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How to put value to employer of choice in tough economic times


20 June 2016


How to put value to employer of choice in tough economic times

Human Resources is often seen as an insignificant part in most organisations, however, it has progressed from an admin focused function to a strategic business effort and for that reason a significant number of individuals are pushing boundaries, which The Future of HR Awards in association with Careers 24 recognise. The awards bring together some of the most highly acclaimed academics, industry leaders, private sector experts and public sector organisations to adjudicate South Africa’s top organisations on how their strategies are impacting high-performance and creating ever rising imperative to be employer of choice. 

 “The new era of change is expected. The current economic climate demands smarter operational methods of business. We all understand that people are integral to business performance. If all our businesses succeed, then our economy and our nation succeed. Everything about business is people related. Whether we are speaking about staff, clients, customers, community, shareholders or any other stakeholder, these are all people”, says Shirley Zinn, Strategic Advisor to Topco Media.

Kay Vittee, CEO, Quest Staffing Solutions and one of the judges said, “Organisations have definitely recognised that people are their competitive asset and their programmes, incentive schemes and reward structures have represented that in the judging process. When judging I look at the holistic approach, which has to encompass every element, not just recognition but also reward. But more importantly how does the programme ensure that there is business success both now and into the future”.

The Future of HR Awards entrants are individuals and organisations from both the public and private sector. The entrants have outlined their challenges, shown passion within their profession and worked tirelessly to innovate HR Practices that drive high-performance.

“HR will be judged by how well it enables the business strategy, optimizes workforce performance and assists employees to thrive and achieve their full potential”, said Italia Boninelli, former Executive Vice President: People and Organizational Development at AngloGold Ashanti, and 2015 Lifetime Achiever Award Winner at the 2015 Future of HR Awards. 

“We have seen some really amazing organisations that have entered – really quality entrants as far as organisations are concerned. People are doing fantastic stuff around HR practices. As judges we have to separate the best from the best,” said Siphiwe Moyo, Chairman, South African Board for People Practices (SABPP).


Meet the Future of HR Awards finalists:


HR Champion (CEO)

Amatola Water – Lefadi Makibinyane

Boniswa Corporate Solution – Lynette Magasa

Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) – Julie-May Ellington

merSETA – Dr Raymond Patel

Thebe Reed Exhibition – Carol Weaving

Water Research Commission – Dhesigan Naidoo


HR Rising Star of the Year

Argility – Candice Booysen

Bidvest Steiner – Theo Tshanga

Entelect Software – Yatish Parshotam

Eskom – Mafeto Patrick Mailula

Global Business Solutions – Grant Wilkinson

Home of Living Brands – Nina Sternberg


HR Manager of the Year

Accountability – Heather Swinerd

AOS Partners – Aimee McNamara

Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) – Portia Mkhabela

Elgin Brown & Hamer – Veni Gopalan

Entelect Software – Yatish Parshotam

Schenker South Africa – Isubel Venter

SilverBridge Holdings – Ruth Wotela

The MSA Group – Claire McMaster

President Hotel – Dee Orrie

Trudon – Mashudu Malivha

Umsinsi Health Care – Thomas Mphahlele

Rand Water Board – Hudson Maila


HR Director of the Year

21st Century Pay Solutions – Morag Phillips

Aspen Pharmacare – Gerhard Fouché

Bidvest Steiner – Theo Tshanga

Department of Science & Technology – Naledi Modibedi

General Electric (Steam Power Systems) – Matsiliso Eseu

GIBB – Philip Barnard

HSBC Africa – Sharmila Govind

Liberty Group– Nobantu Masebelanga

Otis SA – Loueen Jones-Paulsen

Peermont Group – Fihliwe Nkomo

Sun International – Verna Robson

Trollope Mining Services – Johan Momberg

WSP Group Africa – Shanitha Singh



Employer of Choice: Large Organisation

Cape Town International Convention Centre

DHL Express

Eastvaal Motors



Siemens SA


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


Winners will be announced on Thursday 21 July 2016 in Johannesburg. For more information, contact: Sheri Morgan on 086 000 9590 or e-mail:


If you would like to book to attend, contact Rose Setshoge on 086 000 9590 or e-mail:

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