About 21st Century

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21st Century is one of the largest Remuneration, Reward, HR, Organisation Development and Change Management consultancies in Africa, specialising in sustainable business solutions and underpinned by exceptional Analytics and Research capabilities.

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National and International Reach

21st Century has both national and international capability. We offer full-spectrum Human Capital services to sub-Saharan Africa & Middle East clients, and as a member of the GECN group have access to expertise on every continent.

A GECN Group firm

21st Century is a GECN group member

21st Century, the GECN consultancy for Africa, has global reach and access to international expertise through being part of the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group (GECN), one of the largest independent compensation groups in the world.

2023 GECN REPORT: Global Trends in ESG Incentives

2023 GECN Global Trends in ESG Report

Longer-term trends are becoming evident as companies continue their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) journeys. The report explores how companies around the world seek to incorporate ESG measures into their executive compensation plans.

B-BBEE Level 2 Company

21st Century was awarded a Level 2 B-BBEE verification certificate in July 2015 by SNG Grant Thornton.

As we are a value adding supplier, this allows our clients to claim a preferential procurement spend of 125% of the value of the procurement from 21st Century. 21st Century’s B-BBEE shareholding is 51%, with a further 10% ringfenced for staff.

Who we work with

We service over 1700 clients – including non-profit organisations, unlisted companies, government, parastatals, and over two thirds of the companies listed on the JSE.

History and growth

In 1996 we set out to design and provide pragmatic, easy-to-understand Remuneration and HR solutions. Since then we have developed a formidable reputation for delivering realistic, practical, output-driven Remuneration, HR, OD and Change solutions.

Industry Body Affiliations

21st Century is proud to be affiliated with – and/or accredited by – the following industry bodies:

Philosophy and focus

We believe it’s imperative to create long-term value for your organisation, your employees, your shareholders, and the environment in which your organisation operates. In order to do this we focus on your organisation’s strategy … and continue to do so throughout the intervention process.

Vision, Mission, Values

To be the recognised global Remuneration, Reward, HR, Organisation Development and Change Management company with happy employees.

To provide pragmatic and world class solutions to our clients.

  • Helpfulness
  • Caring
  • Quality
  • Honesty
  • Speed
  • Innovation

Passion and Innovation

Remuneration, Reward and HR issues are complex and change rapidly in response to the environment. In order to keep up, we need to be innovative.

Work Process

We make sure we understand what is driving your business, what it is that you need, and how your business culture functions.

Our comprehensive survey and analytics capabilities across industries enable us to provide detailed best-fit, both from outside and within your organisation.

We have taken on the challenge to remain innovative and have immersed ourselves in research and the latest Remuneration & HR trends.

We are continually evolving, developing and updating our Remuneration and HR systems to address current business issues.

We are excited to share our knowledge with staff,  clients and the public – educating and training those who are active in the Remuneration and HR field.

Our team of more than 60 specialists is headed up by a group of highly skilled Directors who are each passionate leaders in their fields of expertise.

Chris Blair, CEO
Ntombizone Feni, Executive Director
Dr Mark Bussin
Craig Raath, Executive Director
Chris Blair, CEO
Morag Phillips, Executive Director
Jaen Beelders
Bongani Nhlapo
Shaun Barnes
Dumi Khanyile, Non-Executive Director
Bryden Morton, Executive Director
Ntombizone Feni, Executive Director