Six Talented South Africans Making Waves In The UK

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Six talented South Africans are up for two South African Chamber of Commerce awards: ‘Rising Star of the Year Award’ and ‘New Business of the Year Award’.

The rising stars and new business directors have overcome many challenges to achieve all that they have today.

The Rising Star award will go to an individual displaying breakthrough talent and great potential, while the New Business award will go to a small business that has made significant strides in achieving sustained growth and has good future prospects.


1. Darryl Anderson: Private Banker

*Nominee for Rising Star of the Year Award


MBA qualified Private Banker Darryl Anderson has eight years of experience within a major financial institution and expertise leading high-performing teams.

His entrepreneurial approach to business allows him to create innovative solution promoting growth, profit and organisational excellence.

Anderson is a lateral thinker, skilled at applying effective leverage and managing a complex matrix of stakeholder relationships and networks.

2. Jacqueline Barnes: Corporate Finance Associate – Penfida Ltd

*Nominee for Rising Star of the Year Award


Jacqueline Barnes joined Penfida Ltd in August 2015, after previously being part of the Standard Chartered International Graduate Programme in Johannesburg and the oil and gas M&A team in London a year later.

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Penfida Limited provides advice to pension fund Trustees and operate across sectors advising on business, valuations, restructuring, and special situations.

Within the firm Barnes holds the position of Corporate Finance Associate and works closely with the partners to provide advice to clients.

3. Graham Langley: Director – TBG & CO

*Nominee for New Business of the Year Award

Graham Langley

TBG & Co are the brand owners of The Glover whisky, the world’s first fusion of rare Scottish and Japanese whiskies. Launching in October 2015, the company produced two versions of The Glover: an ultra-premium whisky called The Glover 22, which retailed at £1100 per bottle, and a premium whisky called the Glover 14, which retailed at £95.

While the initial target market was Japan, international interest resulted in 70% of the stock being exported to fifteen countries.

Langley and his team managed to take a start-up business to being in profit within a few months and are currently working on variants of The Glover.

4. Mazi Mazibuko: Cost Reduction Manager – Exec Sys

*Nominee for Rising Star of the Year Award


Mazi Mazibuko had never worked in IT before starting in February 2015 at the Business Development Executive at Exec Sys. All the while Mazibuko was completing his MBA and working extremely hard to prove to his MD that he was worth sponsoring.

By November 2015 Mazibuko had exceeded his job expectations and his MD agreed to sponsor him and subsequently promoted him to Cost Reduction Manager.

Mazibuko overcame much difficulty to get where he is today. He believes his purpose in life is to help create a poverty-free world by 2047.

5. Simon Shibambu: Opera Singer

*Nominee for Rising Star of the Year Award


Simon Shibambu started singing as a young boy in Alexandra township. After studying at Tshwane University of Technology, he applied for a scholarship at the Royal College of Music.

While completing his two-year Masters degree, the bass-baritone won several competitions and was invited to sing before the First Lady of China, Prince Charles and HM The Queen.

Upon completing his Mastsers, Shibambu will begin the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House. In July this year he will taking part in the Young Singers Project for the Salzburg Festival 2016 in Austria. He will further be featured in the two Opera productions of Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini and Thaïs by Jules Massenet.

6. Lyndon Worrall: Founder & Managing Director – Legacy Ventures Ltd

*Nominee for New Business of the Year Award


South African/London based educational travel consultancy, Legacy Ventured Ltd, partners with elite business schools in the USA and Europe. Legacy specialises in the design, organisation and management of emerging market international learning programmes.

Founder and Managing Director Lyndon Worrall started the company as a platform to provide as many young future business leaders around the world as possible a unique opportunity to explore South African business.

High profile South Africans that have participated on Legacy programmes include Francois Pienaar, FW De Klerk, Raymond Ackerman, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Richard Maponya, Mmusi Maimane and Bob Skinstad.


The South African Business Awards will be presented to the winners at a prestigious event in the Conservatory at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London on the evening of Wednesday 20th April. Each Business Award nominee will be presented with a framed certificate honouring their Business Award nomination with the winner in each category receiving the attractive desktop South African Business Award. A feature of the Business Awards evening will be the five star Tastes of South Africa buffet consisting of twelve of your favourite South African dishes.

To book tickets for the South African Business Awards event on Wednesday 20th April click here. We recommend that you book early since places at the prestigious Awards event are limited despite the size of the impressive palm fringed Conservatory at the four star Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

Source: The South African

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