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: Kenneth Kayser, ABSA
- Construction & Engineering, sponsored by ArcelorMittal SA: Tafadzwa Mukwena, Bigen Africa
- Energy & Environment, sponsored by Sasol: Popi Elizabeth Melato, Eskom
- Entrepreneur: Nonala Tose, Nonala Tose Productions
- ICT, sponsored by Vodacom: Zjaen Coetzee, Telkom
- Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG: Alicia Moodley, ArcelorMittal SA
- Media & Advertising, sponsored by Careers24: Asanda Sizani, Ndalo Media
- Mining & Minerals: Razia Adam, Sasol Mining
- Professional Services, sponsored by PwC: Talia Lancaster, IQ Business
- Service: Public & Private: Loyiso Magqi, CSIR
- Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide: Thozama Mali, Conrad Pezula Hotel
- Transport, Logistics & Security, sponsored by Transnet: Christopher van der Merwe, Bollore Logistics
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.”
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.”
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 Honourable 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.”
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