Are you ready to experience some of that “secret sauce”? The 2023 CIO Awards are finally here!


Get ready to have your funny bone tickled by MC Celeste Ntuli’s unique brand of comedy, get lost in the soulful sounds of The Soil, swept away by Adventurer Kirsten Neuschäfer, and jazzed up by the Kopano Jazz Collective.

On the evening of 15 November, IT leaders will gather at one of the country’s most sophisticated venues, The Polo Room in Inanda, Sandton, for what has been dubbed as the “Oscars of IT”, the 2023 CIO Awards.

If guests were looking to be entertained, that’s exactly what’s in store for them. Comedian, actress, producer, and 2019 Golden Horn Award winner Celeste Ntuli has something special waiting for our esteemed guests – jokes like no other that’ll see attendees shedding tears from laughter. Celeste will also be the MC at the black tie affair.

But wait! There’s more. The Soil, a South African a cappella group from Soweto, with lead singer Ntsika Ngxanga, beatboxer Luphindo, and vocalist Theo Matshoba, will also have guests up on the their feet the entire evening dancing to their Afro-pop and Afro-soul sounds.

To maintain the level of class and sophistication this evening deserves, the Kopano Jazz Collective, an innovative jazz group including saxophonist and musical director Godfrey Mntambo, bassist and MD Angus Hardcastle, pianist Josh Mokoena, and drummers Enoch Marutha and Nicholas Bjorkman, will provide a soothing soundtrack.


However, there’s also a bit of room to leave guests inspired by Kirsten Neuschäfer, a South African yachtswoman and adventurer, who was the first woman to complete the Golden Globe Race in the race’s history, and the first woman to win it in 2022.

Surely, the main event, the awards ceremony will be the showstopper for the night, as some of the most coveted awards will be handed out, including the CIO of the Year and Young CIO of the Year.

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