Council member clinches “Oscar” for leadership in business

Veronica Motloutsi, a TUT Council member, did the University proud when she was named Top Young Executive of the Year at this year’s National Business Awards. She serves as a co-opted ICT specialist on the Council and is regarded as one of the leading ICT executives in the country with a profound understanding of this industry.
She had some tough competition with finalists including the likes of Chelina Bodhie from Gautrain and Bradlows’ Natashia Smith. Sylvester Chauke from DNA Brand Architects was this year’s runner-up. 

As Executive Head of Commercial Operations for Vodacom’s International Markets, Veronica’s achievement at the renowned “Oscars of South African businesses” resulted from the unanimous verdict of the Awards’ judges, a collective of industry heavyweights. She received the accolade in front of a host of business and government leaders, VIPs and media representatives. Also watching, via live social media updates, were thousands of South Africans whose engagement kept the awards trending for several hours. 

Veronica is also the founder of Africa lead with Veronica Motloutsi, a digital platform aimed at challenging government, funders and policymakers to create a new digital economy that will propel Africa forward in the hyper-digital era. 

Veronica said she is extremely proud to have walked away with a trophy, especially given the calibre of individuals she was up against. “I would like to thank the judges for recognising my commitment and my endeavours to this point. It has been a journey with both moments of great joy and some tough challenges. This accolade really belongs to everyone who has shared the journey with me,” she added.

Veronica is also a Standard Bank Top Women of Year (Under 40) 2017 finalist, as well as for the Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss Awards 2017. She said her motto in life is: “If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader,” which she borrowed from singer-songwriter, Dolly Parton.

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