AABLA Southern Africa Head Judge Sam Bhembe Photo: Supplied
DURBAN - The Southern Africa finalists for the 2018 8th annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards were announced on 20 September 2018. 

After a rigorous selection process, the finalists were announced at the regional gala dinner function that took place in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

VIP guests, entrepreneurs and executives joined the Southern Africa finalist announcements, as the nominees went head to head in their respective categories.

AABLA™ in partnership with CNBC Africa, honour remarkable leadership and salute business game changers in Africa for their continuous commitment to excellence as well as developing best practices and innovative strategies.

Sam Bhembe, CNBC Africa Non-Executive Director led the team of judges in evaluating hundreds of applications. 

Here is the list of finalists in the various All Africa Business Leaders Awards categories: 

Business Leader of the Year
Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa  (South Africa)
Peter Mountford, CEO of Super Group (South Africa)
Norbert Sasse, Group CEO, Growth Point Properties Ltd (South Africa)
Thomson Mpinganjira, Group CEO, FDH Bank Ltd (Malawi)
Business Woman of the Year
Dr Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula, Founder and Managing Director, SECURICO Security Services (Zimbabwe)
Ms Nomkhita Nqweni, ABSA Chief Executive: Wealth, Investment Management and Insurance (South Africa)
Ms Magda Wierzycka , Group CEO, Sygnia (South Africa)
Ms Catherine Lesetedi-Letegele, Group CEO, Botswana Insurance Holding Limited (Botswana)
Young Business Leader of the Year (Presented by Lancaster University)           
Yusuf Randera-Rees, Co-Founder and CEO, The Awethu Project (South Africa)
Vuyiswa Mutshekwane, CEO, South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (South Africa)
Natalie Jabangwe, CEO, ECO Cash Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe)
Company of the Year (Presented by Hollard)                       Sygnia Group  (South Africa)
Super Group (South Africa)
Standard Bank Group (South Africa)
Growth Point Properties Ltd (South Africa)
Entrepreneur of the Year                             
Thembalihle Baloyi, Founder and Executive Director, Discovery Insure (South Africa)
Collen Tapfumaneyi, Founder and Group CEO, El Escrow Internacional (Zimbabwe)
Thomson Mpinganjira, Group CEO, FDH Bank (Malawi)
Industrialist of the Year (Presented by IDC)
Quinton Uren, Managing Director, Jendamark Automation Pty Ltd (South Africa)
Andre de Ruyter, CEO, Nampak  (South Africa)
Nana Sabelo, CEO and Executive Chairperson, Thata uBeke Manufacturing Pty Ltd (South Africa)
Nneile Nkholise, Founder, Likoebe Innovation Consultants (South Africa)
Innovator of the Year                                  
James Paterson, Co-Founder and CEO, Aerobotics (South Africa)      
Grant Gibbs, Executive Director, Hippo Roller (South Africa)
Thembalihle Baloyi, Founder and Executive Director, Discovery Insure (South Africa)
Courtney Bentley, CEO, Vizibiliti Insight Africa (South Africa)
Philanthropist of the Year                          
Sir Donald Gordon, Founder, Liberty Holdings (South Africa)          
Finalists from all corners of the continent will gather at the AABLA Grand Finale to crown the All Africa winners at an exclusive gala dinner in November. 

Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa; Jonathan Foster-Pedley, Dean and Director of Henley Business School Africa; Anthea Gardner, CEO of Cartesian Capital; Monique Vanek, CNBC Africa News Editor; joined Sam Bhembe on the panel of judges.

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