Visionaries encouraged to take part in awards

2012-04-06 00:00

WHILE South Africa’s developing nation status poses serious challenges for impoverished communities, it has also produced a breed of “socio-economic business developers” who make a living out of helping those less fortunate in society.

According to Phuti Mahanyele, the CEO of the black owned and managed investment company Shanduka Group, tapping into our natural resources will not solve all the country’s problems.

She has encouraged entries in the Socio-Economic Business Developers category of the 2012 Shoprite Women of the Year, stressing the importance of human capital and the intellectual power of South Africans.

Mahanyele said: “Our greatest opportunity lies in our ability to unlock the inherent value that lies in our youth population.”

Organisers said a considerable number of nominations have already been received since the recent launch of the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award.

The main aim of the award is to identify exceptional and visionary women who have achieved in their own fields with the determination and foresight to make an impact on the future of many fellow South Africans.

All South Africans have been invited to participate by nominating those women with a vision on the future and who makes the nation proud in five categories — health care-givers, educators, socio-economic business developers, good neighbours against crime and youth movers.

The winners will be awarded with individual prize money and the Shoprite Group will also give R100 000 towards the work they do for a better future.

The public will be asked to nominate the lifetime achiever who will receive R100 000 to donate to a cause which the recipient believes will better the lives of South Africans.

The closing date for nominations is April 26, 2012. Visit www.womenoftheyear.co.za for more information, or contact the award organisers by e-mailing womenoftheyear@shoprite.co.za or call 021 980 4285/1570.

The winners will be announced at a spectacular gala evening in July 2012 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng.

— Business Editor.

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