Rising Star – The Annual

Rising Star – The Annual is a publication that highlights the gems of wisdom and knowledge discovered through the Rising Star Programme in South Africa and serves to give back to all of those that have supported the project over the past few years.

This publication aims to:


Help SA government and businesses understand:

Provide the following Editorial Features:

Distribute the latest News and Information to:

Provide the following benefits for advertisers:

• How we can develop the leaders of tomorrow
• How we can create role models for people of all backgrounds in business
• Overcoming key issues businesses face when trying to recruit international talent
• Unmissable strategies and practices for attracting, training and retaining top talent
• How the government and companies can create growth through employment opportunity
• The skills we will need now, and how we should educate the workforce of tomorrow
• How government and businesses can work together to tackle our crippling youth unemployment
• What the government needs to do to make employment red tape more manageable

• Talent: Whose Job Is It Anyway?
• The Stars Speak Out – What Engages Me?
• Can Talent Aspirations and Organisational Goals be Aligned?
• Women in traditionally male industries
• Diversity in talent: the Art of Balance
• Social media – the new way of doing business
• Profit with Purpose – the role of CSI in talent retention
• The ROI of developing talent
• The value of Mentorship and Skills transfer in developing and retaining talent
• Inner Resource, Outer Success (Rising Stars)

  • All our recognized Stars over the past 4 years
  • Their Supporters
  • Managers
  • CEOs and
  • Mentors

• Positive impact on employer of choice/great place to work initiatives
• Access to broad network of SA’s identified Rising Stars
• Participation in and access to the development of Rising Star profiles / talent profiles which are culturally sensitive to SA
• Opportunity to engage in dialogue with Rising Stars, other blue chip SA organisations and learning &
• development providers on what development and support needs Rising Stars have / Rising Star identification processes / engagement issues / etc

Editorial Themes:

Featured Companies:


Featured Stars 2015:

Ronnie Mulaudzi
Human Resources Manager - Massmart Holdings

In his current role, Ronnie is responsible for strategically addressing Massmart Head Office HR requirements including talent acquisition, industrial relations, talent management, organisational culture and climate, as well as some Group HR projects. Ronnie has 8 years of experience in HR and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Industrial & Organisational Psychology. He has previously held various HR roles with CEB-SHL, SA Breweries, Dept. of International Relations & Cooperation and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ronnie joined Massmart in January 2013 to head up the Massmart Graduate Development Programme, where he significantly enhanced the Programme, including improving the accreditation level to NQF 7.

Connie Mdladla
Managing Member - Khaas Logistics

This Wits School of Business alumna, felt the burning desire to establish her own clearing and forwarding company after having logged in a few years in a vast myriad logistics firms in Johannesburg. She cut her teeth in shipping at Intertek Testing Services, UTI (Union Transport International); Sebenza Forwarding; Vanguard Shipping; and Expeditors. In 2008, both inspired and intimidated, she put everything on the line and took a second bond on her house in an effort to raise enough start-up capital. The risks paid off. Seven years later, Khaas Logistics is hailed as the go-to-guy for competency and efficiency in international freight logistics.

Dr Kajal Lutchminarian
Medical Doctor: Dept of General Surgery - King Edward Hospital

Graduating top her class in Medical School at Walter Sisulu University, Kajal qualified with her MBChB, Cert. Basic Surgical Skills, Cert. Advanced Trauma Life support, Cert. Masters in Medicine Research Ethics and has passed the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons primary exams. After being crowned Miss India Worldwide 2010 representing SA, Kajal has initiated many outreach programmes for promotion of health education, primarily HIV awareness & prevention. Her goal is to become a Paediatric Surgeon and eventually to work closely with the protocols for National Health Insurance & the Public Health Re‐engineering programme.

Jessica Wheeler
Strategic Planning Director - GREY Africa

Jessica learnt everything she knows from Google, and the clever people she has had the fortune of working with. In her current role, she mines data, makes sense of the consumer landscape madness and regularly tames clients and creatives. She has been at GREY for three years, heading up the PR, Social and Digital Divisions, before earning her way into strategy through a combination of relentless curiosity and an inability to keep her mouth shut. Prior to GREY, Jessica was a Senior Consultant at Ireland-Davenport, working on the South African Tourism business. She has been in marketing for 14 years, but starts everyday assuming nothing.

Kristel Sampson
Group IT / Data Services: Standard Bank,

In her current role Kristel manages the Business Analysis complement for the Change the Bank portfolio serving the IT project needs of 16 countries across Africa. She is passionate about business analysis and solution design has 10 years’ experience in the delivery of IT solutions for both strategic and regulatory projects having delivered solutions across a range of Payments, Operations, Digital Channels, Compliance and Innovation initiatives. Learning is a life-long process for Kristel and she thrives on finding solutions to the business challenges of today and the future.

Amy Mortlock
Product & Marketing Manager - STA Travel South Africa

Having been in the tourism, hospitality and travel industry for 12 years, Amy has spent time working overseas as well as for various hotels and travel companies in Johannesburg. She has been working for STA Travel for over 7 years with her latest appointment heading up the product and marketing portfolio. Her current temporary assignment is gaining insights and experience from one of the biggest divisions of STA Travel in Australia with the hopes to bring this knowledge back to South Africa to help grow the business upon her return.

Michelle Ramnath
General Manager: Digital Division - Britehouse

Michelle enjoys 18 years in the IT industry, occupying various roles during her time as an IT professional. She holds qualifications in Information Technology and Project Management. She has been part of the Britehouse team for the past 10 years. In her current role as General Manager, Michelle runs the Consulting Services business unit of the Digital Division in Britehouse. She is proud to be part of an innovative company that is revolutionising the exciting world of digital “futurology”.

Lee Naik
Managing Director – Digital and Technology Strategy, South Africa Managing Director – Accenture Digital, South Africa

Lee Naik is Managing Director of Digital and Technology Strategy and a member of the Executive Committee at Accenture South Africa. He has also taken on the role as the Managing Director of the Accenture Digital business. Over the course of his career, he has worked across all spheres of government and private sector industries.

Lee’s experience ranges from developing first-in-country strategies and solutions to transforming service delivery, to hands-on delivery managing complex end-to-end programmes.

Lee has a deep understanding and appreciation of the transformative role that technology can play. His current focus is on helping organisations navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technologies, transforming their businesses to remain competitive in an ever-changing and increasingly digital world.

Lee is recognised as one of South Africa’s leading digital and technology transformation experts, and is a frequent speaker and commentator on all media platforms.

Lee qualified from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal with a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Sandra Seabela
Graduate Mining Engineer - Optimum Coal

In her current role, Sandra Seabela is responsible for opencast planning for drilling and blasting and draglines at Optimum coal. Sandra has 3 years of experience in the coal mining industry, in both opencast and underground operations. She has previously worked as production section Miner in Koornfontein underground mines. Sandra is a registered candidate engineer with ECSA and a member of South African Colliery Managers Association (SACMA). She proud to have an adopted school where she tutors Mathematics and Physical science to Grade 12 learners and help prepare them for life after Matric.