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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.
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.
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...
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...
In a time when climate change and the environmental effects of our actions are (or should be) at the forefront of everyone’ s minds, the global coal industry is fast losing investment support. As outgoing Eskom CEO Phakami Hadebe said at this year ’s African Utility...
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...
UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Amadeus, recently released a report which indicated that across the private and public sectors, women are harnessing the potential of tourism to become financially independent –...
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...
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...
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...
Huenu Solsona is the founder of The Galileo Open Air Cinema.
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...
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...
Kate Emmerson – the Quickshift Deva – gives us the five sweet spots for cultivating a VIP relationship with yourself.
The world belongs to the digitally empowered. But there’s one surprising stumbling block, faced by women across the globe that’s slowing progress.
Philippa Dods will be competing in the largest marathon in the world – the New York City Marathon, all in the name of charity.
For most of Aarti Takoordeen’s life, being the youngest exec in the boardroom or the youngest student in her class has been the norm rather than the exception.
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....
“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...
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...
How we determine the who’s who of gender-empowered organisations.
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.
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...
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.
Group Editor Fiona Wakelin interviews Caster Semenya for the 15th edition of Top Women Leaders.
Women are dramatically underrepresented in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. How do we change this?
The role the environment plays in our daily lives − and our role in protecting it − is becoming ever more important in society and business.
Vuyolwethu Dubese writes about getting girls interested in STEM and how it can move our society forward.
Honouring the life of ANC liberation struggle veteren, construction entrepreneur and Top Women alumnus, Dr Thandi Ndlovu.
With roughly 50% of Africa’s burgeoning population being female, it should go without saying that empowering women is essential to unlocking the potential of the continent.
SweepSouth founder Aisha Pandor is tackling unemployment with dignified work opportunities.
A look at how business intelligence can reduce unemployment.
UN Women released some revealing statistics about the state of women’s empowerment in South Africa in their Driving Women Empowerment Principles from Promise to Practice report.
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...
“Women are more capable than they allow themselves to believe. We should invest in developing our ability to take risks, to travel the road less travelled, to become game changers…”
Only 11% of the total number of engineers registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa are women. While this might not be impressive, women in the industry are making a difference and paving the way for future female entrepreneurs.
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.
There are major opportunities for women in the male-dominated construction industry. Despite the increase in numbers of women being employed in the sector, they still account for only 10% of the workforce.
JOHANNESBURG – Topco Media announces Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya as the headline speaker for its Standard Bank Top Women Conference taking place at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, on 14 and 15 August 2019.
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.
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”.
Yandisa Sokhanyile, winner of the Sun City pitching den, Standard Bank Top Women Regional Conference
Briefly tell us more about yourself and your journey thus far. I am a mom to a beautiful daughter who is my biggest inspiration. I was born 35 years ago in rural Eastern Cape, in a small town called Mt Ayliff. For as long as I can remember, I have always been selling...
We speak to Lynette Johnson, Founder and Creative Director, House of Basadi, winner of the 2019 Standard Top Women pitching den, Kimberley.
Spotlight on: Lucia Manthata, CEO of Little Harvard Kids Academy and winner of the 2019 Standard Top Women pitching den, Mpumalanga.
Co-Founder, Ramtsilo Trading and winner of the 2019 Standard Top Women pitching den in Kimberley, Kedibone Tsiloane, tells us about her entrepreneurial journey.
Tourism accounts for about 9% of the overall GDP of South Africa and provides more than 1.5-million jobs. The industry attracts entrepreneurs because of the low barriers to entry and start-up costs.
Former Sigma Capital Executive Chair and 2018 Standard Bank Top Women cover icon, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa, has joined the global Naspers management team as CEO, South Africa.
The Business Support Services (BSS) sector provides a multitude of diverse opportunities for entrepreneurial endeavours.
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.
The Standard Bank Top Women is South Africa’s leading gender empowerment brand, it celebrates organisations that prioritise gender empowerment. What was initially a National conference taking place in August in Johannesburg, has changed to an initiative brought closer to the masses who want to participate and boost business prospects.
Celebrating visionary organisations that prioritise gender empowerment as integral to their strategy for growth and success.
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