Standard Bank Rising Star Awards
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The Standard Bank Rising Star Awards publicly recognise inspirational and passionate individuals who have a capacity for achievement and success. The 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. See more

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Tokozile Xasa, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism; Bokankatla Joseph Malatji, Commissioner, SA Human Rights Commission; Gidon Novick, Chief Digital Officer, Discovery


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Following on from the Awards, the ArcelorMittal 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. See more

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Chistopher Hlekani, CEO SAPO; Ashwin Willemse, Former Springbok and SuperSport Presenter; Stella Nkomo, Professor, Univerty of Pretoria


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Based on the proven theory that success breeds success! For the first time we have a platform that does not limit the abilities and talents of unique individuals to their respective sectors, this interactive online platform will enable individuals to share their exclusive knowledge and expertise with peers from different sectors within the corporate world. We also send out bi-monthly newsletters to each Rising Star – highlighting relevant articles recently posted and encouraging them to continue visiting the portal. In year 2 we began hosting quarterly cocktail functions and breakfasts to introduce the previous years ‘rising stars’ to the ‘new ones’ thus we will be adding 40-50 individuals each year – in 5 years we will have a network of 250 young, ambitious and talented individuals that not only add value to the organisations they work for but will become a driving force pushing the South African economy to new heights. With the correct mentoring, training and development partners in the next 3-5 years we will present the movers and shakers of the business world, only now they will already know their peers on a more in depth level allowing them to play on each other’s strengths. This network will ground their talents and future success across all business sectors and is imperative to the future growth of the corporate world.