ImageThe 6th annual Top Women Awards (TWA) took place at the Wanderers Ballroom in Illovo, Johannesburg on Wednesday, 18 November 2009.
These Awards honour South Africa’s corporate pioneers; government employees; and entrepreneurial heroes at the forefront of gender equality. The Top Women in Business and Government publication, in association with Topco Media, is proud to announce the following winners:

Top Gender Empowered Organisation Awards
Top Gender Empowered Company: Mining, Engineering and Construction: SEW Eurodrive
Top Gender Empowered Company: Science, Pharmaceuticals and Health: Sechaba Medical Solutions
Top Gender Empowered Company: Transport - Hauliers Consortium
Top Gender Empowered Company: Financial Services - PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc
Top Gender Empowered Company: ICT - Nashua Mobile
Top Gender Empowered Company: Business Support Services - Adams & Adams
Top Gender Empowered Company: Emmergent Companies & SMME’s - Three City Events
National, Provincial or Local Government Department: Department of Public Works
Government Agency or Parastatal: Gender Links

Individual Awards
Top Woman Entrepreneur: Jacqueline Carrol - Media Works
Top Young Woman Entrepreneur: Johanna Mukoki - Travel with Flair
Top Woman Executive: Judy Van Es - Murray & Roberts
Top Woman in the Public Sector: Hendrietta Ipeleng Bogopane-Zulu – Department of Public Works
Top Women Owned Company: Voltsing Electrical

Top Gender Empowered Company of the Year: Sechaba Medical Solutions
Top Woman of the Year in Business: Johanna Mukoki – Travel with Flair

The Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award for dedication to Gender Empowerment was given to Joyce Piliso-Seroke.

Ms. Piliso-Seroke was the Chairperson of the Commission on Gender and Equality. Commissioner Piliso-Seroke was National Secretary of the World Affiliated Y W C A, specialising in Leadership Development and Advocacy. She was appointed in 1995 by the Minister of Public Enterprises to the ESKOM Council and she still is a member.

Furthermore, she is a Board Member of Women's Development Foundation and serves in the National Executive of READ. She was appointed Committee member of the Human Rights Violation Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission from March 1996 - June 1998. Unfortunately Ms Piliso-Seroke was unable to attend the event and the award was accepted by Dr. Brigalia Bam on her behalf.

“The Top Women Awards event was not only as a wonderful networking occasion, but also an opportunity to celebrate companies and individuals who contribute to the empowerment of women, who inspire transformation and who strive to affect change through their business practices and within communities. We would like to congratulate all the winners and finalists and thank them for participating,” says Ilse Pienaar, the Publisher of the Top Women in Business and Government publication