Standard Bank Rising Star Awards

Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality Finalists Announced for 6th 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 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards have been announced and feature 5 Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality finalists.

These are:

Christine Ndlovu, Nomcebo Tembe Hilton Hotel, Thozama Mali Conrad Pezula Hotel, Mpho Rambau, South African Airways, Siyathemba Nhlakanipho Mbambo The Blue Train.

The gala dinner announcing the winners will be held at the Sandton Hilton on 27 July 2017 and will be a star studded affair, featuring Bonang Mohale, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa as keynote speaker as well as Richard Stirton, winner of The Voice 2016 as entertainment. The comedian Joey Rasdien is MC.

Over the past five years, these awards have been identifying, recognising and celebrating young talents across all industries in South Africa, and the sixth 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 three-hour Q&A session in front of a panel of experts. The panels comprise forward thinking leaders and include Hennie Heymans, MD, DHL Express; Rre; Elijah Litheko, CEO, IPM; Marius Meyer, CEO, SABPP; Mark Kritzinger, Head of Careers24; Poya Rasekhi, CEO, Arup; Azola Zuma, CEO, Sanlam Investments; Lorato Mogaki, Executive Head of HR, AngloAmerican; Johan Van Greuning, COO, Standard Bank Wealth Sales & Distribution; S’ne Mckhize, Senior VP HR, Sasol; Elsie Pule, Group Executive Human Resources, Eskom and Nonkululeko Sishi, CHRO, Transnet Freight Rail. .

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.”

The list of finalists is available at: or see below.


Sponsors for the 5th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards include Standard Bank, ArcelorMittal, PwC, Sasol, Vodacom, Transnet, Hilton Worldwide, Mulderbosch wines And Citizen watches

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