The winners of the 2019 Top Women in MICE Awards are:

  • Adele Eloff, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Business Development Manager: National
  • Angeline van den Broecke, Convex Malyasia, Director of Global Business Development & Marketing
  • Angelique Smith, Event Synthesis, Owner
  • Arnolette Freeks, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Events Manager
  • Candice Smith, Hiside Incentives, Manager
  • Cindy (Cinderella) Perreira Buser, Mirchee Destination Management, Owner and Managing Director
  • Debbie Holmes, Director of MICE Operations, Dragonfly Africa
  • Emily Naidoo, Independent
  • Emma Kumalo, Potters Hand Activations, Senior Event Manager
  • Gill Gibbs, bluCube Design and Brand Activations, Director; Chief Executive Officer
  • Jane Steel, Scan Display Solutions, Sales Manager: Cape Town
  • Janine Abrahams, Tourvest Incentives Meetings & Events – Coastal, Programme & Business Development Manager
  • Keke Matlou, In Any Event, Director
  • Kim Weber, Century City Conference Centre and Hotel, Business Optimisation Manager
  • Leigh Miller, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, Marketing Manager
  • Letta Madlala, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, General Manager Marketing and Communications
  • Lindsey Verfaillie, Durban International Convention Centre, Senior Sales Co-Ordinator
  • Megan Oberholzer, Reed Exhibitions South Africa, Portfolio Director – Travel, Tourism & Sports
  • Michelle Beckmann, Fizz Marketing, Director
  • Nicole East, Chief Operations Officer, Compex
  • Nitta Sukha, South Africa Tourism, Executive Project Manager: Trade Platforms
  • Olivia Bruce, Cape Town International Convention Centre, Head: Marketing and Communications
  • Paula Jorgensen, Travel and Explore, Owner
  • René Fielies, Scan Display Solutions, Head of Design
  • Sam van den Berg, Super Sam, Owner
  • Sannikie Makgakga, Gallagher Convention Centre, Exhibition Manager
  • Thabang Phetla-Banda, Compex, Key Account Manager
  • Teresa Jenkins, Managing Director, Litha Communications
  • Yolanda Woeke, Managing Director, Vice President: Sales & Marketing, Dragonfly Africa


Special Recognition Awards

  • Mentor of the Year – Craig Newman, CEO of the Johannesburg Expo Centre
  • Enterprise Team of the Year – Sun International
  • Newsmaker of the Year – Irene Costa, editor of BusICEiness Events Africa
  • Lifetime Achievement – Lorraine Jenks, owner of Hotel Stuff and Green Stuff

In 2019, the Top 40 Women in MICE Awards celebrated its sixth year of recognising female excellence within the MICE industry. We reflect on the success of this beautiful event celebrating the achievements of the industry’s most powerful players.

“Programmes like Women in MICE have people who are thinking of doing much more than awarding people. They are looking at mentorship programmes. And these will help us.” – Amanda Kotze-Nhlapo, chief convention bureau officer at the South Africa National
Convention Bureau

“Women are nurturers and creative, and MICE really needs people who are gatherers… You can tell when an event has had a woman’s touch.”
Johanna Mukoki, group CEO of Travel with Flair and a Top 40 Women in MICE 2019 judge

“Women are often referred to as mothers of a nation. The saying ‘You strike a woman, you strike a rock’ shows resilience – that we can withstand anything thrown at us.” Lindiwe Rakhurebe, CEO of the Durban International Convention Centre, and keynote
speaker at the launch breakfast of Women in MICE 2019

2019 WIM

“Top Women in MICE Awards are more than an awards ceremony. Not only do we recognise and acknowledge remarkable women making an exceptional difference to this industry on a daily basis, we also gear ourselves to develop the next generation of female movers and shakers in MICE. Mentorship is not just an honour, it is our responsibility. We need to give, in order to receive. There female icons are receiving because they are giving across all spheres of their lives, on a daily basis. ” says Jacques Breytenbach, 3S Media’s General Manager.

For more information regarding Women in MICE, please send an email to Shanna Jacobson at wim@3smedia.co.za.

2018’s Top 40 Women in MICE Awards, hosted at Avianto, gave us more food for thought than ever before, with pertinent takeaways from the women making a marked and valuable contribution to both the industry and our economy.

In August 2017, the iconic Rand Club hosted the Top 40 Women in MICE event, with women from across all walks of life applauded and celebrated at a glamorous luncheon.

By 2016, the Top 40 Women in MICE had become an industry highlight that was not to be missed, with this year’s celebrations taking place at the beautiful Monte De Dios.

The second annual Top 40 Women in MICE celebration took place at Hackle Brooke Conference Centre. With a significant growth in industry buy-in, the celebration honoured the achievements of MICE’s remarkable women.

Inspired by the best in the industry and South Africa’s Women’s Month, August 2014 saw the genesis of Women in MICE. Meetings started a nationwide search for the top 40 women in the MICE industry, in order to pay tribute to them at an event hosted at the renowned Crown Plaza.