Young people are shaping the future of South Africa today with tremendous dedication and energy. This ceremony provides a platform  to unearth and recognise those inspirational and exciting leaders of tomorrow (under 40 years of age).

Welcome to the 2018 Standard Bank Rising Star Awards

The overall purpose of this assessment is to identify and publicly recognise ‘Rising Stars’ as having the qualities needed to join a guiding coalition of other Rising Stars able and willing to walk the talk to help themselves and others rise to the top of their game. Our Rising Star Network will be formed from the top 5 finalists in each of the 12 business sectors – making a network of approximately 150 (over the past 6 years) of the most talented young people in the country. We are very committed to keeping this network alive, by means of personal development and intra network education – In this way we can assist their further development benefiting them personally, the organisation they work for and in turn the wider economy.



Banking & Financial Services, sponsored By Standard Bank

Kenneth Kayser, Vice President for Open Innovation in Africa, ABSA

Construction & Engineering, sponsored by ArcelorMittal SA

Tafadzwa Mukwena, Profit Centre Manager, Bigen Africa

Energy & Environment, sponsored by Sasol

Popi Elizabeth Melato, Chief Engineer, Eskom


Nonala Tose, Founder, Nonala Tose Productions

ICT, sponsored by Vodacom

Zjaen Coetzee, Team Lead : EIM, Telkom

Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG

Alicia Moodley, Senior Change Leader, ArcelorMittal SA

Media & Advertising, sponsored by Careers24

Asanda Sizani, Fashion Editor, Ndalo Media

Mining & Minerals

Razia Adam, Senior Business Analyst, Sasol Mining

Professional Services, sponsored by PwC

Talia Lancaster, Agile Consultant, IQ Business

Service: Public & Private

Loyiso Magqi, Laboratory Supervisor, CSIR

Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide

Thozama Mali, Executive Housekeeper, Conrad Pezula Hotel

Transport, Logistics & Security,   sponsored by Transnet

Christopher van der Merwe, Projects Exports Controller, Bollore Logistics



Rising Star – Nominate Here!