Top WiB achievers announced

2016-05-03 06:00
Photo: supplied Sue Barnes (first), Kerry Anne Dolloway (second) and Nikki Rosatto (third).

Photo: supplied Sue Barnes (first), Kerry Anne Dolloway (second) and Nikki Rosatto (third).

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WOMEN gathered in their numbers at Sibaya Casino recently for the KZN Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever of the Year gala evening.

Hirsch, who started the competition after winning several awards herself over the years, said she could see how much of an impact the acknowledgment of her success had been and wanted to see more women in this position.

“Awards give credibility to one’s business and as women, we tend to shy away from being in the limelight. We also tend not to be assertive enough. This was my way of encouraging women to put themselves and their businesses in the spotlight.
“The winners and runners-up are people who not only run successful businesses, but are making a difference in the lives of others in all the areas in which they live, and ultimately, the lives of people in our beautiful country,” she said.

The overall winner for KZN, Vino Govender owns her own engineering consultancy and has overcome huge obstacles to get to where she is today. She has also helped transform the lives of people with financial constraints in the community, having started a hamper distribution project. Runners-up - Sue Barnes, who runs the Girls with Dignity Project and Kerry Dell from Your Earth Solutions and EarthBeat have, through their businesses made a huge, positive, impact on the lives of others.

Sue Barnes was announced as the Woman in Business Achiever of the year in Hillcrest. She is the owner and creator of Subz pads, a washable sanitary pad and panties that last up to five years, and were created specifically for underprivileged girls in South Africa who did not attend school when they had their period.

Kerry Ann Dolloway was a runner-up in the competition. She holds a BSc in dietetics, a post-graduate in dietetics and is a graduate of advanced functional medicine in clinical practice and has clinical experience both locally and internationally.
Some of her history includes the development and promotion of a commercial nutritional supplement, lecturing final-year UKZN dietetic students as well as assisting in training various health professionals using the aspects of functional medicine.

Second runner-up for Hillcrest was Nikki Rosatto, owner of Nikki’s Gift shop. Rosatto has mainly taken the form of stocking jewellery products from an organisation called Red Light that helps women escape human trafficking and prostitution by giving them skills and income from making jewellery from drift wood.

Guest speaker at the awards evening was Dr Michelle Potgieter, Samsung Electronics director of communications and corporate marketing. She complimented Hirsch’s on their initiative and said it was competitions like this that help boost women’s confidence in their attempt to climb the corporate ladder, start their own business and generally make a success of their life. - Supplied.

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