Posted by Nikki Barnard


While on the hunt for South Africa’s Top100 Future Leaders, we asked them who their employer of choice is. After receiving thousands of applications from top students’ around the country, we were able to put together an employer of choice list decided on by the students themselves.

This list highlights the most popular employers in South Africa as voted for by the students for their ideal employer for 2016.

Click here to see the Top100 Graduate Employers for 2016

About the competition

In September 2016, BlackBark Productions (creators of the Rising Star Awards) and GradConnection partnered with key assessment providers, employers and universities to select and award students who showed the most potential as South Africa’s Future Leaders in a national competition.

The GradStar programme has been set up to recognise the Top100 university students across South Africa and connect them with potential employers, as well as business mentors who will assist them in getting ready for the workplace.

In order to be awarded a place in the Top100, candidates are put through a rigorous four-phase judging process, culminating in employer workshops at our main event, where awards for “Ten of the Finest” are highlights for their outstanding performance on the day of the event.

Purpose of the awards

The purpose of the awards night is to bring the major stakeholders of South Africa's graduate recruitment industry together, including:

  • Senior leaders, recruiters and human resources professionals from South Africa’s largest companies.
  • Senior academics and careers practitioners from across South Africa’s universities.
  • The next generation of future leaders, who are due to complete their studies in the next year and are ready to make their first career move.

For more information and how to get involved in next year’s event, contact Mandy Sripersad, Client Manager South Africa ([email protected]) or click here for more information.


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