Region’s finest businesswomen honoured

2015-06-24 06:00
andlt;?The winners of this year’s Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Regional Business Achievers Awards are Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana (Transnet National Ports Authority), Leisel Petrie (Incredible Kids Daycare), Dr Janet Meier (Upper Cervical Chiropractic C

andlt;?The winners of this year’s Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Regional Business Achievers Awards are Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana (Transnet National Ports Authority), Leisel Petrie (Incredible Kids Daycare), Dr Janet Meier (Upper Cervical Chiropractic C

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THE Port Elizabeth Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) has crowned its six leading businesswomen for 2015, each a winner in her category in this year’s prestigious annual Regional Business Achievers Awards (RBAA) held at the Boardwalk Hotel and Conference Centre last week.

Selected for their inspiring successes from a pool of 18 impressive finalists (three in each category), the 2015 winners are:

) Emerging Entrepreneur: Heather Crompton, fashion designer and owner of Chocolates for Breakfast

) Entrepreneur: Leisel Petrie, owner of Incredible Kids Daycare

) Social Entrepreneur: Dr Trudi Basson, General Manager of Maranatha Street Workers Trust

) Corporate: Tracy Weise, Dealer Principal, Market Square Volkswagen Uitenhage

) Government: Mpumi Dweba-Kwetana, Port Manager – Port of Ngqura, Transnet National Ports Authority

) Professional: Dr Janet Meier, owner of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Centre

This year saw a record number of entries, with more than 100 businesswomen, not necessarily BWA members, nominated by the community from a wide range of industries.

Michelle Brown, chairwoman of BWA’s dynamic local branch, said the experience for the 18 carefully selected finalists was “a journey of huge personal and business growth and extremely rewarding.

“The RBAA celebrates the achievement and leadership of South African women in business. We contribute so much, alongside men, and deserve to stop a moment to reflect on and celebrate our achievements,” she said.

Keynote speaker at the glamorous Awards evening was radio and television personality Leanne Manas.

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