Five remarkable South African business women have been chosen to receive awards from the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge in Seattle, Washington, in the United States.
They were nominated by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry and they all run multi-million rand businesses with and combined annual turnover of nearly half a billion rands.
• Lesley Waterkeyn who runs Colourworks, an advertising and marketing company.
• Vino Govender, who runs LA Consulting Engineers.
• Tara and Tiffany Turkington, two sisters who run Flow Communications.
• Savanah Maziya Danson who runs the Bunengi Group which specialises in project development in infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources.
A fifth award goes to Jill Bysshe who runs National Ethical Trading, a company that deals with natural and organic products. Her award will take the form of a mentorship programme to help accelerate growth in her business.
It’s inspiring to see these women building successful businesses in a difficult economic climate. They embody the spirit of enterprise that we so desperately need in this country and they set an outstanding example for others.
The awards will be presented at a conference in Seattle in November. They will also meet other winners from different parts of the world, exchange ideas and perhaps develop new aspects of their businesses.
In the past the IWEC conferences have proved to be stimulating and have encouraged the winners to take on fresh challenges, and the Chamber is proud of the role it had played in bringing South African women into the international limelight.
President of the Cape Chamber