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About The Awards

The 6th annual Future of HR Awards will honour southern Africa’s most outstanding, inspiring and effective leaders in human capital management, HR innovation and HR tech; highlighting their achievements for local and international peers to emulate and moving the industry forward. Featuring new awards categories and entry criteria updated in collaboration with our Advisory Panel of HR industry experts, the awards have been attracting enquiries months in advance from South Africa, neighbouring countries and even Asia.

Why Enter?

  • Be seen as an HR champion and innovator
  • Attract the best talent from interns to managerial level
  • Network with the best in business
  • Click with the latest digital advances in HR
  • Gain the recognition you deserve

Don’t just take our word for it, though: read our latest endorsement, received from past winner Candice Booysen of Argility – our Rising Star award recipient in 2016. She has since gone on to be nominated as a Finalist for the IPM HR Director of the Year Excellence Award and was recently recognised as one of the world’s 100 most influential HR professionals by the World HRD Congress in Mumbai.

Why Become a Sponsor?

  • Position you & your business as an authority in your industry
  • Interact with your target market
  • Establish your business as a thought leader & make new contacts
  • Receive extensive brand recognition
  • New clients, new customers, new business
  • Market your business inexpensively & in a meaningful way
  • Enhance your credibility
  • Communicate your corporate values

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Exhibition Partners


Local & International Speakers


Breakaway Sessions

2020 Judges

Abey Kgotle

Executive Director:

Human Resources and Corporate Affairs

Alice Bhebhe​

Director Learning & Leadership Development


Brendan Sayer

Chief Executive Officer


Brigitte Da Gama

Chief People’s Officer

McDonald’s South Africa

Dr Jerry Gule​

Chief Executive Officer

Institute of People Management (IPM)

Francois Wilbers

Managing Director

Work Dynamics

Mpho Ledwaba

Head Of Marketing

JSE Limited

Naomi Brehm

Chief Executive Officer

EVA Solutions

Nobantu Masebelanga

Divisional Executive: Human Capital

Liberty Group South Africa

Nonhlanhla Mhlungu

VP Human Resources


Tamara Parker

CEO South Africa


Vanisha Balgobind​

Executive Head of Human Resources


Xolani Mawande

Chief Executive Officer


Future of HR 2020 Categories

Future of HR 2020 Categories

Request an official entry from to see full entry criteria and guidelines.

Individual Awards



HR Director of the Year Award



This award recognises the HR Director at an executive level, who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during the last 12 months. The individual should show clear and successful articulation of a compelling, unique and relevant employee value proposition. Effective implementation of bold, visionary, innovative people strategies, which directly contribute to organisational goals. Evidence of what they have done to improve the quality of HR operations and processes in the business

CEO of the Year Award


What defines the iconic winner of this headline category?

Fundamentally, a demonstrable record of accomplishment 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 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 those around them, while being instrumental in driving business performance.

HR Rising Star of the Year

(35 Years or Younger)


This award recognises a dynamic, energetic, young HR practitioner who has achieved phenomenal results within less than five years of commercial experience. The individual needs to show strategies that he/ she has introduced into the HR function to improve the organisation’s people strategy. Demonstrate an outline of their next big HR goals. Show a record of accomplishment of growing success in their role.

Lifetime Achievement in the HR Industry Award


This is the highest honour and most coveted award at the FOHR Awards. This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry as a whole through visionary people management strategies and leadership. While we welcome nominations in this category, note that they are not reviewed by the judging panel. Rather, the recipient of this award will be decided in consultation with our advisory board.

Organisation Awards

Employer of Choice: Large Organisations


This award recognises the best big companies to work for, with 1000+ employees. 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 is the first goal of any effective recruitment strategy – to be a first choice employer for top talent.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Employer of Choice: Small To Medium Organisations


This award recognises the best small-to-medium-sized organisation with 100-999 employees and R5-50 million annual turnover (or equivalent).

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 society’s service delivery needs.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best HR Strategic Plan


This award recognises the HR team that has driven and implemented the most innovative and successful strategic plan. The implementation of this strategy must have had demonstrable large-scale positive impact on the work environment.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Reward and Recognition Strategy


This award recognises excellence and innovation in employee reward and recognition programmes and initiatives. Recognition will be given to organisations that have closely aligned a rewards and benefits strategy to the business objectives in order to incentivise and enhance productivity. Organisations must demonstrate tangible evidence that shows how the reward strategy had a direct impact on employee engagement and subsequently, the organisation’s bottom line.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Recruitment Strategy 


This award recognises excellence and innovation in recruiting and staffing initiatives. Organisations in the category must demonstrate innovation and bottom line contribution through enhanced recruitment and improved retention as well as a clear narrative that demonstrates why the strategy was implemented and how it is having an impact on the organisation.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Change Management Strategy


This award recognises excellence in the area of shaping, managing and influencing organisational change; including mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and strategic or cultural change. Recognition will be given to organisations who discuss the completions of a successful people focused change program; shows outstanding communication, implementation and measurement strategy and statistics of positive employee satisfaction metrics pre and post organisational change.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Strategy


This award highlights the employee engagement strategy that has achieved the most impact on employee morale and performance across an organisation taking into consideration the inclusion of history, types and variety of programmes and activities used for employee engagement. Organisations in the category must demonstrate innovative strategies implemented within the last year and the impact of employee engagement on retention rates, and be able to show the alignment of engagement strategies with career development strategies. Other criteria include the balance between employee morale and engagement and return on investment.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Use of Technology Award


This award recognises excellence in the area of human capital technology used by an in-house HR team. Technology applications can include HR software and analytic systems, online recruitment or an e-learning programme. Applicants should discuss the innovation and process used, explaining what variety of software and solutions have been used, showing how these processes have improved efficiencies and the cost savings gained from this use of technology. In addition to this, specifying which resources have been allocated towards training, manpower, systems, technology and so on. Applicants should also highlight the use of technology in non-administrative functions, including recruitment, talent development, Return on Investment, communications and training.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Learning and Development Strategy


This award recognises and celebrates the HR team that has delivered the most outstanding organisational benefits by directly linking the training needs of their people to the business needs of their organisation. Applicants should indicate the amount spent on investment in the development of their people across an entire organisation, in particular via coaching and mentoring. They should outline the business case, strategy and how it was communicated to the workforce. They should also show evidence of the program success and workforce benefit.

Annual revenue must be above R35 Million per Annum.

Best Health and Wellness Strategy


This award recognises excellence in the area of corporate health and wellbeing by showing commitment to employee health and wellbeing. Applicants should discuss awareness policies and programs implemented as well as future programs planned to enhance and improve health and wellness for employees. The number of employees should be indicated as well as the schemes implemented and percentage involved against the total size of company. It is necessary to show the effectiveness of the programs, the management support and participation, the recorded impact on employee productivity and retention as well as the annual staff turnover rate.

Annual revenue must be R5 – R35 Million per Annum.

Winners 2019

Healthy Living Consulting

Unilever South Africa

Angie Ontong – The Department of Trade & Industry

Oracle South Africa

Linda Cronje – Mediclinic Medforum


Sponsored by

National Housing Finance Corporation

Nico van der Westhuizen – Imperial Logistics

Swift Human Resources

Cindy Wiggins – ACG Fruit

Finalists 2019

Sponsored by

Africa Biomass Company

CBRE GWS Facilities Management


Entelect Software

Imperial Logistics


National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia

Pragma Holdings

Unilever South Africa


Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency

Entelect Software

Imperial Logistics

National Housing Finance Corporation

Turner & Townsend

Pragma Holdings


Automotive Industry Development Centre

National Treasury

National University of Lesotho


Imperial Logistics

Rand Water Board

Unilever South Africa

Right to Care

2U Inc

Healthy Living Consulting

Imperial Logistics

Nestle South Africa

Telesure Investment Holdings

Vacation Exchanges International t/a RCI

Edit Microsystems

Entelect Software

Global Business Solution

Imperial Logistics

Unilever South Africa

The Department of Trade & Industry

African Management Initiative

Andries Muller – Pernod Ricard South Africa

Jakes Doorsamy – Sanofi Aventis SA

Khanya Teresa Magudulela – Imperial Logistics

Lucia McMullan – Nando’s

Mechell Chetty – Unilever South Africa

Wayida Mohamed – Rand Water Board

Neo Selwe – TBWA

Candice Watson – British American Tobacco

Jasmin Pillay – Microsoft South Africa

Phumudzo Maboho – South African Qualification Authority

Angie Ontong – The Department of Trade & Industry

Tracey Rowe – Derivco

Xinglin Liu – Hisense SA

Stanley Chikwati – ZB Financial Holdings

Aspiration Software

Direct Hire Recruitment Software

Oracle South Africa

Petros Business Solutions

Placement Partners

PSIber Solutions

Vantage Data


Yellow Seed

Chantal Endemann – All Office Equipment

Christa Small – Imperial Logistics

Kareema Petersen – WNS Global Services

Linda Cronje – Mediclinic Medforum

Nomsa Ntshingila – National Housing Finance Corporation

Karen Scholtz – South African Heritage Resources Agency

Ntsako Mpenyana – Sun International

Lerato Rampa – Mpact


Dalitso Consulting

Leisuretrade Investment t/a Bon Hotel Bfn Central

Mobile Decisioning Africa

Qunu Staffing


HR Company Solutions

Sponsored by

Air Traffic Navigation Service

Coega Development Corporation

National Housing Finance Corporation

Rand Water Board

uShaka Marine World


Automotive Industry Development Centre

Alana James – The Sunflower Fund

Cameron Sello Morajane – Commission for Conciliation Mediation & Arbitration (CCMA)

Keitumetse Lebaka – Cathsseta

Nico van der Westhuizen – Imperial Logistics

Preneshen Munian – TLC Marketing

Martin Mokgware – BOCRA

Dalitso Consulting

Global Business Solution

Phetogo Consulting

Swift Human Resources

Yellow Seed

NSC Global Technology

Cindy Wiggins – ACG Fruit

Mieke van Zyl – Africa Biomass Company

Senorita Lobo – Mac Consultant

Shannon Uys – Imperial Logistics

Thobile Dlamini – AV Light Steel

Maletsela Mphutlane – National University of Lesotho

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2020 Media Partners


2019 Speakers

Opening Address by Gold Sponsor: Careers24

Marc Privett

General Manager

VIP Guest Speaker: Google

Lorraine Landon

Head of Agencies


Lorraine Landon is the Head of Agencies at Google and it is her job to make sure that the agencies in South Africa are excited about partnering with Google to explore the best business solutions for their clients.

Before joining Google 4 and a half years ago, she worked as a Digital Media strategic consultant to agencies, after 6 years within the media agency space. She is a committed digital advocate, playing an active role in digital education across agencies, as well as getting involved in programs where people are introduced to job opportunities within the digital space. Her passions are Strategy (media, marketing, and communication) and People and luckily, at Google she is given the opportunity to indulge these on a daily basis.

In partnership with Simplify, the Future of HR Summit & Awards brings together CEOs, HR leaders and HR tech innovators from across southern Africa.

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