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Gender empowered public and private organisations in South Africa

Hosted by Topco Media, in partnership with Standard Bank, the Standard Bank Top Women Awards celebrate companies and organisations that have made momentous strides in gender empowerment in the workplace. The Awards are dedicated to recognising outstanding leadership, inspiration, vision and innovation in organisations that have stepped up and shaped women's roles within the private and public sectors.
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"As an organisation that makes progress real for women in business, we are proud to be the headline sponsor for the 12th Annual Standard Bank Top Women Awards. We pride ourselves in helping women in business gain access to market, because we believe that the most successful organisations are those that are gender empowered," says Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank.

The Award's categories reflect a wide spectrum of work in which these deserving women from the public and private sectors are involved. This includes CEOs, executives and leaders in corporate South Africa, SMMEs, government departments and agencies, as well as entrepreneurs.

Ethel Nyembe
Ethel Nyembe
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The top empowered public and private organisations in South Africa are:
  • Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME Award - Sponsored by Sibongile Security
    Spark school & eAdvance
  • Diversity in the Workplace Award
  • Multinational Award
    Havas Worldwide
  • Civil Society Organisation Award
    Breast Health Foundation
  • Investing in People Award - Sponsored by TUMI
  • ICT Award - Sponsored by ALCM Solution Centre
  • Corporate Citizenship Award - Sponsored by Lion of Africa Insurance
  • Skills Development Award - Sponsored by Monash South Africa
    Rheinmetall Denel Munition
  • Health & Pharma Award - Sponsored by Sizwe Medical Fund
    Aspen Pharma
  • Transport & Logistics Award - Sponsored by Topco Media
  • Resources Award - Sponsored by Anglo American Platinum
    De Beers Consolidated Mines
  • Engineering Award - Sponsored by Total South Africa
    Uvuko Civils
  • Energy & Utilities Award - Sponsored by Schneider Electric
    City Power Johannesburg
  • Retail Award - Sponsored by Clicks Group
    V&A Waterfront
  • Top Female Entrepreneur of 2015 Award - Sponsored by WBD Investment Holdings
    Ekhuruleni Artisans & Skills - Marthie Jansen van Rensburg
  • Top Young Achiever (<40 YEARS) Award - Sponsored by Mango Airlines
    PPC Cement - Azola Lowan
  • Top Woman in Aviation Award - Sponsored Denel
    Refilwe Ledwaba - SA Women in Aviation & Aerospace Industry
  • Top Public Sector Leader Award - Sponsored by Destiny Magazine
    Mmanare Mamabolo - SA Civil Aviation Authority
  • Top Gender Empowered Government Department Award - Sponsored by PSM
    Gauteng Department of Education
  • Top Gender Empowered Parastatal / Agency Award - Sponsored by Mncedisi Ndlovu & Sedumedi Attorneys
  • Lifetime Achievement Award -Sponsored by Standard Bank
    Wendy Luhabe
  • Top Businesswoman of the Year Award -Sponsored by Standard Bank
    Angela Dick, Transman
  • Top Gender Empowered Business of the Year Award - Sponsored by Standard Bank
Some of the finalists included: Palabora Mining, Penta Floor, V&A Waterfront, Aecom, PPC, Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Aspen, ACSA, DHL Express, Khayelitsha Cookies and Vuma Reputation. For the full list of finalists in their categories visit

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14 Aug 2015 09:34