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Achievers – THE LIVE BLOG – starts 4pm Sun

It is almost upon us – Sunday’s annual social highlight of the SA Jewish calendar, the Gala Awards Banquet of the Absa Jewish Achiever, brought to you by SA Jewish Report. This R3 000-a-plate fundraiser is, as usual, sold out. The new Vodaworld venue will seat 644 guests – the most they have ever hosted. But, users, fear not. SAJR Online will host its biggest-ever live-blog to keep you updated from 16:00 when guests begin arriving – through ‘til late in the night. Read more…





Don’t miss the 2014 Absa Jewish Achiever Awards. Our website will be bringing users a constant stream of updates of information and photographs starting on the red carpet, at 16:00, through the social interactions, the entertainment, and the awards themselves.

As each of the Humanities awards are announced and handed out, the live blog will publish information about the winners – and, later, interviews with them.

During the dinner and entertainment we will sketch the glitz and glamour, constantly adding pictures and interviews.

Friday breakfast event

The weekend of festivity kicked off with a swish Absa-hosted breakfast for all the finalists in the sixteenth Achiever Awards on Friday. Event chairman, Howard Sackstein thanked sponsors and finalists for their continued support. “Through this,” he said, “we are able to keep publishing a free newspaper and website for the community.”

1-How smallRIGHT: Howard Sackstein on Friday morning: “All I can think of is that the event is 56 hours and 36 minutes away”

Explaining the appropriateness of the “Where Great Minds Meet” theme of the sell-out 2014 event to be held on Sunday, Howard said: “If you put the right people in a room together, magic things happen.”

To our friends at Absa, he said, “an enormous thank you for your continued support.” The bank will be the naming sponsor for the eleventh consecutive year. He specifically mentioned CEO Maria Ramos for her ongoing backing and Banie Claasen who, once again, made up part of the distinguished judging panel.

The 2014 event had seen 280 people nominated, said Sackstein, 30 more than last year. In the end there were 38 entries in the business categories, the winners of which will only be announced on the night.

The 2014 nominees ranged from captains of entire industries to an 18-year-old schoolboy who is currently writing his matric exams.

1-Team JR - smallLEFT: Team picture of Howard Feldman, non-executive chairman (right) and Karen Knowles, business manager of the Jewish Report with board member and Achievers chaiman Howard Sackstein (left)

This year also adds another record, said Howard, for both the event and the venue. “We have 644 people in the room – our biggest guest list, and the largest ever audience at Vodaworld for any event!”

When it comes to the Business Awards, as the 38 finalists in four categories are introduced to the celebrity audience, so will they be to SAJR users at home. As the winners are announced, you’ll read about it in the comfort of your own lounge.

We will report on the winners’ speeches and so we will follow the events – constantly ensuring our users are kept as up-to-date as the audience at Vodaworld.

Business finalists and winners

Finally, once all is said and done, we will publish the spectacular glossy 72-page event magazine (which will also be inserted into all newspapers next week.)

Be able to say: ‘I was there too!’

And, by the time your snobby friends call you on Monday to tell you how great it was, you’ll be able to say: “I was there too!”

So, expect the red-carpet arrivals from 16:00, events starting at 18:00, finalists and winners being announced through the evening between 18:30 and 22:30, interviews afterwards and the release of the digital copy of the glossy 72-page event magazine in low- or hi-res versions of 8- or 20-megs.

A free copy of the magazine will also be bagged in each copy of the Jewish Report newspaper this week – as well as a picture spread of the event.

lan your Sunday around our live blog. 

Achievers 14 Live Blog FULL

Why not have some friends or family around, plug your laptop into your TV and make a home event out of it? Popcorn et al! All you have to do is push the refresh button on your PC every now and then.

Team picture of Howard Feldman, non-executive chair and Karen Knowles, business manager of the Jewish Report with board member and Achievers chair Howard Sackstein. (Karen is the one with hair)


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Nominate achievers who bring us hope



Remember when you were raving about the incredible work someone in the community had done? Well, if you haven’t done so already, now is the time to nominate them for the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards. You don’t have much time…

Last year, the focus was on what winners did over and beyond COVID-19 and through the toughest part of the pandemic.

This year, it’s all about hope, as we see the end of the pandemic in sight, death rates are dropping, people are vaccinated, and we are looking towards a brighter future. Who is enabling this? Who are the people who have brought us hope? Who’s bringing us hope right now, and will continue to inspire us in the future? Who are our winners?

“We are looking for those people who brought us hope in professional excellence and business leadership during these tough times,” says Howard Sackstein, the chairperson of the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards and the board of the SA Jewish Report.

“Nominate those who showed true leadership and went way beyond the call of duty when there was looting and rioting in the country as well as a spike in the pandemic numbers.”

Sackstein admits that the judges’ decisions will be tough this year as many heroes have risen to the challenges of community and country. “It’s essential to create a record of these times, and those who have stood out when life was at its most challenging,” he says.

Professor Barry Schoub last year won the Kia Community Service Award for his awesome contribution to the Jewish community through COVID-19. The emeritus professor in virology at the University of the Witwatersrand and the former director of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases came out of retirement to help the community, going on to become chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 vaccines. Since his award, he has led South Africa through the process of acquiring vaccines and getting vaccinated.

Dr Mervyn Mer, who won the award for professional excellence in the time of COVID, has gone on to save many more lives from this dreaded coronavirus. He also almost singlehandedly reopened the COVID-19 ward at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital after the medical facility was closed following a fire. As the numbers of people getting desperately ill due to COVID-19 rose during the third wave, he did what he believed he needed to do to save lives.

Our other winners, Johnny Broomberg, Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Liran Assness, Michael Katz, Wendy Fisher, Jody Scheckter, and Sir Sydney Kentridge have gone from strength to strength since then.

You have until the close of business on 3 September to make your nominations. Don’t wait, do it now. Go to

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Nominations are now open for Absa Jewish Achiever Awards 2021




  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has achieved iconic status within the business community.


  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has played a critical leadership role in business during this period.


  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has achieved national recognition and acclaim in their profession during this period.


  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has a proven track record in entrepreneurial ventures.


  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has served the Jewish community with remarkable distinction.


  • Honouring the leadership, success and overall contributions of distinctive Jewish women in business or in the broader South African community.

in honour of Helen Suzman

  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has contributed in an extraordinary manner over a long period of time.


  • Awarded to a Jewish person who has excelled in any of these spheres.

In honour of Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris

  • Awarded to a Jewish or non-Jewish person who has contributed substantially to the betterment of the lives of the people of South Africa.

To nominate visit this page.

Nominations close at 17:00 on 3 September 2021

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Build hope by reaching out and nominating



As the sun rises through the darkness of the pandemic and looting in South Africa, we begin to renew our hope for the future, and with that, we start our search to celebrate our Absa Jewish Achievers in 2021. Nominations are now open.

This year, we will celebrate on 7 November with great ‘hope’, the theme of this year’s event that so perfectly fits our growing sentiments.

The past 18 months have been so incredibly tough on our community, our country, and our world. What with more than 200 Jewish people dying from the COVID-19 pandemic in Johannesburg alone, we have really felt the coronavirus to our core.

We haven’t been able to be at loved one’s funerals, and have sat shiva alone. We have isolated from our loved ones to protect them. We have put much of our lives on hold because of this illness. Many have lost businesses and livelihoods.

But the end of this pandemic is in sight. We have “hope” again. As we vaccinate en masse, we move towards a new tomorrow.

We survived the wholesale looting and violence of the past month, and people have gone to great lengths to help each other make it through.

As a community, we work best together. We support each other, making us stronger and more resilient.

The Absa Jewish Achiever Awards is all about our community putting heads together and coming up with those unique individuals who stand head and shoulders above others.

We will pull out all the stops to celebrate our 2021 achievers on 7 November. Once again, we’ll keep it online to avoid any potential COVID-19 risks. But in so doing, we’ll bring your international fantasies to life with our annual revelry. And in so doing, we will enable far more people to participate than can fit in a large hall. Last year, we took our numbers from 1 000 to 60 000 viewers.

It’s time to look around and find those unique individuals, those gems within our community who have performed in their own areas like no other. You know who they are, and they will be given the kavod only if you nominate them for the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards. It’s up to you.

“The Absa Jewish Achiever Awards is so important as it allows us as a community to take stock and celebrate our disproportionate contribution to the people of South Africa,” says Howard Sackstein, Absa Jewish Achiever chairperson.

“It allows us to create role models for everyone to emulate as we celebrate the extraordinary. In so doing, we encourage others to find greatness in their own fields.”

Though we will once again be looking for lifetime achievers this year, a humanitarian champion, and those who have gone way beyond the call of duty for the community, we are also focusing on those who have excelled in the past year.

We want to find those outstanding individuals who have distinguished themselves over this past year with its unique challenges.

We are looking for nominees in the following: women in leadership; business award; entrepreneurship; business icon; professional excellence community award winner; a lifetime achiever; a winner in sport, science and culture; and a humanitarian award winner (who doesn’t have to be Jewish).

It’s up to you to nominate these people. Without your nominations, they won’t get the acknowledgement they deserve. Although there are judges involved, we need your nominations and online participation in the public vote.

This is a communal event, focusing on our magnificent community, to find the individuals that will become icons for the rest of us. “As you all know, we work best as a community, and in this, we encourage each other to take pride in the achievements of others,” says Sackstein.

Nominations are open from today, until 17:00 on 3 September.

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