The FAIRLADY Women of the Future Awards 2016, in partnership with Santam, launched in April with a call for entries from South African female entrepreneurs. Two outstanding women will win great prizes in two prestigious categories: The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2016 and the FAIRLADY Rising Star 2016.
The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2016 award goes to an entrepreneur, 25 years or older, whose business has made it past 1001 days (basically, the first three years) and who is well on her way to creating an empire. The prize comprises of:
- R50 000 cash
- An hour’s invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges
- R3 000 fashion voucher from Queenspark
- R12 500 online course from GetSmarter
- Sony Xperia Z5 Gold cellphone & Wi-Fi tablet
- Bamboo Revolution watch
- Issey Miyake (L’Eau d’Issey) hamper worth R7 880.
The FAIRLADY Rising Star 2016 goes to an entrepreneur between the ages of 16 and 25, whose business is older than six months but still within the first 1001 days of business.
The prize comprises R20 000 cash, an hour’s invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, a R3 000 fashion voucher from Queenspark, a R12 500 online course from GetSmarter, a Sony Xperia M5 cellphone & Wi Fi Tablet, a Bamboo Revolution watch and an Issey Miyake (L’Eau d’Issey) hamper worth R7 880.
‘FAIRLADY is all about the future of South Africa. We want to reward success, but we also want to award potential – which is why we include the Rising Star award,’ says Brokensha.
The respected panel of judges presiding over the awards comprise:
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FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha has always believed that women should be part of the workforce, but particularly in South Africa, where female entrepreneurs can contribute so much to the growth of this economy. ‘It’s not only about personal growth, although that is a huge part of work. It’s also about building this country into the energetic, vibrant economy it should be. ‘We believe in women, and we believe in business, and we believe that women have the potential to turn the South African economy around,’ says Brokensha.
‘I’ll be looking for someone who has spotted a gap in the market and whose business could become a game changer in our economic environment.’
As Santam Director, Yegs Ramiah will be looking for a female entrepreneur who is passionate and has pulled out all the stops to pursue her dream and turn it into a business. Ramiah also believes female entrepreneurs should not give up too easily: ‘Typically, the first 1000 days or three years are the hardest for any business,” she says.
‘Those entrepreneurs who reach this critical milestone are the ones that come up with creative solutions to obstacles and challenges, are eager to learn, adapt quickly, inspire others and stay focused through good times and bad.’
Advocate Thuli Madonsela, South Africa’s highly respected Public Protector, is looking for a candidate with a ‘servant heart’, and someone who believes in South Africa’s future. She believes that South Africa is a great place for entrepreneurs – that there are more gaps in the system and, therefore, more opportunities here than in countries that have been operating in a globalised environment for many years.
‘The winner must see herself as part of a force to build our communities, this nation, our continent and, ultimately, a better world,’ says Adv Madonsela.
Media entrepreneur and international speaker Jo-Ann Strauss is a hardworking mom. She sees entrepreneurship as a great opportunity for mothers, allowing for creativity and flexibility. Says Strauss:
‘I will be looking for strong, capable women who have not just dreamed their dreams, but have made them come true through sheer determination and resilience. This is what sets the FAIRLADY Women of the Future Apart.’
Read more on Jo-Ann Strauss here.
TV presenter, radio host & MC Leanne Manas is a part of our morning every day, hosting Morning Live on SABC 2. For Leanne, the entrepreneurial spirit is something that needs nurturing, as that’s where jobs are created. Says Manas:
‘I want the winner to be someone whose business is making a difference in her community by creating meaningful and sustainable jobs, and by empowering women.’
Entry forms and terms & conditions are available on www.womenofthefuture.co.za. Entries close on 24 June 2016.