• Employer of Choice: Large Organisation sponsored by Careers24: DHL Express
  • Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisation: Vuma Reputation Management
  • Employer of Choice: Public Sector Organisation sponsored by PSM: Rand Water Board
  • Best HR Team of the Year: PwC
  • Best HR Industry Innovation Using Technology: Entelect Software
  • Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: PwC
  • Best Learning and Development Strategy sponsored by MMI: Bowman Gilfillan


  • HR Rising Star of the Year sponsored by Total South Africa: Candice Booysen – Argility
  • HR Manager of the Year: Hudson Maila – Rand Water Board
  • HR Champion (CEO) of the Year: Lynette Magasa – Boniswa Corporate Solution
  • HR Director of the Year: Philip Barnard – GIBB


HR Champion (CEO)
Lefadi Makibinyane – Amatola Water
Lynette Magasa – Boniswa Corporate Solution
Julie-May Ellington – Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)
Dr Raymond Patel – merSETA
Carol Weaving – Thebe Reed Exhibition
Dhesigan Naidoo – Water Research Commission

HR Rising Star of the Year
Candice Booysen – Argility
Theo Tshanga – Bivest Steiner
Yatish Parshotam – Entelect Software
Mafeto Patrick Mailula – Eskom
Grant Wilkinson – Global Business
Nina Sternberg – Home of Living Brands

HR Manager of the Year
Heather Swinerd – Accountability
Aimee McNamara – Automated Outsourcing Services
Portia Mkhabela – Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)
Veni Gopalan – Elgin Brown & Hamer
Yatish Parshotam – Entelect Software
Nina Sternberg – Home of Living Brands
Isubel Venter – Schenker South Africa
Ruth Wotela – SilverBridge Holdings
Claire McMaster – The MSA Group
Dee Orrie – The President Hotel
Mashudu Malivha – Trudon
Thomas Mphahlele – Umsinsi Health Care
Hudson Maila – Rand Water Board

HR Director of the Year
Morag Phillips – 21st Century Pay Solutions
Gerhard Fouché – Aspen Pharmacare
Theo Tshanga – Bidvest Steiner
Naledi Modibedi – Department of Science & Technology
Matsiliso Eseu – General Electric (Steam Power Systems)
Philip Barnard – GIBB
Sharmila Govind – HSBC Africa
Nobantu Masebelanga – Liberty Group
Loueen Jones – PaulsenOtis SA
Fihliwe Nkomo – Peermont Group
Verna Robson – Sun International
Johan Momberg -Trollope Mining Services (2000) Pty Ltd
Shanitha Singh – WSP Group Africa


Employer of Choice: Large Organisation
Cape Town International Convention Centre
DHL Express
Eastvaal Motors
Siemens SA

Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisation
Vuma Reputation Management
Ekurhuleni Artisans & Skills Training Centre
Staza Cleaning Services

Employer of Choice: Public Sector Organisation
Amatola Water
Department of Science & Technology
Rand Water Board
Water Research Commission

Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
Accenture SA
HSBC Africa
Isilumko Staffing Solutions
Thebe Reed Exhibitions

Best HR Industry Innovation Using Technology
Boniswa Corporate Solutions
Coega Development Corporation
Entelect Software
HSBC Africa

Best Learning & Development Strategy
Bowman Gilfillan
Coega Development Corporation
CTP Printers Cape Town
Elgin Brown & Hamer

Best HR Team of the Year
Accenture SA
Eastvaal Motors
Rand Water Board


Shirley Zinn – Strategic Advisor at Topco Media

CEO, Shirley Zinn Consulting

Prof Shirley Zinn is the former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group and has since registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.


Cookie Naidoo

HR Director, Kerry Ingredients South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Cookie is currently the HR Director – Sub Saharan Africa for Kerry Ingredients South Africa (Pty) Ltd. She is a strong HR generalist with over 30 years of experience working in the Manufacturing, Energy and FMCG environment.


Elanie Kruger

HR Director, G4S

Elanie Kruger is the Africa Region Human Resources Director for G4S, the world’s leading international security solutions group.


Kay Vittee

CEO, Quest Staffing Solutions (Pty) Ltd

Kay Vittee is the CEO of Quest Staffing Solutions (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s leading staffing solutions provider. A superb business leader, Kay inspires her organisation to live the essence of superior customer service and to constantly improve the triple bottom line (financial, environmental and social).



Buyani Zwane

Director, Dynamic Leadership Solutions (Pty) Limited

Buyani Zwane is an inspirational speaker, network builder, student, educator and leadership development facilitator. He has been involved in the Human Resources Management, Business and Leadership Development for over 25 years with local and international companies.


Dr Siphelele Zulu

Senior Director: HR , Mangosuthu University of Technology

He started his career as a high school teacher in KwaMashu, and worked many years in the private and public sector before being appointed as Senior Director: HR at the Mangosuthu University of Technology and Executive Director: HR at the University of South Africa. He has done consulting work in HR and risk management.


Siphiwe Moyo

Chairman, South African Board for People Practices (SABPP)

Siphiwe Moyo is the Chairman of the South African Board for People Practices (SABPP) and the Chief Executive of Paradigm People Solutions. Previously, he was the divisional Head of Learning and Development for at least three JSE listed companies.


Themba Nkosi

General Manager: Human Resources, ArcelorMittal South Africa

Themba Nkosi holds the position of General Manager, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Transformation at ArcelorMittal South Africa. He manages functions including, HR, Corporate Communications, Branding, Corporate Social Investment and the ArcelorMittal Foundation, Internal & External Relations and Government Relations.


Kate Dikgale-Freeman

Owner and Chief Executive Manager of Duma Nathi Africa (Pty) Ltd

Kate Dikgale-Freeman is the Ex-Gauteng Committee Chair and Vice Chair of the SA Board of People Practice (SABPP). She is a graduate from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She also has a Higher Diploma and Certificates in: Education & Training (HED), Training Management (HRTM), Human Resources Management (HRM), and a Cognitive Development Training that was awarded by Vista University and has a certificate in Labour Relations through the University of Pretoria.


Germinah Nyikana

Group Learning and Transformation Manager, Clicks Group Limited

Germinah Nyikana is the Group Learning and Transformation Manager for Clicks Group Limited.
She is responsible for Group learning and development, which includes skills development, bursary scheme and internship programmes, Employment Equity, BBBEE, Corporate Social Responsibility and Employee Wellness.


Edna Sathekga-Montse

Executive: Diversity and Inclusion, RBB at Barclays Africa

Edna Sathekga-Montse is the Executive: Diversity and Inclusion, RBB at Barclays Africa. She has expertise in Transformation, Diversity and Inclusion across various industries including Manufacturing, Professional Services, FMCG, Mining and Financial Services.