The South African Achievers Awards (SAAA) was established in September 2012 in the United Kingdom, founded in London and it is an annual ceremony celebrating and recognising UK based South Africans, who push all boundaries to succeed, help others and in the process, making the country proud.
The South African Achievers Awards (S.A.A.A) recognise and reward UK based South African excellence in all areas of life - from business to sport, entertainment to public service, the arts to charitable good works. A unique platform from which to showcase the valuable and distinctive contribution made by members of the UK based South African community.
The granting of such Awards will have the following aims and objectives:
• SAAA is looking to recognise in the contribution made by South Africans based in the UK in all the various categories, and to ensure that high
benchmarks are set for future generations.
• Encourage and stimulate the innovative and best practice behaviour and action from South Africans of all walks of life.
• Motivate fellow South African in the United Kingdom to continue to stay true to the creed of excellence in all spheres of performance, for which South
Africa is well known.
• Reward South Africans for continuing to uplift the flag of their country in the United Kingdom in all their various fields.
• Celebrate the achievement of fellow South Africans in a high class, red carpet event for all South Africans in Britain, with entertainment, dance and music.
• Show case to the UK Community the positive contribution made by South Africans
How does it work?
The public nominates outstanding UK based South Africans in pre-agreed categories. A panel of experts reviews all nominations and make a shortlist of recommendations for the final selection, some categories are open for public votes.
Bulelwa is a successful business development professional skilled in client
relationship management, product and services marketing, account management, finance, drawn from more than 15 years experience in several sectors.She started her career as a Fund Accountant for Old Mutual and 6years later joined Sanlam Investment Management (SIM). She also worked for SAB Chartered Accountants, Ernst & Young, TNS Research Surveys and Developmentnomics (Devnomics) where she developed her business development skill with her focus on key accounts. She was groomed by the senior partners of the firm as she was working closely with them. She was one of the key members who brought a substantial sale for the Sihluma Sonke Consortium that won five years Internal Project of the Provincial Government, Western Cape, South Africa. She served as a Board Member of ABASA Western Cape (Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa) for two successful terms, 4 years in total. Her role was to mentor young black aspiring Accountants from High Schools to University level. Her passion was to see young black South Africans from previously disadvantaged backgrounds pursuing Finance and becoming successful Chartered Accountants as they were few successful ones at the time. She’s also a former active member of the Institute of Internal Auditors; Black Management Forum (BMF); Business Women’s Association (BWA) and Institute of Municipal Finance Officers (IMFO). She's a current and active member of the South African Young Professionals in the UK.
BCom graduate and future leader Achumile Majija, current Group Lead: Risk and Capital MI for Prudential PLC is part of the team adapting the firm to the European Union’s latest post-recession insurance regulations. He also has a Bcom Honours from UCT and an MBA from the UK. Majija has also kept his links to South Africa by playing an active role on South African initiatives, both in SA and Abroad. He is an invited participant to the National Dialogue for Key Thinkers, helping to shape the future of South Africa. He serves on boards aimed on youth empowerment, leadership development and socio economic development. He believes in giving back to the less fortunate, making a difference to change society and making it a better place for all. He is passionate about youth development, empowerment and social entrepreneurship; helping young people to unleash their potential and will one day play an active role in reducing unemployment and poverty in Africa
He has also represented South Africa at the World Youth Congress (Scotland), World Business Dialogue in Germany, G20 Youth Summit in Canada, World Youth Congress in Turkey and Harambe Edeavour Alliance in the US. Majija is an active member of the International Youth Council, a Founding Chairperson of the Black
Management Forum (BMF) Young Professionals in the Western Cape among many others.He was also the recipient of the Chevening Scholarship (British Council), Vodacom Scholarship and the Abe Bailey Scholarship among others and remains a motivational speaker focusing on Youth Development, Empowerment and Personal Identity. In 2011 he was named the South African Business Club Rising Star of the Year. He has been named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and also listed as one of the 200 Young Influential South Africans by the Mail & Guardian.
Before joining Cass Business School in September 2009, Piwe worked as a Corporate Finance Officer at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange where he oversaw all regulatory phases of Initial Public Offerings, Acquisitions, Share Repurchases and related corporate finance activity for leading South African companies. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits),a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) in Financial Management from the University of South Africa (Unisa). He is a past recipient of the STANLIB Scholarship for undergraduate study. He served in the Golden Key Honour Society at Wits University from 2001 to 2003.He was awarded the Cass/ Ethos Private Equity Scholarship by Ethos Private Equity for the completion of his MBA studies in London. Piwe currently works as a Credit Research Associate in the city of London for Fidelity Management & Research Co, one of world’s leading asset management firms.
Piwe's area of interest lies within research and strategy Specialties JSE Listings Requirements, financial statement analysis, credit analysis
(Charity and Events Co-ordinator)
My first instrument was piano. My grandfather taught me to play and read music long before I'd had any formal lessons, and this kindled a great love for music at an early age. Only years later, when I began playing the harp in ensembles and orchestras, did I discover that I loved playing with other people far more than playing on my own. As the harp facilitated that kind of interaction, the instrument then became the focus of my energy. Attending a high school for the performing arts in Pretoria, South Africa, I was tutored by internationally renowned harpist, Moya Wright, and met some fantastic performers across various disciplines, many of whom are still good friends today. After school I began working for various orchestras as a freelance harpist. Then in 1994 I won my dream audition: Principal Harp for the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, in Durban, South Africa, and played with them for three years. This experience opened my mind to a world of possibilities. I enjoyed working in the theatre environment, where there were opportunities to meet so many wonderful musicians, artists and thinkers. This was also a period during which I taught harp at the University of Natal, and was resident harpist at the Royal Hotel in Durban. At one point I was invited to perform for Former President F. W. De Klerk and Kwa-Zulu Natal Premiere Mr Frank Mdlalose. I played at the Lost City for international celebrities such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Michael Jackson, and just prior to moving to London I played for HRH The Princess Royal and was asked to perform for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, HRH Prince Phillip and King Goodwill Zwelitini.
Since moving to London, I have performed for Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York. I have also performed as a soloist and in chamber ensembles for gala openings including the opening of the Lucien Freud exhibition at the Tate Britain, openings at the Royal Academy of Arts and the Courtauld Gallery. In 2000 I was asked to perform at the Wimbledon Tennis Champions dinner. In 2001 and 2002, I worked with the Victor Salvi Foundation in the UK, a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the harp and music for the harp. I also continue performing in orchestral and ensemble concerts as a freelance harpist, working regularly with orchestras such as the Brunel Ensemble and the Aurelian Ensemble. In 2005 the collective influence of the interesting people I’ve met and worked with over the years led me to study an MA in Contemporary Approaches to English Studies at Goldsmiths College. This course facilitated another quantum leap in my learning, enhancing the language I needed to think about what it means to be a human being; to be alive. It made me think deeply about how one connects with other human beings. After studying there I began working in adult education, exploring these ideas. By re-examining these ideas through language, I am able now in turn to draw them back to music, exploring them through collaborations with other artists. I love to play chamber and orchestral music as often as possible, however, I also relish the challenge of moving beyond the traditional harp repertoire and the sounds associated with it. I’ve recently worked with some singers and songwriters on independent projects, including playing with the indie band, Songdog, on their two most recent albums.
As an open-minded and versatile player, I'm happy to consider all kinds of projects, functions and commissions. I'm currently based in London, but am also happy to travel further afield
Ms Seleko L Mokgatle
Seleko is currently the founder and owner of Bijenkorf Inkanyezi Marketing, a company that offers bespoke marketing and branding solutions for businesses and individuals. All the business solutions that are offered are research-led and strategically driven. She started this business in 2012 after moving to London and discovering the fact that she could combine her passion for entrepreneurship and marketing strategy and innovation.
Prior to owning her own business, Seleko worked as a management consultant at Deloitte Consulting South Africa in Strategy and Innovation. She worked on major clients in financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, aviation as well as working on a CSI project for an entrepreneur that needed business development assistance.
Prior to working at Deloitte Consulting, Seleko completed her MSc International Marketing Management at Leeds University Business School in the United Kingdom.
Prior to completing her Masters degree, Seleko worked in marketing at L’Oreal South Africa, financial services at the Bond Exchange of South Africa and also lectured Business Studies at the University of Cape Town. Seleko completed her Bachelor of Business Science (Marketing and Economics) at the University of Cape Town after completing her schooling at Roedean School and St Andrew’s School in Johannesburg.
Besides her passion for business, entrepreneurship, marketing, branding and innovation, Seleko is passionate about her family and friends, cooking and has a flair for fashion. She also loves traveling to different countries and learning about different cultures.