About the Judges

A high calibre panel of external panel of judges headed up by KPMG and Dr Mathews Phosa. will be doing the external judging 2 months before the event to shortlist 5 finalists in each category and 1 winner in each. Each partner will be given the opportunity to formally welcome all the judges at the judging venue-giving you a one on one with the first 15 VIP’s

2015’s National Business Awards’ Judges


dr-mathews-phosa Dr Mathews Phosa
Dr Mathews Phosa, an attorney by profession, is a leading figure in South Africa’s business and political world. Dr Phosa opened the first black law practice in Nelspruit in 1981 and worked as a partner until 1985 when he was forced into exile.

vuyo-150x150 Dr Vuyokazi Felicity Mahlati
Dr. Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Mahlati is the Executive Chairperson of Siyaya TV, (pay TV license holder) with Bafana Bafana soccer rights. Dr. Vuyo is the current President of the International Women’s Forum South Africa.

lance Lance Fanaroff
A Professor at the London School of Business describes him as “A Marketing Man & Master Deal-maker”. Through sheer grit & determination, Lance co-founded Integr8 IT from a tiny bedroom in 2001 to its glamorous headquarters today. At a previous Topco National Business Award ceremony.

vanessa-phala Vanessa Phala
Ms. Vanessa Phala is the Executive Director for Social and Transformation Policy at Business Unity South Africa, in which capacity she oversees policy advocacy and has participated in the negotiations of various legislation at NEDLAC.

dumisani_sangweni_nba Dumisani Sangweni
Dumisani Sangweni has more than 15 years’ experience in the airline sector, transport sector and broader corporate and public sectors at the levels of business analyst, consulting and executive management.

elizabeth_warren_nba Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth is a business leader with an extensive knowledge of and specialized skills in developing business strategies, building top executive teams and creating organisational structures.

khanyisile-thandiwe-kweyama Khanyisile Kweyama
Khanyisile Kweyama is the CEO of BUSA (Business Unity South Africa). BUSA is responsible for ensuring that business plays a constructive role in the country’s economic growth, development and transformation and to create an environment in which businesses of all sizes and in all sectors can thrive, expand and be competitive.

Lefadi Makibinyane_Judge - National Business Awards Lefadi Makibinyane
Lefadi Makibinyane is the Chief Executive Officer of Amatola Water. He joined Amatola Water in February 2015 from the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA), where he also served as CEO.

shirley_zinn-150x150 Professor Shirley Zinn 
Prof Shirley Zinn is the former Human Resources Director of Standard Bank South Africa and Deputy Global Head of Human Resources for the Standard Bank Group and has since registered her own company: Shirley Zinn Consulting that provides consulting and advisory services in HR, Transformation, Leadership and Education.

thulani_nzima_nba-150x150 Thulani Nzima 
Currently Chief Executive Officer for South African Tourism since January 2012. He started his career in the financial industry where he spent 7.5 years before joining the aviation industry.

khuselwa-mtetwa-150x150 Khuselwa Mtetwa 
Khuselwa is the founder of ALCM Solutions a subsidiary of ARCHIBUS Solution Centre South Africa, where she serves as an Executive Director in both entities. She is a natural analyst and entrepreneur with a vision to drive a focus change in the management of information of physical assets supported by technology.
alice_puoane-150x150 Alice Puoane
Alice Puoane, Chief Financial Officer at Brand South Africa, studied at Vista University (Soweto Campus) and completed her post graduate studies at UNISA and the University of Pretoria.