Recognising Talent Celebrating young talented people Recognising leaders of tomorrow

Relive the magic of the Accenture Rising Star Awards 2020

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Welcome to the 2021 Accenture Rising Star Awards

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).


Banking & Financial Services Sponsored by Bryte Insurance

Mbali Makhathini, Environmental & Social Risk Manager, FirstRand Limited

Construction & Industrials

Innocentia Mahlangu, Project Manager and Senior Civil Engineer, Hatch

Energy & Environment Sponsored by BP

Gontse Madumo, Talent Acquisition Team Lead, Sasol

‘Highly Commended’ Claire Pengelly, Water & Agriculture Programme Manager, GreenCape Sector Development Agency

Entrepreneur Sponsored by Tiger Brands

Siyanda Mthethwa, Founder & CEO, Kuloola App

ICT (Telecoms & Technology)

Lusani Nemalili, Specialist: Public Policy & Engagement, Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Group

Manufacturing & FMCG Sponsored by British American Tobacco SA

Miguel Caetano, International Customer Marketing Manager, Tiger Brands

Media & Marketing Sponsored by Distell

Travis Bernard, Human Resources Manager,

Mining & Minerals

Mohloana Magwai, Growth Manager, Strategy & Business Development, Exxaro

Professional Services Sponsored by Accenture

Andile Nkosi, Senior Manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc

Service: Public & Private

Keri-Leigh Paschal, Executive Trustee, Nation Builder

‘Highly Commended’ Kagiso “TK” Pooe, Senior Lecturer, North West University

Tourism, Retail & Hospitality Sponsored by Hilton

Devandre Derrin Lawrence, General Manager, People Operations, Nando’s South Africa

Transport, Logistics & Security Sponsored by Gautrain

Giovanni Larigan Abrahams, General Manager, Imperial Logistics: Africa Regions

Highly Commended’ Gordon Ballentine, Continuous Business Improvement Manager, Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions

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Nominations for 2021 are now open. Please nominate here