John Botha has extensive experience in designing and implementing strategic workforce solutions for businesses in order to ensure a differentiated and sustainable business. John has held several key roles including, chief operating officer of the Confederation of Associations in the Private Employment Sector (CAPES), being a Commissioner for the Employment Equity and Essential Services Commissions, and as a BUSA representative at Nedlac, focusing on Labour Law amendments. John has also represented business at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Geneva. As a sought after strategist, facilitator and advisor, John assists companies in navigating the South African business landscape within the context of labour market policies and law. Judge: Overall Award


Goodnews Cadogan is an executive leadership and professional life coach who focuses on individual, team and organization development, and values-based leadership. As founder of the nonprofit Centre for Courageous Authenticity in Leadership in South Africa, he stresses advocacy, research, displays of courage and authenticity, and professionalism as a means of effecting lasting change or transformation. He qualified as an Engineering Electrician at Volkswagen SA, moved to Goodyear SA and assumed a role of Production Area Manager. His ability to coach and mentor others was seen in the marked improvement of the scorecard for the manufacturing plant.  Judge: Change Agent Award


Isabella Makuta is lauded as one of the most courageous and insightful contributors towards the attraction and retention of technical women in corporate South Africa. She has more than 20 years’ experience in director level roles in the private sector, government and state-owned enterprises. Amongst other qualifications, Isabella holds an MBA from Bond University and has participated in the Executive Leadership Programs at Harvard University and the Wharton School. She is the founding director and chairperson of Group Five‘s award winning Basadi programme, a transformation initiative aimed at fast tracking the development of female employees within the group as well as women-owned businesses within the Construction and Built Environment sector. Judge: Gender Equity Award


Sivaan Marie is a Chartered HR Professional and certified Lead HR Auditor with the SABPP. He currently serves on its Governance Committee. He is a skilled negotiator and an accomplished business coach, experienced at securing optimum people performance in business. He presently serves as Human Capital & Transformation Director within a leading Global Group on the JSE Top 40. He has extensive executive-level experience, gained in general business management, as well as the specialist fields of Human Capital, Transformation Management and Executive Coaching, across multiple industries and in varied businesses. Sivaan’s education spans the fields of Law, Management and Leadership, Transformation and Executive Coaching. Judge: Change Agent Award


Monamodi Matsapola served as the Chairperson of the SABPP Gauteng Provincial Committee until June 2018. He has extensive experience in both the Public and Private Sectors spanning over fourty years in middle and senior management positions in various industries. He is the founder of Sun Integrated Corporate Solutions, a company he directed for eight years as the Managing Executive. He also served as Interim Managing Director of Itumeleng Training Institute as well as Interim Chief Executive for the Afrika Leadership Institute. Monamodi served on the SALGA Capacity Building and Institutional Relience Working Group HRM Committee, SALGA Gauteng Central Bargaining Committee and SALGA HR Practitioners’ Forum. Judge: Diversity and Inclusion Award.


Nat Mbengwa has a diverse business, HR and management experience of more than 20 years that spans start-ups and established organizations. He spearheaded positive changes in organisations’ culture, developing motivated staff, enhancing professionalism and leading HR operations to an increased organizational effectiveness in industries ranging from telecommunications, mining, construction, financial and engineering. Nat is a highly skilled and talented facilitator. He facilitates the training of EE Committees, EE strategy development, the conducting of audits and the development of EE Plans, and the generation of AA measures. Nat holds B Admin Hons and MBL degrees, and has completed the Global Executive Development Programme. Judge: Overall Award


James Mpele is a Leadership and Diversity expert with more than 30 years’ experience as change agent, coach and trainer. He has MSc in Training and HRM from Leicester University. His ideas for creating dynamic and transformed organizations draw well-tested theories and research, having worked with the Business School of the Netherlands, the University of the Free State and many others. He is the author of three books: DIVERSITY A.I.MS – Vital tools for personal transformation and relationship management; DIVERSITY G.O.L.D – Developing the millennial generation into effective leaders; DIVERSITY R.I.C.H.E.S – Essential strategies for managing cross-cultural relationships. Judge: Diversity and Inclusion Award


Annetjie Moore, as Head: HR Audit – SABPP, is responsible for a diverse virtual pool (145) of senior HR Auditors and Lead Auditors who assess the overall governance, relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and performance of the HRM function to support the leaders to achieve business objectives. The audit teams provide independent combined assurance under her guidance. Annetjie is highly skilled as an HR Professional, business developer and project manager. During her rich career, she was successfully involved in international executive search projects. Annetjie holds an M.Com (LPC) and has embarked upon a PhD and is registered as a Master HR Professional at SABPP. She has been a public speaker at various conferences. Judge: HR Enabling Environment Award


Trevonica Naidis the CEO and founder of Transformation Integrated Africa. An accomplished transformation, diversity and human rights senior professional, she has worked across diverse and complex organisations. She has had a varied career journey that includes her role as Chief Diversity Offices for EY Africa, Group Transformation and Diversity Manager for FirstRand Bank and Group Executive for Bankmed. Her recent work includes the research and development of the SAHRC’s Disability Toolkit and Quick Reference Guide and partnering with the SABPP in the development of a HR Standard for Disability. Trevonica holds a number of qualifications including an MBA from UNISA’s Graduate School of Business Leadership. Judge: Disability Employer Award


Adolinda Ann Naicker is an independent HR professional. She has served as the chairperson of Nisaa for the last four years and the vice chairperson of SASQ for the last year. Andolina was the Executive Director of the Business Women's Association and has partnered with the Business Professional Women’s Network to further her empowerment goals of youth development. Adolinda has extensive experience in human resources management across multiple industries, locally and internationally. She is an international speaker and has represented the country and the continent in international conferences to advance female empowerment as well as corporate social responsibility. Adolinda has Degree in Social Science and an MBA. Judge: Gender Equity Award


Virginia Nkobi is a highly experienced manager and strategic visionary leader. She is currently employed as a Senior Manager Human Capital with the National Agricultural Marketing Council and has extensive experience as a HR Generalist responsible for HR Strategic Management, Talent Management, Recruitment and Selection, Change Management, Labour Relations and Policy Development. Virginia was also employed as a Deputy Director Human Resources Manager by the Department of Community Safety and as Key Accounts Human Resources Consultant by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development. Judge: Barriers Analysis and Affirmative Action Measures Award


Moleko Victor Rannona is a business and HR expert in organisational design and governance, with specific focus on transformation, compliance and restructuring. He is currently an Independent Consultant and External Lead Auditor with the SABPP. He has authored and presented articles in Psychology and HR locally and internationally. During the past 29 years, he served on various Board and executive level positions, including being chairperson of EE Forums, Transformation Committees and Social and Labour Plans. Moleko holds an M.Com), Associate Diploma in Banking and Assessor Certificate. He is a Master HR Professional with SABPP and a member of Institute of Directors SA. Judge: Barriers Analysis and Affirmative Action Measures Award


Getty Simelane's has more than 15 years in HR at executive level in a range of sectors, including telecommunications, FMCG and investment banking. She has considerable experience as a non-executive director on several public and private sector companies including being an independent member of Remuneration, HR and Social & Ethics Committees. She serves as the Chair of the Board in Joburg Water and the South African National Blood Services. She is a Master HR Practitioner, and a Fellowship Member of the Institute of Directors SA, and an accredited Sirdar Governance Panelist. Her qualifications obtained in South Africa, the UK and US include an MPhil in Social Policy and a Post-Graduate in Human Resources. Judge: HR Enabling Environment Award


Mabore Sithole is an author, businesswoman and corporate executive. She has a 20 years successful career in Human Resources with 15 years at senior and executive level. Mabore has had pivotal senior roles with a broad range of responsibilities in companies such as OTIS Southern Africa, Sasol and Arivia.kom. Most recently she served as Executive Head: HR at Fraser Alexander where she developed implemented an integrated organizational culture transformation.  She is currently the Head of HRD and Transformation at Anglo American Platinum. Mabore is an inspirational speaker and author on personal leadership. She holds a post graduate degree in HRD management and completed an advanced programme in organizational development. Judge: Disability Employer Award



Thandi Thankge is the former Vice Chairperson of the SABPP and a certified Chartered Director, CD (SA) with the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. She is a seasoned practitioner with extensive experience in the HR generalist field, specifically in the areas of Talent Management and Transformation. Thandi is a registered Psychometrist: Independent Practice HPCSA and a registered Master HR Professional, Generalist, with SABPP. She has worked as Executive: Human Capital for various companies and currently serves on the  Board of the Road Traffic Management Corporation. Thandi holds a MCom degree in Business Management and a BA Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology. Judge: Gender Equity Award


Julia Wood has a BCom Hons degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology. She is currently a Board Member and the HOD of the Oak House Vocational Academy, which provides training to teenagers with special needs. Julia was the founder, director and chairperson of the Board of The Living Link, which provides life skills training, employment and independent living opportunities for adults with cognitive disabilities.Thereafter she was shareholder and Organisational Development Manager for Progression, a company specialising in disability management solutions for corporates. Julia has a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by people with special needs and their families. Judge: Disability Employer Award


Shirley Zinn is currently a non-Exective director of Sygnia Asset Management, an adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town, the president of the Harvard University Alumni Association of South Africa, a member of the Monash University Advisory Committee and a professor of HR Management at the University of Pretoria. She was awarded the Top Woman in Business and Government and Top Executive in Corporate South Africa by Topco Media in 2008. In 2012, Shirley was listed in the Top 30 of the Wonder Women in South Africa by the Wits Business Journal. She is also a mentor to several women in the financial services industry, a patron to the South African Association for Learning and Educational Differences, as well as a patron to the Friends Daycare Centre. Judge: Overall Award