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Finalists Announced for 7th annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards



After receiving hundreds of entries and going through thousands of pages of nominations, motivations, videos and verifications, the finalists for the 7th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced!

The gala dinner announcing the winners will be held at the Sandton Hilton on 26 July 2018 and will be a star studded affair, featuring Wandile Mbabeni as entertainment and the comedian Trevor Gumbi as MC.

Over the past six years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating young talents across all industries in South Africa, and the seventh year is no different. “We are delighted to have so many entries from across the country identifying such a broad range of corporate and public sector talent,” says Laura Barker, Managing Director of BlackBark Productions, organisers of the Rising Star Programme. “It is encouraging to see these awards grow year-on-year – it means our goal of recognising and developing talent is real.”

The awards are for young, talented employees in the 28-40 year age category, and form part of a unique platform where winners can go beyond just the recognition for work already done, and participate in a leadership and development programme throughout the year after winning.

As headline sponsor, Standard Bank is committed to identifying and celebrating talent across industries. “Every year we are impressed with the calibre of entries from our talented young workforce, and this year is no different,” says Standard Bank’s Global Head of Resourcing, Amelia Muller. “There is another excellent group of finalists going through to the last round, and the judges are going to have their work cut out for them!”

The last round is rigorous, and comprises a two-hour Q&A session in front of a panel of experts. The panels comprise forward thinking leaders and include Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa; Johan Van Greuning, COO, Standard Bank Wealth Sales & Distribution; Jerry Gule, CEO, IPM; Waseem Carrim, CEO, NYDA; Brigitte Da Gama, Executive Director Human Capital, McDonald’s SA and Renchia Strauss, Head of Department-Talent Management, SAA.

Barker concludes with some words of wisdom for the finalists going in to the final round: “They have already proved they are worthy of being finalists in this tough competition. I hope to see them step up their game a final notch in the face-to-face judging round, and show South Africa why they deserve this personal and professional recognition of their drive and determination.”



Sponsors for the 7th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards include Standard Bank, ArcelorMittal, Sasol, Hilton Worldwide and Mulderbosch Wines.



The Rising Star Programme is operated by BlackBark Productions, and is now in its seventh year. It recognises, celebrates and connects young talented individuals who have the capacity to excel in their chosen fields, and who contribute to the future of our nature in an inspirational manner.

The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future African Talent.

Rising Star has successfully recognised over 450 talented young individuals over the past six years in its programme in both South Africa and Kenya.

We will be live streaming the entire function here à http://www.ustream.tv/channel/dHqSHat4sA8  so that no one can miss out on the action.

Visit www.risingstarawards.co.za  for more information or contact Khululwa for details on how to get involved:




Banking & Financial Services, sponsored by Standard Bank

  • Itumeleng Makheme – Manager: Operational Risk Monitoring and Assurance – Standard Bank
  • Jeremy Lang – Regional General Manager – Business Partners
  • Moroka Kamati – Practitioner, Operational Planning – Standard Bank
  • Hlongiphani Manzi – Senior Test Analyst – African Bank
  • Kenny Madi – Head: GM Equities IT – Standard Bank


Construction & Industrials, sponsored by ArcelorMittal SA

  • Ling-Ling Mathapo – Senior Engineer – Metallurgy – Exxaro
  • Franck Wandji – Principal, Infrastructure Business & SOEs Africa – ArcelorMittal
  • Nompumelelo Mncwabe – Senior Manager – Transnet
  • Celiwe Zondo – CSI Manager South Africa – General Electric
  • Hlengiwe Mngoma – HOD: Human Resources Manager – Assmang Cato Ridge Works


Energy and Transformation sponsored by Sasol

  • Tshego Cornelius – Eng Design Application (PMMC ) Manager – Eskom
  • Tumisang Maphumulo – Corporate Specialist – Power Lines – Eskom
  • Ali Moroane – Strategic Talent Sourcing Lead – Southern Africa Region – Sasol
  • Simon Pitts – Technical Account Manager – Dow Chemicals
  • Bulali Mdontsane – Industrial Infrastructure Manager – Easigas



  • Dov Girnun – CEO – Merchant Capital
  • Andile Makhanda – Co-Founder (Technical Director) – OS Holdings
  • Dinao Lerutla – CEO – Maya Group
  • Brian Makwaiba – Managing Director – Vuleka
  • Fortune Madlala – Managing Director – Forch Communications and Projects



  • John Golding – Head of Sector: Banking and Remittance – WiGroup
  • Morne de Villiers – IIoT Technical Lead – BcX
  • Sheila Hwalima – Assistant Technical Director – OS Holdings
  • Zweli Tinise – Projects Manager – OS Holdings
  • Oreratile Itumeleng – Specialist: Enterprise & Supplier Development – Telkom


Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG

  • Boota Pitsa – Trade Marketing Manager – Heineken
  • Wendilene Balie – Human Resources Manager – BAT
  • Pinny Hack -Group Finance Manager – Stor-Age
  • Cebile Xulu – HR Director/Business Lead, South Central & East Africa – Mondelez
  • Zaheera Tayob – Financial Manager – Conlog


Media & Advertising

  • Siyabona Ngcobo – Specialist: International Channels Marketing – Multichoice
  • Lizzi Kondowe – Search Lead – Mindshare
  • Verusha Maharaj – General Manager – Creative Counsel
  • Anja Kruger – Group Head of Operations – Creative Counsel
  • Boitumelo Mmakau – Content producer – YFM


Mining & Minerals

  • Eric Sithole – Business Analyst – Sasol Mining
  • Paul Cronje – Senior Manager Mining Rights and Properties – Sasol Mining
  • Musa Mabaso – Manager Mining – Exxaro
  • Nkanyiso Zulu – Plant Manager – AngloGold Ashanti
  • Lorraine Semenya – Mining Geologist – Assmang Khumani Mine


Professional Services

  • Sabelo Myeni -Head of Academy – Mindworx
  • Ntswaki Malebatja – HR Business Partner – Arup
  • Kyle Beilings – Partner: Mergers & Acquisitions Tax – Webber Wentzel
  • Ziningi Hlophe – Senior Associate – Webber Wentzel
  • Ayanda Nondwana – Partner – Hogan Lovells


Service: Public & Private

  • Thandi Tlaka – Specialist: Benefits and Administration – Road Accident Fund
  • Frikkie de Lange – Remuneration and Benefits Specialist – TIA
  • Boitumelo Ramatsetse – PhD candidate & Lecturer – TUT
  • Georges Mturi -Advanced Material Testing Lab Manager/Senior Scientist – CSIR
  • Sarusha Pillay – Acting Executive and Busness Unit Head – TIA


Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide

  • Sizwe Mdladla – Digital Marketing Manager – SAA
  • Farhana Gany – Digital Manager – McDonalds
  • Ashley Ragunanan – Chief Audit Executive – Comair
  • Lizelle Henze – General Manager – City Lodge
  • Hilois Greyling – Hotel Manager – Hilton


Transport, Logistics & Security

  • Nomvana Marwanqana – Technical Manager – Transnet Port Terminals
  • Venessa Dewing – Head: CSI & MNC Customers – DHL Express
  • Nonkululeko Baloyi – National Tender Desk – Bollore Logistics
  • Sinqobile Nkabinde – Chief Engineering Technician, Pr. Eng. Tech – Transnet
  • Kwazelela Mcetywa – Deputy Port Engineer – Transnet National Ports Authority
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