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2020 marks the inauguration of the SAWIL Top 30 trailblazers Awards celebrated in line with our campaign #SAWILVision2030. We asked you to nominate leader(s) who are pioneers of Transformation, Gender Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in their respective fields. Women who understand the importance of lifting as you rise and actively champion the empowerment of women and girl children. 

Southern Africa, here they are. Your Finalist for the SAWIL Trailblazers Awards 2020 are:

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Zozibini Tunzi

 

Miss Universe 2019. Former Miss South Africa. Nominated for the Southern African Women In Leadership Trailblazers Awards: Honorary Recipient

Based in New York.

South Africa

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Ayanda Thabethe

 

Influential Media Personality.

Actress, MC, TV Host, Business Woman.

South Africa

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Ronel Jooste

 

Award Winning Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker. Qualified Chartered Accountant. Financial Consultant. 

South Africa

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Nomso Kana 

Nuclear Scientist. Managing Director, Commissioner of 4IR at the Presidency (ZA)

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Naledi Ngwato

Commercial Pilot - Fly Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Botswana.

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Stella Bvuma

Head of Department: Dep. of Applied Information Systems - UJ.

South Africa

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Melu Mizinga

Highly Experienced Industry Executive.

MD - ABSA Bank Zambia Plc

Zambia

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Dr Faith Mashele 

Chartered Procurement & Supply Professional. 

Head: Procurement Centre of Excellence - Nedbank.

South Africa.

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Jazz Mbanjwa

Businesswoman, executive coach, radio personality, conversational moderator and mentor. 

South Africa 

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Zandile Mkwanazi

Chairwoman and founder of GirlCode.

South Africa 

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Keabetswe Jan

Globally recognised Social Media Influencer. 

Famous Tweet: "O jewa ke eng?"

South Africa.

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Jacki Mpondo-Hendricks

A seasoned Business strategist, Marketer and Social Activist. 

President: Johannesburg chamber of commerce and industry. 

South Africa.

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Zanele Thabede-Vilakati

Women's Rights Advocate

Acting Director: Women and Law in Southern Africa- Eswatini

Swaziland

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Onke Dumeko

Corporate and Brand Communications Content Strategist. Editor-in-Chief: thebar. Magazine & DESTINY Magazine.

South Africa

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Lianne Du Toit

Tech enthusiast, Impact Entrepreneur and Leader.

Network Director: YPO 

South Africa

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Moreblessing Barker

Civil Engineer Executive.

Cross Border Infrastructure Expert: COMESA.

Zambia

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Dr Tebogo Mashifana

Academic Engineer.

Senior Lecture - University of Johannesburg. Professional Engineering Technologist.

South Africa

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Mamokete Ramathe

Seasoned Investment Executive.

CEO, Mamor Capital

South Africa

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Rapelang Rabana

Internationally Renowned Tech Entrepreneur.

Founder and Chairperson - Rekindle Learning. 

South Africa

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Precious Gondwe

Lawyer CEO

Founding Partner: Precious and Partners

Botswana

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Stha Mavundla

Transformational leader and Scientist.

South Africa, based in China.

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Nompumelelo Mbonane 

Purpose Alignment Strategist.

Qualified Mining Engineer. 

South Africa

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Nangamso Maponya

Investment Banking and Project Finance Professional at the Development Bank of SA.

South Africa

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Dorcas Dube

National Marketing & Communications Manager: Symphonia For SA.

South Africa.

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Thandeka Nombanjinji-Nzama

Pioneering Construction Entrepreneur.

MD - Mbokodo Building (Pty) Ltd.

South Africa

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Kuda Tshiamo-Kgati

Legal Executive.

Head of Legal Services - Botswana Telecommunications Corporation. MD - Linc-Later Investments. Co- founder - Botswana Youth Entrepreneurs.

Botswana.

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Nollie Maoto

A visionary and results-oriented Executive.

Exec. Head of Business Intelligence, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring:

First National Bank (FNB) Contact centre. 

South Africa 

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Senamile Masango

Nuclear Physicist 

Board Member at NECSA. Chairperson of the Research and Development Subcommittee at NECSA.

South Africa

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Dr Xolelwa Zulu Magwenyana

Manager: Strategic Research, Development & Innovation -Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

South Africa

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Moloko Komane

Seasoned ICT Executive.

Group Head of Business Advisory: Multichoice (Africa). 

South Africa 

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Dr Vuyiwe Tsako

Versatile Public Sector Professional. Accounting officer - Umdoni Local Municipality. Published Researcher.

South Africa 

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Lavina Ramkissoon

Pioneer Technologist. 

Chief Executive: R.AI (socil impact – responsible AI), trusource.ai, tutti.ai, Cognax, Rainbow Telecoms Ghana.

South Africa

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Prof Philiswa Nomngongo

Science Professor

Associate Professor - University of Johannesbur. DSI/NRF SARChI Chair - Nanotechnology for water.

South Africa 

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