FAIRLADY Santam Women of the
Future Awards 2019
Celebrating South African Female Entrepreneurship
Our director, Roxanne Kreutle project manages the FAIRLADY Santam Women of the Future Awards in South Africa.
Currently in its fifth year, the awards honours three amazing women who are creating opportunities for others and boosting South Africa`s economy by setting up their own businesses.
The winners were announced at an exclusive VIP awards luncheon at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. The three winners were selected from a shortlist of nine finalists by a panel of South African judges – FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha, Trust Chair for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and founder of the Social Justice M-Plan and the ThuMa Foundation, Professor Thuli Madonsela; executive head of Human Resources at Santam, Enid Lizamore; social entrepreneur Dawn Nathan-Jones; entrepreneur and philanthropist Johanna Mukoki and media entrepreneur & international speaker, Jo-Ann Strauss.
Through an independent survey, Santam found that the first 1000 days of a business are the hardest. If you’re still in business by day 1001, they’ve found, you’re likely to succeed long term. These incredible dynamic women have either already surpassed that critical point, or are well on the way to doing so!
Congratulations to the winners:
Phillipa Geard of RecruitMyMom was named the 2019 FAIRLADY Santam Woman of the Future (awarded to a female entrepreneur who has survived the first 1 000 days of business). RecruitMyMom is a South African-born online recruitment agency meeting the needs of skilled women looking to integrate their careers with their family lives. ‘Winning the Woman of the Future Award is the acknowledgement that my team and I are making a difference in the lives of thousands of women by creating employment opportunities,’ says Phillipa.
Renshia Manuel of Growbox was named the 2019 FAIRLADY Santam Social Entrepreneur (awarded to a female entrepreneur who is making a real difference in her community). GrowBox promotes urban food gardens by supplying vegetable garden boxes to impoverished and malnourished communities in densely populated urban residential areas. ‘I am planning to use the prize money to take GrowBox`s flat-pack product range to market and to increase production at the nursery in order to impact more households,’ says Renshia.
Nondumiso Sibiya of Boombadotmodi was named the 2019 FAIRLDY Santam Rising Star (awarded to a female entrepreneur who is still within her first 1000 days of business). Boombadotmobi is a waste management business that tries to reduce illegal dumping by collecting waste from its source, connecting waste generators with waste collectors and ensuring that the waste is disposed of responsibly. ‘Winning the Rising Star Award means recognition of the work I am doing in the community, and it will enable me to buy the tech I need to automate the business’, says Nondumiso.