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THE Standard Bank KwaZulu-Natal Top Business Women gala evening will take place on 18 November at the Coastlands uMhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre.

The 2021 initiative celebrates the achievements of 30 KZN women contributing to their workplaces, society and their families. Each was nominated for her achievements by employers, employees, clients, or other stakeholders.

“I am proud to work for an organisation that strives for gender diversity and female empowerment,” said Nicky Thompson, Head Prestige Banking Standard Bank KZN. “Through events like [this] we can recognise phenomenal women in KZN who are making a difference in their communities and in their different industries.”

She added that the evening would not only emphasize a culture of women’s empowerment but serve as a showcase of success. It is hoped that this initiative and the recognition afforded will inspire other women to strive to achieve more in their own endeavours.

“We really need to shift the mindset about the contribution of women in our society and focus on the importance of women’s rights and gender inequalities so that we achieve sustainable change; one that respects and creates a safe environment for all women,” said Mano Singh Executive Head: Insurance, Asset Management & Fiduciary at Standard Bank KZN.

Keynote speaker for the evening will be Iman Rappetti who is an award-winning journalist and author who has worked across print and radio and is currently a senior news anchor. The master of ceremonies is Thato Moeng. Thato, a journalist, voice-over artist.

Grant Adlam, publisher of the KZN Top Business, says, “Our theme this year is ‘Women Inspiring Women’. Our team has been humbled by the many amazing women whose stories we have heard. These stories are about women, from many different backgrounds, who have had varied journeys to get to where they are today and have much wisdom to offer.”

To obtain the stories that form the basis for the evening’s proceedings, the KZN Top Business team has interviewed all the women who are being profiled through the mediums of photography, video and print. All the video interviews will be available online and the stories and photos collated in a coffee table book.

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