Trailblazer Sinqobile Khuluse nominated for 2023 CHRO Awards


The leader, who describes herself as a "hustler of note", will join the group of nominees up for the prestigious awards.

Sinqobile Khuluse, the head of human resources at Sandock Austral Shipyards, is the latest addition to the list of nominees for the 2023 CHRO Awards.

Sandock Austral Shipyards is Africa’s leading commercial and naval shipbuilder and ship repair company, which is part of the Sandock Austral Group, and is involved in the marine engineering, aerospace and energy sectors.

Prior to joining Sandock, she was the director of human resources at Hesto Harnesses and also held the position of employee relations manager at Smiths Manufacturing.

Sinqobile, who is also an admitted attorney specialising in employment law, has previously shared her determination for paving the way for other women in male-dominated industries.

“When I was at Hesto Harnesses, I was the only woman on the board of directors, and I was the only black director. So, when you are pioneering, there are a lot of struggles that you go through,” she said.

Further noting that her key passions in the industry include striving for diversity, equality, inclusion, and transformation and believes that more women should be incorporated into leadership roles in the private sector.

“Being able to influence the people strategy and the trajectory of people’s careers has left an indelible mark in my heart. Being able to link my purpose with the work that I do never feels like a job: it feels as though I’ve woken up to attend to my calling.”

Sinqobile is also the chairperson of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC.

The annual CHRO Awards recognise CHROs of listed companies, large corporations, state-owned entities and government institutions and award them for outstanding performance and leadership. Billed as the Oscars of HR, the ceremony will host top CHROs, VIPs and business partners for an exquisite evening of networking, entertainment and fine cuisine.

The CHRO Awards will be taking place on 14 November 2023. Reserve your seat here.


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