Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring the 2020 winners and finalists of the Santam Women of the Future Awards, in association with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE. Entrepreneurs and SMEs are the lifeblood of South Africa’s economy, and we wholeheartedly support these incredible female entrepreneurs. We believe in providing a platform on which to showcase their incredible businesses.
The nine business women who will be featured have inspired us with their entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to seeing their business ideas through, and the sheer resilience and determination that they have shown during this unprecedented time.
Sue van der Linde of Iris House Children’s Hospice
2020 Social Entrepreneur
While living in England, Sue saw an ad in the local paper looking for special needs carers. She didn’t understand why she felt such an urge to follow this calling, but after her first care session, Sue knew what she wanted to do with the rest of her life.
‘Suddenly, things I considered “problems” in my life were insignificant. The children and the families we cared for showed me what true determination, love and acceptance is.’ Sue returned to SA and created Iris House Children’s Hospice in 2011. The hospice cares for special needs children, offers hospice-based and overnight respite care, parent support services, equine therapy and gardening workshops. ‘We have more than 500 registered children whose symptoms range from epilepsy and cerebral palsy to autism,’ she says. ‘Our mission is to provide free, quality, professional care and therapies to these children and their families through a holistic approach.’
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Santam, FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE are searching for South Africa’s most enterprising entrepreneurs!
Do you have what it takes to be our next Social Entrepreneur?
HOW IT WORKS
The Santam Social Entrepreneur title is awarded to:
- an entrepreneur aged 30 or older
- whose business/social enterprise/NPO has survived the first 1 000 days, and
- who is making a real difference in her community.
R60 000 in cash from Santam
A full-page advertisement in FAIRLADY or TRUELOVE to promote the business, social enterprise or NPO
An hour’s invaluable mentorship with one of our judges
A one-year supply of African Extracts Rooibos skincare products (beauty sponsor), worth R3 500
A GetSmarter online short course, worth R11 900
Leather accessories, worth R5 000, from Zemp
Business printing, worth R5 000, from Lithotech
A women’s branded watch, worth R6 599, from American Swiss Fine Jewellers
A Samsonite Prodigy Spinner Expandable (55cm) carry-on, worth R5 000
Head to womenofthefuture.co.za to enter or to nominate an entrepreneur. Entries close on 23 June 2021. Terms and conditions apply.