be in the manufacturing sector, because we are good at multi-tasking. We are resilient and have tenacity”.

Standard Bank Top Women Awards sponsors announced

Standard Bank Top Women Awards sponsors announced

The Standard Bank Top Women Awards platform recognises those that strive to achieve gender parity in Africa. Category sponsors are those companies that are contributing to accelerating women’s empowerment by providing a stage from which to promote the work being done in this arena.

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

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