RIS­ING STARS cel­e­brated at gala din­ner

CityPress - - News - PHUM­LANI S LANGA phum­lani.sithebe@city­press.co.za

Events cel­e­brat­ing pro­fes­sional ex­cel­lence can be very se­ri­ous. How­ever, the an­nounce­ment of the Ris­ing Star Awards fi­nal­ists was en­joyed by all in at­ten­dance this past week in Sand­ton at the Hil­ton ho­tel be­cause there was no pres­sure on any of the nom­i­nees. The awards shine a light on tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als in var­i­ous busi­ness sec­tors in cat­e­gories rang­ing from ex­cel­lence in ICT to en­ergy and en­vi­ron­ment. This will be the awards’ sixth edi­tion and 60 hope­fuls will be look­ing to win.

The guests were all dressed to the nines, as ex­pected at any gala event. The food wasn’t as deca­dent as you would ex­pect from an evening spon­sored by a ma­jor bank and a high-class ho­tel, but the gen­eral vibe of the evening made up for that; not to men­tion the lovely wines sup­plied by Mul­der­bosch Vine­yards.

The ini­tia­tive is aimed at show­cas­ing young tal­ent with all nom­i­nees un­der the age of 40. Key­note speak­ers in­cluded Bo­nang Mo­hale, CEO of Busi­ness Lead­er­ship SA, and Tourism Min­is­ter Tokozile Xasa.

They both only had en­cour­ag­ing things to say about the event’s ob­jec­tives and the en­ter­pris­ing nom­i­nees.

Tourism Min­is­ter Tokozile Xasa

Bo­nang Mo­hale

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