Posted by Nikki Barnard

For the first time in South Africa, the country’s top finest and brightest undergraduates were showcased at the 2016 Top100 Future Leaders awards.


The programme, sponsored by FNB, PwC and Fasken Martineau, was created by BlackBark Productions and GradConnection, and matches the country’s best future graduates with potential employers and business mentors.

“These awards are a way to recognise the Top100 students across South Africa and to connect them with potential employers,” says Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions, “In turn giving employers a chance to develop long lasting relationships with the top talent in the country.”

It provides participating employers - who represent the financial, accounting, IT, engineering and legal disciplines, amongst others - and the Top100 graduates access to each other through a uniquely developed programme that focuses on quality connections, and complements existing employer programmes.

After receiving thousands of entries from across the country, the student applicants were put through a rigorous four-phase judging process. Designed to emulate the system that top employers use to find their future talent, part of the judging process included psychometric testing using Testgrid and video interviewing through Vieple.

“A lot of thought and preparation went into the actual judging process, which ultimately resulted in our Top100 findings,” says Mandy Sripersad, Client Manager for GradConnection South Africa. “The Top100 students are selected based on leadership criteria and readiness for the workplace, in addition to their academic performance.”

According to Sripersad, the process allowed students to familiarise themselves with the formal graduate programme application process, and enabled them to identify their own strengths and weaknesses along the way.

The programme culminated in employer workshops where the Top100 were finally whittled down to the Top10 students who showed the most potential, as judged by the employers. The Top100 graduates as well as the Top10 were announced at a Gala Dinner at Wanderers Club on the evening of the 27th of September.


1Adewale Samuel OsifowokanB Com (Economics)Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
2Ahmed SyedBSc (Chemical Engineering)University of Cape Town
3Nicole DunnB Social Sciences (Economics, Politics & Philosophy)University of Cape Town
4Cyan BrownMBChBUniversity of Pretoria
5Paul SsaliB Eng (Civil)University of Pretoria
6David HendricksB Com (Information Systems)University of the Western Cape
7Freddy KidoB Com (Law)University of the Western Cape
8Tendai SamkangeB PharmUniversity of the Western Cape
9Wikus BothaB Com (Information Systems)University of the Western Cape
10Yolanda BamLLBUniversity of the Western Cape

“There is so much talent and potential in South Africa’s future graduates, it is important to acknowledge and celebrate them, as well as providing them with a platform to be introduced and interact with the country’s top employers,” Sripersad concludes.

Click here, for the complete list of the Top100 graduates.


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