Time to Acknowledge the Real Talent in South Africa

The Rising Star Programme

 The Rising Star Programme has been established for the purposes of recognising, celebrating and connecting young talented people who have a capacity for achievement and success and who contribute in an inspirational manner to the future of our nation. The qualities that elevate Rising Stars to the top go beyond performance and technical excellence. Rising Stars are polished, brilliant individuals with tremendous promise and great talent who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone. Talented people make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value (for companies and/or themselves) when their talent is spotted and harnessed.

The Rising Star Programme aims to be a significant and sustainable vehicle through which organisations, our country and our continent can identify and nurture these “organisational and national assets” who are set to play a key role in shaping the future of our country and our continent. Using a new and innovative approach, the Rising Star Programme will establish a living community of young South African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future South African Talent.

Programme Aspect

  1. Rising Star Awards
    The Rising Star Awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals who have a capacity for achievement and success.The Rising Star Awards are business-sector (rather than profession) specific, and encompass a gamut of different professions. A stringent assessment process is followed, culminating in panel interview with leading talent and industry specialists, to identify stars. All steps in the process are monitored to ensure good governance, integrity and rigour are applied and that high standards are adhered to.
  2. Rising Star Summit
    Following on from the Awards, the Rising Star Summit brings together the Rising Star community of Stars, HR and Talent practitioners, learning and development service providers and organisation leaders. The Summit provides the opportunity to discuss ideas and generate mechanisms and engagements that will enable and support the ongoing identification, recognition and development of this critical organisational and national asset.
  3. Rising Star Network
    a closed network for the Rising Star Award finalists, judges and mentors to provide ongoing support and learning.


“We are celebrating those individuals that are the future leaders of South Africa, those that are making the difference in the business world as we speak. We want to recognise their pioneering work and acknowledge that they are paving the way to a bright and exciting future,” said Laura Swart, MD, Blackbark Productions, “We are hoping that they will inspire change in others.”