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Corporate South Africa is becoming increasingly proactive in acknowledging the significant role of women in the economy, across all sectors. We can argue, in fact, that there is no economy without women. For this reason, Business Engage – a Brand South Africa partner, launched the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (sponsored by PwC) six years ago.The awards aim to celebrate excellence and women empowerment, and in addition, encourage a greater and more significant representation of women in a typical business setup, and in previously male-dominated industries.Hosted on Thursday 13 September at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg, the oversubscribed event saw over 700 delegates attend the auspicious occasion.Stakeholder Relations Manager for Business at Brand South Africa, George Khoza said that Brand South Africa is excited to be partnering with the Gender Mainstreaming Awards for the third time. Khoza added “Brand South Africa is in full support of giving public recognition for good practice and excellence in tackling gender mainstreaming”. Founder of the Gender Mainstreaming Awards, Colleen Larsen told Brand South Africa that the idea is to award corporates for the work they do in gender diversity. Although the awards are targeted predominantly at the private sector, a number of categories have been extended to government.Some of the major corporations represented on the night included the Vodacom Group Limited, Thomson Reuters Africa, Standard Chartered Bank and DeBeers Consolidated Mines (Pty) Ltd.See the full list of winners below:Women On BoardsBarloworld EquipmentVodacom Group LimitedEY Women On Executive Committees in MultinationalsThomson Reuters Markets (SA)EYVodacom Group Limited Equal Representation & ParticipationCummins Africa Middle EastEYABSA Group Limited (WIMI) Women Empowerment in the Workplace: Barloworld Equipment Overall Winner Listed CompaniesBarloworld EquipmentVodacom Group LimitedWesBank Non – Listed CompaniesSchoeman Law IncAncora Property Group (Pty) LtdNkgwete IT Solutions/Peace Table Grapes (Pty) Ltd Investing In Young Women: Vodacom Overall Winner Listed CompaniesVodacom Group LimitedPPC LimitedPositive Role ModelBarloworld Equipment Non – Listed CompaniesT-Systems South Africa (Pty) LtdCummins Africa Middle EastThomson Reuters Markets (SA) Gender reporting on JSE-Listed CompaniesAdcock Ingram Holdings LimitedAngloGold Ashanti LimitedTigerBrands Limited Empowerment of Women in the Community: Standard Chartered Bank Overall Winner Listed CompaniesAngloGold Ashanti LimitedVodacom Group LimitedYoung Talent – Absa Africa Technology Non-Listed CompaniesStandard Chartered BankDeBeers Consolidated Mines (Pty) Ltdi4Water with AECI and Cummins Africa Middle East – Joint 3rd Diversity & TransformationVodacom Group LimitedEYClarkhouse Human Capital and Dormehl Phalane – Northern Suburbs – Joint 3rd Economic EmpowermentEYBarloworld EquipmentPPC Limited Mainstreaming Gender and DisabilityCummins Africa Middle EastVodacom Group Limited INDIVIDUAL AWARDSPositive Role ModelDineo Molefe – T-Systems South Africa (Pty) LtdChristine Ramon – AngloGold Ashanti LimitedBeauty Mtsweni – Group Five LimitedProfessor Elain Vlok – Clover FoundationSpecial Mention Inclusive LeaderBruce Cleaver – DeBeers Group and Gino Butera – Cummins Africa Middle East – Joint 1stSneha Shah – Thomson Reuters Markets (SA)Jurgen Stragier – Group Five Limited GENDER MAINSTREAMING CHAMPION: BARLOWORLD
Two IAS officers of the Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre have sought action against protesters who prevented government servants from attending the Republic Day celebrations in Mizoram’s capital Aizawl on Saturday.The officers, currently posted in Mizoram, are Krishna Mohan Uppu, Director of Transport and Additional Chief Electoral Officer, and Bhupesh Chaudhary, Registrar of Cooperative Societies.In his letter to six officers in the Union Home Ministry and the Mizoram government, including the Chief Secretary, Mr. Uppu said he was pained at being prevented from participating in the celebrations.The Joint NGO Coordination Committee, an umbrella organisation of five civil society and students’ groups, had boycotted the R-Day functions throughout Mizoram as a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, that seeks to grant citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims who have come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan till December 31, 2014. The boycott saw Mizoram Governor Kummanam Rajasekharan address a near-empty ground.Mr. Uppu said he had reached the venue, Aizawl’s Assam Rifles ground, an hour before the start of the function with his fellow officers. “To our utter surprise, the representatives of the NGO had been standing guard along with the police personnel on duty at the entrance of the venue and prevented us from entering the venue,” said the 2009 batch IAS officer.Sensing there could be a “law and order situation” if they kept arguing with the protesters and “since the police personnel on duty were not discharging their duty”, Mr. Uppu said they had to leave with a heavy heart and feeling insulted after waiting about an hour.He sought a thorough investigation into the whole episode and “action against all concerned”.Mr. Chaudhary, in his letter to the Chief Secretary and other officers, said what had happened in Mizoram was “unthinkable in a free country”. The protesters, he said, not only prevented them from entering the R-Day venue but also ordered them to return to their official quarters “before any untoward incident happens”.A 2014 batch officer, Mr. Chaudhury wrote: “When we tried to reason with them, we were told that the government of Mizoram has reached an agreement with the NGOs where it was decided that only secretaries to the government of Mizoram and above will be allowed to attend the Republic Day function.”Like Mr. Uppu, he alleged that none of the duty magistrates and police personnel were willing to take any action against the members of the NGO. He too sought strictest possible action against all involved for publicly boycotting the R-Day celebrations.