Student Innovation Competition

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Student Innovation Challenge !!!

Phuti Moloto is a dynamic force in the realm of Sustainability and Business Development, known for her unwavering commitment to driving positive change. With a robust background in Metallurgy and Mineralogy, Phuti has seamlessly transitioned into a leadership role in the field of Sustainability Management.

Currently pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Management at the University of Johannesburg, Phuti is on a mission to harness the power of sustainable solutions and shape the future landscape of businesses. Her academic journey includes a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Regenesys Business School and valuable insights gained through the prestigious Anglo American Graduate Programme.

Phuti’s professional journey unfolds with a wealth of experience as a Mineralogist at SGS South Africa (Pty) Ltd. In this role, he has masterfully integrated her metallurgical background with project management skills, overseeing the coordination of sample preparation, data acquisition, and quality control. Her contributions extend to proposal writing, data processing, and the commissioning of mineralogical instruments. As an Intern Business Analyst at Africa International Advisors, Phuti honed her skills in business process mapping and employee data analysis.

 While her current role showcases her dedication to precision, quality, and efficiency in metallurgical test work, she is also motivated to broaden her horizons. In the past two years she has developed a growing interest in issues pertaining to and Organisational strategies, operational capabilities, competencies, behaviors and cultures can work towards aligning themselves with the Global Sustainability Development Goals. This is why she has  taken a step to enroll myself for studying towards a ‘Masters in Sustainability Management’ qualification at UJ (Johannesburg Business School) this year.


The primary objective of the ESG student innovation competition is to encourage innovative ideas that address environmental, social, and governance challenges faced by society today. 
This competition provides a platform for students to showcase their talents, engage in critical thinking, and demonstrate their commitment to creating a sustainable and equitable future. 

Target Audience:

The competition targets students from various disciplines and levels, including undergraduate and graduate students, who are interested in ESG. The competition aims to attract students from diverse backgrounds, including those studying engineering, business, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Competition Structure:

The competition will be divided into multiple stages, including an initial application stage, where students can submit a 1 one-page proposal, followed by a selection of finalists who will compete in a final round. The competition will be judged by a panel of experts in sustainability and innovation.


Students will be asked to submit a one pager (and a longer proposal if they make it to round 2) detailing any innovative idea that they have, to address an ESG challenge or opportunity they see in the world, country or local community.  

We are looking for ideas that will make a big impact and change the status quo and could address a negative impact like prevent pollution or a positive opportunity like job creation.  It can be a product, a process change, a new approach or combination of those things. 

The student must detail how the innovative idea will be implemented and why and how it will make an impact.  It can be an idea that cross cuts all three areas of ESG or one that addresses only one component of it.


The winner of the competition will receive a cash prize valued at R25,000, and the winning team/individual will have the opportunity to present their ideas at the ESG Africa conference in October.

The ESG student innovation competition aims to inspire and recognise innovative solutions to environmental, social, and governance challenges.

This competition provides a platform for students to showcase their talents, engage in critical thinking, and demonstrate their commitment to creating a sustainable and equitable future.

Through this competition, we hope to inspire a new generation of leaders committed to driving real change and impact across the continent

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