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About the Future of HR Awards

19 July 2018 | The Capital on the Park |  Sandown | Johannesburg

The Future of HR Awards seeks to recognise South Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in people management strategies and HR innovation. This popular annual gathering provides a deserved platform for high-performance pioneers, highlighting their achievements for local and international business to see.In honouring the strides these companies and individuals are making, the Awards set new benchmarks for visionary companies to pursue.


Congratulating the Winners of the 2018 Future of HR Awards



Employer of Choice: Large Organisation

Sponsored by Careers24


Pick n Pay is the first local retailer to trial environmentally-friendly compostable bags. The whole word thanks you!

Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisation


Bellville’s W-Tech provides polymer, composite & insulation products to local & international clients.

W-ell done

Employer of Choice: Public Sector

Sponsored by Public Sector Magazine


Since inception, the Coega project in the Eastern Cape has created 100 000 new jobs. Amazing work!

2018 Technology Champion


Bestmed is SA’s fourth largest open medical scheme, present in the country now for 53 years – and years ahead of the tech curve.

HR Tech Service Provider of the Year


Owned by Absalom Systems, Smart HR is the HR tech provider of choice for many of SA’s  blue chip companies. And they’re really smart.

Best Learning & Development Strategy Award


With around 50 000 employees, SA’s ports and logistics parastatal is headquartered in the iconic Carlton Centre.

HR Consultancy of the Year


Connect has a network of specialists who solve clients’ challenges through an integrated approach.  Get your people to call their people. About your people.

Corporate Wellness Champion


Did you know? Nestle SA also won the Top 500 Awards Corporate Wellness Award in May this year. Doubling the goodness!


HR Rising Star of the Year Award

Sponsored by SABC


Lee Watts is the recruitment and people analytics manager for online travel company Travelstart, where he’s really … taking off.


Future of HR Hall of Fame Award


Dr. Ndzwayiba is Netcare’s Head of Transformation and People Development. He is known as a leader who truly cares for his people.

HR Leader of the Year Award


Associate Vice President & Head of HR for Aegis, Phillip has won several global awards in his career before taking this trophy. Outstanding!

CEO of the Year Award


Jonathan Goldberg is known countrywide as a leading voice in Labour Law & Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment. For his contributions to HR, business and our society as a whole, Jonathan is Future of HR Gold.



2018 Advisory Council


Regional HR Manager | Africa at Masscash



Speaker, Author + Thought Leader



Associate Director | People & Organisation



Competency Leader | People & Organisation



Executive Head of HR & Transformation | Santam



CEO | SA Board for People Practices (SABPP)



Managing Director | Isilumko



Anglophone Africa Human Resources VP | International Operations | Schneider Electric



CEO | SA Board for People Practices (SABPP)






Employer of Choice: Large Organisation

  • Assupol
  • Pick ‘n Pay
  • Aegis Outsourcing
  • Aspen Pharmacare
  • Mundipharma
  • Digital Planet
  • Get Smarter

2018 Technology Champion Award

  • Passion4Performance
  • TATA Consultancy Services
  • Bestmed Medical Scheme
  • GlobalTrack
  • Corex

Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisation

  • LA Consulting Engineers
  • W-Tech Manufacturing
  • Fibon Energy
  • ICHAF Training Institute

Employer of Choice: Public Sector

sponsored by

  • COEGA Development Corporation
  • National Youth Development Agency
  • Transport Education Training Authority
  • South African Oil & Gas Alliance

Best Learning & Development Strategy

  • Aegis Outsourcing
  • Global Business Solutions
  • Ngubane & Co
  • Edit Microsystems
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Transnet
  • Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (RIIS)

HR Consultancy of the Year

  • Beyond Transform
  • Talent Evolution
  • Strata G-Labour Solutions
  • 2Connect

HR Tech Service Provider of the Year

  • Imenent (Pty) Ltd
  • Placement Partner
  • Smart HR
  • People Tree
  • Global Track
  • Corex

Corporate Wellness Champion

  • Nestle South Africa
  • E-Waste
  • GetSmarter
  • Bestmed Medical Scheme
  • Transnet


HR Rising Star of the Year

  • Lee Watts – Travel Start
  • Beverley Rosan – Work Dynamics
  • Praveshan Naidoo – E-Waste
  • Cedrick Diphoko – DNA Brand Architects
  • Nkonya Magdeline Makgalemele – Lotshephe Development Engineers

HR Leader of the Year

  • Teresa Badenhorst – Ricoh
  • Basetsana Magano – Phetogo Consulting
  • Phillip Tshikotshi – Aegis Outsourcing
  • Ogotlhe Satekge – Transnet
  • Shanitha Singh – METSO
  • Shadrack Mbaiwa – Builders Warehouse
  • Gerhard Fouche – Aspen Pharmacare
  • Nikhil Dabhole – Tata Consultancy Services
  • Carol Weaving – Reed Exhibitions

Hall of Fame Award

  • Benedicta Mahlangu-Durcan – Saldanha Bay IDZ
  • Nceba Ndzwayiba – Netcare
  • Gerhard Fouche – Aspen Pharmacare
  • Dirusha Ganapathy Juta – Beyond Transform
  • Hawa Charfaray – Training Excellence
  • Keitumetse Lebaka – Cathsseta

CEO of the Year

  • Francois Wilbers – Work Dynamics
  • Maphefo Anno-Frempong – Transport Education Training Authority
  • Jonathan Goldberg – Global Business Solutions
  • Basetsana Magano – Phetogo Consulting
  • Devon Moonsamy – ICHAF Training Institute
  • Jacqueline Pillay – Jasjian







Future of HR | 2018 Awards Categories

Individual Awards

Future of HR Hall of Fame Award

This is the highest possible accolade bestowed at the Future of HR Awards. It is reserved for an industry-respected, highly experienced individual who, through their visionary people management strategies and leadership prowess for at least ten years, have made an outstanding and lasting contribution to the organisation(s) they have worked for, and to the HR industry as a whole.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • A brief summary of your personal impact on the HR component in specific organisations and/or your personal impact on advancing South Africa’s HR industry as a whole.
  • Examples of achievements in human capital management of which you are particularly proud.
  • Any previous industry accolades earned.

HR Leader of the Year

This hotly-contested award is open to the most accomplished, innovative and respected leader of an organisational HR team (4 or more people). He or she will demonstrate a track record of excellence in overseeing all employee engagement, and consistently inspiring his or her team to deliver their best, in sustaining a high-performance HR function that attracts top talent – and retains it.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • The difference you have made since taking up your HR leadership role, in maximising the HR function’s efficiency.
  • Improvements in employee acquisition, retention and engagement.
  • Demonstration of strategic alignment of HR with the aims of directors/management.

HR Rising Star of the Year

This award recognises a dynamic, energetic young HR practitioner who has achieved phenomenal results within less than five years of commercial experience. The winning individual in this category will demonstrate a talent for disrupting tradition and taking the HR component forward in new and exciting directions – to great effect.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Any innovative strategies you have introduced into the HR function.
  • A track record of growing success in your role.
  • Affinity with value-adding HR tech solutions.
  • An outline of your next big HR goals.

CEO of the Year

What defines the iconic winner of this headline category? Fundamentally, a demonstrable track record in prioritising the wellbeing and happiness of the people that make his or her company great. He or she will be widely respected and liked within the organisation, and will also have an admirable reputation among peers and competitors. The winner will be a change management and employee engagement champion; a leader who enriches and inspires all around him, while being instrumental in driving business performance.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Your entrenchment of a people-centric approach across the organisation.
  • Improved bottom-line performance since your appointment.
  • Successful buy-in of your vision for the organisation, from all employees and stakeholders.
  • Success in positioning the organisation as a top company to work for.
  • Your vision for the organisation in the next five years.

Organisation Awards

Employer of Choice: Large Organisations

This award recognises the best big companies to work for in South Africa. At the core of any great organisation is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive and enjoyable place of work. As an employer of choice, your reputation precedes you and jobseekers view you as a desirable place to work. That’s the first goal of any effective recruitment strategy – to be a 1st choice employer for top talent.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • A fulfilling workplace environment that brings out the full potential of the workforce.
  • Effective recruitment, engagement and retention of superior employees.
  • Low rate of staff turnover.

Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisations

This award recognises the best small-to-medium-sized organisation (annual revenue R5 – R35-million) to work for in South Africa. Organisations must show how they have implemented effective HR policies that have enriched the employee experience and attracted top people to the organisation.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Achievements in areas such as organisational culture and leadership; employee education, training & development; employee health, safety & satisfaction; Evidence of performance management and employee recognition.
  • Low rate of staff turnover.

Employer of Choice: Public Sector Organisations

This award recognises the best Public Sector organisation to work for. Key to any efficient Public Sector entity is an HR department whose innovative values create a productive, happy environment – because this plays a major policy role in establishing standards of excellence in response to South Africans’ service delivery needs.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • High rate of efficiency, testifying to employees’ motivation.
  • The calibre of people working for you.
  • A culture of staff development and advancement.
  • Low rate of staff turnover.

Best Learning and Development Strategy

This award recognises and celebrates the HR team, HR-strong organisation or employee learning service provider, that has delivered impressive outcomes by maximising the training and skills development of employees, with positive business results. “Learning and Development” can encompass coaching, mentoring programmes, bursaries, internships, e-learning, etc.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • The effectiveness of your learning strategies or solutions in upskilling employees.
  • The cost-effectiveness of your strategies or solutions.
  • Their positive impact on both employee motivation and business performance.

2018 Technology Champion – Organisation

This category’s trophy will go to a company that has fully embraced digital disruption and motivated its employees to do the same, by evolving its workplace culture to become rich in the use of innovative technology; including “smart office” systems, cloud-based worksharing solutions; cutting-edge conferencing technology, digital learning opportunities for staff, etc.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • An innovation-driven workplace environment, drawing on a variety of technological solutions.
  • Significant level of capital invested in technology within the last 1-2 years.
  • Improved business performance due to the successful integration of your human and tech capital.

2018 Technology Champion – HR Team

This award goes to an HR team that is using the latest HR-specific technology to greatest effect – making it a highly responsive and effective HR department. The result: a higher staff retention rate and effective talent acquisition; improved engagement with staff; efficient HR processes and high staff satisfaction levels.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • High levels of efficiency.
  • Consistent staff engagement.
  • Particular tech solutions you have introduced, with positive outcomes.
  • Improved departmental cost-efficiency.

Social Media Talent Sourcing Award

59% Of employees say that their company’s social media played a role in them taking the job. The winning organisation, recruitment company or HR team will be deploying a variety of social media platforms (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, etc.) to source and acquire industry-best talent.

The judges want to know about more than acquisition numbers; they will also consider the size of entrants’ online communities, as well as the use of social media tools such as targeted post-boosting, Facebook Pixel, LinkedIn Conversion Tracking; and Google Analytics.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • An effective social media-recruitment strategy – and the results thereof.
  • High levels of inbound enquiries due to an extensive social media reach.

HR Tech Service Provider of the Year

This award looks for innovative South African service providers that create and distribute HR technology solutions to clients in business or government – for example, payroll software solutions or user-friendly digital HR platforms for employees. Enter now if you can showcase cost-effective tech solutions that you have provided to clients, to boost their HR function’s impact and efficiency.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Examples where your South-African-made tech solutions have had an effective, positive impact on the HR function of a client company.
  • Plans to evolve or expand your offering going forward.

Corporate Wellness Champion

The winner of this category will show sustained commitment to, and investment in, employee health and wellbeing. The Judges will look for awareness campaigns or programmes focused on employee health and wellness; and a corresponding positive impact on attendance and productivity. The scope is broad: examples might range from in-office wellness classes to rest rooms, healthy catering, flexitime or natural light and aeration.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Examples of successful awareness campaigns or workplace health & wellness programmes.
  • Decreased absenteeism.
  • Improved employee wellness, motivation and productivity.

HR Consultancy of the Year

An “HR Consultancy of the Year” candidate is defined as an independent service provider contracted by clients, on an ad hoc or project basis, to advise on or oversee change management, improvements to HR processes, or one-on-one engagement with employees as a diplomatic and impartial resource.

Aim to demonstrate:

  • Expertise in change management and human capital strategy.
  • Past track record or history of successes in HR consulting, to international standards.
  • Examples of ad hoc or project work for clients that has resulted in the expected outcomes.
  • Testimonial material from clients may form part of your submission.




Employer of Choice: Small to Medium Organisation


Mundipharma (Pty) Ltd is a leading pharmaceutical company specialising in pain management. It launched in SA in 2011, as part of a global network of companies. Mundipharma’s passion and commitment to its patients is equaled only by the amazing way it treats its employees.

Employer of Choice: Large Organisation

Sponsored by Careers24


Assupol Life provides funeral, life, savings and retirement annuity products;   and caters to a whopping 76% of the public sector. Assupol was the first insurer to introduce the 48-hour-claim turnaround – now an industry norm. Assupol regards every employee as key to its success.

Employer of Choice: Public Sector

Sponsored by Public Sector Magazine


One of SA’s top water utilities. Based in KZN, Mhlathuze supplies water to communities across 37 000 square kilometers. The organisation prides itself on its people and, in particular, has a high number of women at all levels. Mhlathuze is the public sector’s employer of choice.

Best Workplace Diversity & Inclusion Strategy


Isilumko is a black-owned company, trading since 1992 and specialising in staffing entry level white collar positions in call centres, administration, back offices and sales departments; most especially in finance, retail and telecommunications. Isilumko prides itself on its flat company structures, open communications and refreshing lack of hierarchy.

Best HR Industry Innovation Using Technology Award

Sponsored by Kyocera Document Solutions


Ericsson has been at the forefront of communications for 140 years and, today, it carries 40% of the world’s mobile traffic! It’s SA operation is renowned as a forward-thinking great place to work. To quote one of the employee reviews on “Everyday there’s an opportunity to learn something new. Great people with multiple skills to learn from. Wonderful environment for growth. Opportunity to travel.”

Best Learning & Development Strategy Award


Through its low-bandwidth online training platforms, Fuel enables companies to give their people the training they need, wherever they are. With over 15 years’ experience in engineering compelling, tailored training solutions, Fuel are streaking ahead with tomorrow’s learning channel of choice:
high-quality online video content.

Best Health & Wellbeing Strategy Award


AfroCentric Health has an array of brands grouped under its umbrella; the largest being Medscheme, South Africa’s second largest health administration provider. Afrocentric believes that attracting and retaining the best people is not just about remuneration; it’s about creating an environment that is fully supportive of employees’ mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well being.

Best HR Team of the Year Award


Pick n Pay is known for putting people at the heart of its business. This philosophy informs everything it does, from how it treats customers to supporting the goals of 40 000  staff members. 40 000? That’s a big HR responsibility! Pick n Pay encourages employee growth and promotion from within. For bringing out the best in people, Pick n Pay, yours is the HR team of the year!


HR Rising Star of the Year Award


Tascha launched Green Grass Consulting in 2012 after spotting the need for a recruitment experience that didn’t leave clients pulling at their hair. From day one, Tascha vowed to take every client and every candidate seriously – no matter how big or small. Surrounded by her strong and loyal team, Tascha is bringing more and more top people together with the right roles, and earns high praise from her clients across South Africa. Tascha, YOU are the Rising Star of 2017!

HR Hall of Fame Award


Jeanett has been Santam’s much loved Executive Head of HR since 2014. She also serves as Non-Executive Director for Indwe Broker Holdings. Previous roles have seen her shine at SAP Africa, AngloGold Ashanti, IDC and Mutual & Federal. Amongst many, many other achievements, Jeanett has been a Non-Executive Director for Save the Children SA. A qualified Nurse and Midwife, her impressive academics include an MBL, B.Com & MDP (Unisa), SEP and AMP. Throughout all of her years as a high-achiever, Jeanett has remained  the ultimate embodiment of a true people-leader: empathic, wise, humble and down to earth. Congratulations and welcome to the Future of HR Hall of Fame, Jeanett Modise.

HR Leader of the Year Award

Sponsored by Thomas International


Dirusha’s many previous accolades attest to her extraordinary charisma and passion. At IBM, she was awarded for her contribution to a Global HR transformation project. She was awarded Group Services Excellence Award at Africa Bank for setting a new standard of HR excellence. Her most recent accolade, in February this year, saw Dirusha awarded by the World HRD Congress as one of the “100 Most Influential Global HR Professionals.”

She is a respected member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of SA), the Institute of People Management and the South African Career Development Association. Motivated by a desire to make a difference and a game-changing contribution to the HR industry, Dirusha recently set up an HR and Life- Coaching Consultancy, Beyond Transform,  aimed at addressing the fundamental HR gaps identified during her own corporate career. Dirusha is truly a key thought leader in redefining the Future of HR for all of us.

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