The 11th annual South Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards took place at a dazzling gala event late last month and once again recognised the inspirational women who are working for the benefit of South Africa and its future generations.
Sibongile Zikalala, Sustainability Director at Imperial Logistics.
Sibongile Zikalala, Sustainability Director at Imperial Logistics, was honoured alongside 81 finalists representing a multitude of industry sectors - ranging from aerospace and defence, to welfare and community services. Selected from hundreds of nominees and judged by an independent judging panel consisting of various high-profile industry leaders, this accolade recognises Zikalala's passionate commitment to the logistics industry and a legacy of purposeful achievement built over the span of her remarkable career.
“Once again, the calibre of the candidates, across all the sectors was exceptional, and we are confident that the winners are a true reflection of the talent pool of influential women in South Africa,” says Yvonne Finch, Life Coach and founder of Yvonne Finch Consulting, who headed the judging panel.
“The process began by filtering out those nominations that had not been completed correctly to begin with,” she explains. “All the successful candidates who passed this initial validation process were then reviewed by the five judges on the first judging panel, reducing their number to a list of semi-finalists.”
Worth noting is that each judge received five lever-arch files containing 240 nominee curriculum vitae, with the brief of selecting five nominations in each category as semi-finalists. They also had to ensure that each nominee was represented in the correct category to afford them the best opportunity in the competition.
Following the first round of judging, this list of nominees was then whittled down to just over 100 finalist nominations, which were then sent through to the five judges on the second judging panel, who then made their recommendations of finalists, numbering 81 in total. These finalists participated in a filmed question-and-answer session with Finch, as the facilitator of the judging panels.
“Each finalist was asked the same set of questions to ensure the process was fair. The unedited interview footage then accompanied all the finalists' written nominations to the five judges on the third and final judging panel, which processed the material over a two-day period and chose their winners,” she explains.
For the full list of winners and finalists, see
Imperial Logistics is a global logistics and supply chain leader that moves business and industry through innovation, inspiration and foresight. Through its established Southern African and International divisions, Imperial Logistics' service delivery comprises fundamental logistics and end-to-end supply chain management solutions to blue chip customers in almost every industry. As a preferred logistics outsource provider, Imperial Logistics positions itself as an extension of its customer's business, building its customer's brand alongside its own. Imperial Logistics Southern Africa is a multi-branded business, categorised into five key divisions, namely Transport and Warehousing, Consumer Products, Specialised Freight, Integration Services and Africa. Imperial Logistics International comprises five operating units, namely Panopa Logistik, Lehnkering, neska, Imperial Shipping Group and Brouwer Shipping. For further information, please visit www.imperiallogistics.co.za.