Our very own founder of Spice4life.co.za and ChangeMakershub.org, Michelle Korevaar has been announced as one of the Rising Star Judges. “I am very excited to be supporting this amazing initiative that provides a platform to unearth and recognise those inspirational and exciting leaders of tomorrow. Rising Star acknowledges the young people shaping the future of South Africa  and I am honoured to be a small part of it” says Korevaar.

Finalists announced for 8th Annual Accenture Rising Star Awards

After receiving hundreds of entries and going through thousands of pages of nominations, motivations, videos and verifications, the finalists for the 8th Annual Accenture Rising Star Awards have been announced!

The gala dinner announcing the winners will be held at the Sandton Hilton on 1st August, 2019 and will be a star studded affair with more than a nod acknowledging the first day on Women’s Month, featuring Lillian Barnard, MD of Microsoft South Africa as the Key Note Speaker, Lira as entertainment and the comedian Tumi Morake as MC.

Over the past seven years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating young talent across all industries in South Africa, and this the eighth year is no different. “We are delightedto have so many entries from across the country identifying such a broad range of corporate andpublic 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 ourgoal 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 following their award.

As headline sponsor, Accenture is committed to identifying and celebrating talent across South Africa. “Every year we are impressed with the calibre of entries from our country’s talented young workforce, and this year is no different,” says Samantha Weinreich from Accenture Human Resources – Talent Acquisition. “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 panel comprises forward thinking leaders including Hennie Heymans, CEO, DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa; Brigitte Da Gama, Executive Director Human Capital, McDonald’s SA, Tashmia Ismail, CEO, YES and Akhram Mohamed, CTO, Huawei.

Barker concludes with some words of wisdom for the finalists going into the final round: “They havealready 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 theydeserve this personal and professional recognition of their drive and determination.”

Please see below for the list of finalists. ACCENTURE RISING STAR AWARDS SPONSORS

Sponsors for the 8th Annual Accenture Rising Star Awards include Accenture, BAT, Hilton, Bryte Insurance, Rand Refinery and Mulderbosch Wines.


The Rising Star Programme is operated by BlackBark Productions, and is now in its eighth year. It recognises, celebrates and connects young talented individuals who have the capacity to excel in their chosen fields, and who contribute to the betterment of our nation in an inspiring way.

The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young professionals and entrepreneurs that will be developed and mentored, enabling them to become opinion leaders and role models for those who will follow in their footsteps.

Rising Star has successfully recognised over 500 young individuals over the past six years in its programme in South Africa, and Kenya.

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

Tanya Smalberger Nominations/Alumni Coordinator BlackBark Productions
+27 21 788 2305tanya@blackbark.co.za


Banking & Financial Services, sponsored by Bryte Insurance

  • Marketing Manager, Absa, CIB
  • Claire Mordaunt:
  • Samuel Perumal: Key Accounts Manager, Aberdare Cables
  • Elizabeth Foli:

Khensani Shikwambane:

Senior Manager of Legal, Lending Investigations, Insolv –

Standard Bank

Trevelene Sewnundan: Manager, Debt Review Ops, Standard Bank

Naledi Marimcowitz: Programme Manager, First National Bank

Victoria Lakey: Manager, Bryte Insurance Company

Construction & Industrials

Hamilton Ndlovu: Process Engineer,

Aberdare Cables

Sarisha Harrychund: Professional Structural Engineer,

Hatch (Pty) Ltd

Test Engineering Manager, Gibela Rail Transport Consortium

Cari Drysdale: Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

Energy & Environment

Sharon Singh: Snr Account Manager, DOW

  • Kgopolo Kgomo Analyst: Industrial Effluents, Johannesburg Water
  • Shaun Tooray: Regional Head of Talent and Development: Africa, Puma Energy

Unathi Thango: Senior Advisor Quality Assurance, Eskom

Grace Olukune: Chief Engineer, Eskom


  • Roy Gluckman: CEO / Founder, Cohesion Collective (Pty) Ltd
  • Justin Siljeur: Chief Executive Officer, Petanque NXT Africa
  • Sheila Afari: Managing Director, Sheila Afari PR
  • Nambitha Ben-Mazwi: Actress, Philanthropist, Nambitha BM Media

Siphelele Buthelezi: Chief Executive Officer, SNH FREIGHT & LOGISTICS

ICT (Telecoms & Technology)

Vonic Henry Specialist: Project Reporting, MTN

  • Sebastin Samuel: Regional Executive, CELL C
  • Zimkhitha Buwa: COO, Britehouse, a Division of Dimension Data
  • Nduvho Mukhavhuli Specialist: Systems Engineer, Vodacom
  • Siphiwe Mgandela: HR Manager, ZTE Corporation South Africa

Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG, sponsored by BAT

Neo Mutloatse: Senior Brand Manager, British American Tobacco

  • Roxanne Renecke: Commercial Planning and Activations Manager, Diageo
  • Thandeka Ngqumeya: Head of innovation, Diageo
  • Pragashni Kirsten: Customer Marketing Manager, Tiger Brands

Caeser Kenny: Customer Service Excellence Director, RCL FOODS

Media & Advertising

  • Sibusiso Ngobeni: Executive Producer, Engage Entertainment
  • Jessica Levitt Editor: Tiso Blackstar Group
  • Sibonisile Ngubane: Senior Public Relations Specialist, Ditshego Media
  • Thomas Mofolo: Chief Brand Communications Consultant, Mofolo MediaMarketing Communications

Zoliswa King: Creative Specialist, Water to Wine Media

Mining & Minerals

  • Christiaan de Wet: Manager Production, Anglo American Platinum
  • Hayley-Jane Prinsloo: Production Superintendent, Anglo American Platinum
  • Benedictor Masoto Mathibeng:Technical Accountant, Impala Platinum HoldingsLimited
  • Sindi Nyirenda: Technical Services Manager, Glencore
  • Sbo Buthelezi: Group Engineering Manager, Glencore

Professional Services, sponsored by Accenture

Lamis Adam: Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells

  • Jared Daniels: Technology Consulting Manager, Accenture
  • Ayisha Ramasike: Director, Nexia SAB&T

Noxolo Ntshaba: Strategic Projects Manager to the Africa Markets Leader, EY

Ashford Nyatsumba: Partner, Webber Wentzel

Service: Public & Private

Elin Agodi: Human Resources Business Partner, SAICA

  • Walter Matli: Lecturer and Researcher, Vaal University of Technology
  • Koketso Marishane: Youth Envoy, Marishane Authority
  • Malebo Maholo: HR Audit Officer, SABPP

Zama Goqo: Human Capital – Talent Sourcing, Road Accident Fund

Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton

  • Martinette Fortuin: Compensation and Benefits Manager, Marriott International
  • Suzanne de Jager-Cranston: General Manager, City Lodge Hotel Group
  • Brendon Hart: Director, Hyatt Sales Force, Africa, Hyatt
  • Zeanne-Mari Benedek: Cluster Marketing Assistant, Hilton Hotels & Resorts
  • Katlego Teffo: Guest Relations Manager, Hilton Sandton

Transport, Logistics & Security

  • Lerato Nonyane: Assistant DC Manager, Imperial Managed Logistics
  • Lesego Alphina Tladi: Director, M6T Seal Cargo Services PTY LTD
  • Nirendra Mahabeer: Chief Financial Officer – Coastal Operations, FidelitySecurity Group
  • Kathleen Tolo: National Contracts Billing Supervisor, Fidelity Security Group
  • Jacques Greeff: Executive Operational Excellence, Unitrans Supply ChainSolutions

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