The panel of judges presiding over the awards this year are:
  • Professor Thuli Madonsela (chair for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and founder of the Social Justice M-Plan as well as the Thuma Foundation)
  • Dawn Nathan-Jones (social entrepreneur)
  • Johanna Mukoki (entrepreneur, global motivational speaker, philanthropist and travel ''guru')
  • Jo-Ann Strauss (media entrepreneur and international speaker)
  • Enid Lizamore (executive head of human resources at Santam)
  • Suzy Brokensha (FAIRLADY editor) 

"The FAIRLADY Santam Women of the Future Awards just get better and stronger each year. This year saw more entries than ever, with extraordinarily inspiring candidates. It’s a real challenge to pick the winners because the calibre is so high, but it’s one I wouldn’t give up for anything," says Brokensha.

Finalists for Woman of the Future 2019

The women eligible for this award are 30 or older and have been in business for at least 1 000 days. The finalists are:

  • Kathryn Main (Money Savvy Kids) — teaches children as young as four crucial financial skills so they can become financially independent adults.
  • Nisha Maharaj (Niche Integrated Solutions) — specialises in information and communications technology.
  • Phillipa Geard (RecruitMyMom) — a user-friendly online recruitment platform that links skilled moms to potential employers.
Finalists for Social Entrepreneur 2019

The women eligible for this award are 30 or older and their businesses have survived the first 1 000 days. Their ventures are making a difference in their communities.

The finalists are:
  • Luleka Mkuzo (Urglobal Mentoring Network) — a mobile computer training solution that utilises a school’s infrastructure to teach computer skills to students, teachers, community leaders and members in rural communities.
  • Lusanda Magwape (Dream Factory Foundation) — a non-profit organisation that offers educational tools and programmes to improve the outcomes of learners, and give unemployed youth digital and entrepreneurial skills.
  • Renshia Manuel (GrowBox) — promotes urban food gardens by supplying vegetable garden boxes to impoverished and malnourished communities in densely populated urban residential areas.
Finalists for Rising Star 2019

This award goes to individuals who are 30 and under and who have passed the six-month milestone. The finalists are:
  • Andrae Smith (Work Wanderers) — provides one-month co-living, co-working retreats in emerging tech hubs around the world, aiming to bring together like-minded innovators for a shared experience of learning, sharing and career development.
  • Mpho Mohaswa (Precious & Pearl Brands) — sells ghemere, a ginger-based drink, using the traditional recipe (but with a few added preservatives to ensure a longer shelf life).
  • Nondumiso Sibaya (Boombadotmobi) — connects waste generators to waste removal, and ensures the waste is disposed of responsibly.

The prizes awarded to the three winners are R80 000 in cash to the Woman of the Future, and R50 000 each to the Rising Star and Social Entrepreneur.

All the winners will receive a mentorship session with one of the judges, a beauty hamper from Clarins, a short course from the IMM Graduate School worth R15 000, a Karissa business bag and spinner from Samsonite worth R7 298, a ladies watch from Obaku worth R2 195, a R1 000 shopping voucher from Superbalist, a voucher from Camelot Spa and a media training session.

For full details on the finalists, and information on how to purchase tickets for the event, purchase the latest issue of FAIRLADY magazine — on sale now.

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