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Recognising inspiring women in KZN

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Standard Bank KZN and KZN Top Business are delighted to announce that the second Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women initiative will be held in the last quarter of 2021. This initiative provides a multimedia platform to showcase the achievements of women in the province through webinars, print, social media, and a hybrid achievement recognition event.

In affirming the bank’s support for the Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women initiative, KwaZulu-Natal Standard Bank Head Consumer Client Coverage, Imraan Noorbhai said, “This sponsorship is aligned to the bank’s women empowerment efforts that aspire to provide genuine support to women in business.

The Standard Bank Group’s support for inclusive economic empowerment and growth well demonstrates the bank’s long-term commitment to Africa.” Economic empowerment is central to bridging the gap on gender equality and enabling women to improve their wellbeing. When women achieve their economic goals of growing their businesses, improving their homes or investing in training or education, they become more resilient and are more able to provide for themselves and their families.

KwaZulu-Natal Standard Bank Head Business Client Coverage, Hameed Noormahomed said, “As a bank we are passionate about driving gender empowerment as well as showcasing the successes that women have achieved. The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women initiative is aligned with the bank’s brand position of ‘It Can Be’ which is a promise of hope, change and optimism. Standard Bank believes that dreams matter because they fuel our growth.”

“Our vision is that this initiative will also empower other women to achieve more in their own endeavours. This vision ranges from sharing stories and information, to discovering the confidence to become a voice of change, and to getting access to appropriate markets or finance,” says KZN Top Business CEO Grant Adlam.

During the build up to the November event, the participating women will share aspects of their stories in three panel-based webinars, which will be streamed remotely. The first webinar will be held on the 2 September, the second on the 7 October and the third on the 28 October.

The Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women will recognise the achievements of the participating women in a number of categories. These are:

· The courage to realise a dream

· Exceeding customer expectations and delivering brilliant experiences

· Operating effectively and productively

· Fostering a culture of empowerment and diversity

· Making a difference in the business and community

· Being a woman extraordinaire

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be felt in South Africa as such the event on the 18 November to be hosted at the Coastlands Hotel Umhlanga will be in a hybrid format. This format will accommodate both current legislation as well as attendees who may prefer not to attend a public event in person due to health concerns. The streamed component will also allow for a greater number of participants.

For more information on participation in Standard Bank KZN Top Business Women please contact or visit

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