Gender empowered public and private organisations in South Africa

By on August 13, 2015

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. 

“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.

The top empowered public and private organisations in South Africa are: 

Fast Growth Women-Owned SMME Award – Sponsored by Sibongile Security

  • Spark Schools & eAdvance

Diversity in the Workplace Award

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Multinational Award

  • Havas Worldwide

Civil Society Organisation Award

  • Breast Health Foundation

Investing in People Award – Sponsored by TUMI

  • Multichoice

ICT Award – Sponsored by ALCM Solution Centre

  • ICT-Works

Corporate Citizenship Award – Sponsored by Lion of Africa Insurance

  • Vodacom

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

  • ACSA

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

  • Marthie Jansen van Rensburg – Ekhuruleni Artisans & Skills

Top Young Achiever (<40 YEARS) Award – Sponsored by Mango Airlines

  • Azola Lowan – PPC Cement

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

  • ACSA

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

  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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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