Elle Boss rewards achievers

2016-10-09 07:08
FAB FOUR Abigail Visagie, Lerato Tshabalala, Melody Molale and Chanelle Zackey

FAB FOUR Abigail Visagie, Lerato Tshabalala, Melody Molale and Chanelle Zackey

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On Thursday night, 54 on Bath in Rosebank was transformed into a magical fairyland for the 2016 Elle Boss Awards.

As excited guests arrived, they were led to the hotel deck, where they sipped on glasses of the decadent champagne from the evening’s sponsor, Veuve Clicquot.

Pairing the drink with either spicy or sweet accompaniments such as grapefruit, peppers, cucumber or pineapple, there was a taste to suit every palate.

It was certainly a night of glitz and glamour as guests donned their best evening wear and chatted while they were treated to a caricature artist capturing them in conversation.

Once the pre-drinks were over, the doors to the magical fairyland were opened and guests were transported to a garden setting of white candles, white flowers and crystal, where a three-course meal was served, including pan-fried kingklip drizzled with a fynbos crème fraîche sauce.

For the second year running, Elle Magazine and Veuve Clicquot have celebrated female entrepreneurs who have been in business for at least three years.

Women from all over South Africa were encouraged to enter in the entrepreneurial and corporate categories.

Gisèle Wertheim Aymés, the founder and owner of Independent Media Companies, expressed her pride in the six finalists.

“It is absolutely incredible that we get to pay homage to women who have been instrumental in paving the way for themselves and other women in the world of business,” she said.

The evening was also an opportunity for some of the leading women in business to network and engage with guests.

Judged by a panel of 10 of the country’s most formidable businesswomen, including Happy Ralinala, the managing executive of Private and Wealth Banking Africa at Barclays Africa Group, the Elle Boss award in the entrepreneurial category went to Linda Mabhena-Olagunju.

Mabhena-Olagunju (30) is the managing director and founder of a renewable energy company DLO Energy Resources.

The corporate category was won by Vumile Msweli, executive head of client services partner for Africa at Vodacom.

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