Entries open for prestigious third annual Rising Star Awards

Entries open for prestigious third annual Rising Star Awards

Entries are open for the prestigious third annual Rising Star Awards, as part of a programme that was developed to publicly recognise inspirational and passionate young talented people (between the ages of 28 and 40) who contribute in an encouraging manner to the future of the nation.

Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions, explains who these individuals are.

“Rising Stars are polished, brilliant and talented people with tremendous promise and who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone. They make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value – for companies and themselves – when their talent is spotted and harnessed.”

There are 11 categories that can be entered for the Rising Star Awards, covering a broad spectrum of different professions within business-specific sectors:

  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Energy and Chemicals
  • Entrepreneur
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Media and Marketing
  • Mining and Industrials
  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing, Retail and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG)
  • Public and Private Service
  • Tourism and Hospitality

Barker adds that the Rising Star Programme is far more than just an awards ceremony.

“The programme will establish a living community of young South African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with necessary platforms for development and communication. This will enable them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future South African talent. In short, the programme will nurture these organisational and national assets who are set to play a key role in shaping the country and our continent.”

These objectives will be achieved through the Rising Star Summit, which follows the awards, and the Rising Star Network. The Rising Star Summit brings together the Rising Star community of winners; HR and talent practitioners; learning and development service providers; and organisation leaders. The summit provides the opportunity to discuss ideas and generate mechanisms and engagements that will enable the ongoing identification, recognition and development of this critical organisational and national asset. The Rising Star Network is a closed network for the Rising Star Awards finalists, judges and mentors to provide ongoing support and learning.

The Rising Star Awards is supported by big name sponsors, including (amongst others) ArcelorMittal, Hilton Hotels and Sasol – who have been on board since the establishment of the programme three years ago.

Gys du Toit, Principal Specialist Talent Architecture at Sasol Group, says, “The Rising Star Awards is an ideal platform to showcase South African talent that has the potential to make a difference. Sasol invests significantly in education and skills development beyond our own needs. We’re proud to make a contribution, together with industry, business partners and key stakeholders, in developing and nurturing South African talent so that together, we shape tomorrow.”

Those who wish to enter (either themselves or someone they would like to nominate) have until Monday, 31 March 2014 to do so. Entry forms can be obtained by completing a short assessment request form at

The 2014 Rising Star Awards finalists will be announced in July, followed by the awards ceremony on 28 July, 2014 at the Hilton Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg.

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