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George Municipality is proud to announce that Bongani Mandla, Director for Electrotechnical Services has been nominated as one of five finalists in the 2022 TransUnion South Africa Rising Star Awards 2022 in the Services: Public and Private category. The finalists that made it to the 11th TransUnion Rising Star Awards were announced on 26 August 2022.

The Municipal Manager for George Municipality, Dr Michele Gratz congratulated Mandla for representing George very well to reach the final stage of the TransUnion South Africa Rising Star Competition. “We are proud to have one of us reaching the finals of this coveted Rising Star Competition and flying the flag of the George Municipality and Georgians high.”

Mandla, a registered Professional Engineer (ECSA) and a member of the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (MSAIEE) joined the George Municipality last year, as Director for the Electrotechnical Services Directorate bringing a wealth of experience spanning over 10 years in the electrotechnical services engineering.

“This nomination demonstrates the rich talent and great quality of the employees in the George Municipality, we are looking forward to the announcement of winners per category during the finals of the TransUnion South Africa Rising Stars Awards in September this year,” Dr Gratz added.





Background about the Rising Star Awards

The Rising Star Programme, operated by BlackBark Productions, has been established for the purposes of recognising, celebrating, and connecting young talented people who have a capacity for achievement and success and who contribute in an inspirational manner to the future of our nation. The qualities that elevate Rising Stars to the top go beyond performance and technical excellence. Rising Stars are polished, brilliant individuals with tremendous promise and great talent who excel for reasons that go far beyond their technical abilities alone. Talented people make things happen, are highly committed to achieving goals, innovate very rapidly, and create a great deal of value (for companies and/or themselves) when their talent is spotted and harnessed.

The Programme aims to be a significant and sustainable vehicle through which organisations, our country and our continent can identify and nurture these “organisational and national assets” who are set to play a key role in shaping the future of our country and our continent. The Rising Star Programme is establishing a living community of young African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with platforms for development and communication, therefore enabling them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future African Talent.


  • Entrants are either nominated by their peers, or managers or are self-nominated for entry.
  • All entrants are required to complete the first assessment, which consists of a questionnaire.
  • The Master Judge will assess all entries and select the semi-finalists. These are the Top 10 in each category.


  • Each candidate will complete a short video interview and is required to answer a set of leadership-focused questions.
  • The Judging Panel will select 5 candidates from each category, based on their video submissions – the finalists.


The finalist will be invited to another round of assessments including an interview in front of a panel of experts in September 2022. Subsequent to this final round of assessments, the TransUnion Rising Star Awards Finalists will be invited to attend the Celebratory Gala Awards Evening where the winners will be announced. The following 5 frontrunners in the Services: Public and Private category are;