BWA Regional Business Achiever

Congratulating the five winners, she added, "being a finalist is a wonderful honour and achievement – and while we may have only one winner in each category, each of you have impressed us with your passion, knowledge and skills.Your focus and perseverance to achieve success despite the various challenges you may have faced is to be lauded."

Winning women recognised at BWA Regional Business Achiever Awards gala banquet

Winning women:

Dr Thandeka Mazibuko; Nishi Singh; Shamina Krishnaswamy;
Farzanah Mall (BWA) ; Shamla Pather; Mitasha Sewpersad; and Lynette Ntuli, (BWA ).

THE Businesswomen's Association hosted a spectacular gala dinner on June 13 to announce the winners of the 2012 Regional Business Achiever Awards.The awards actively seek to identify, acknowledge, cultivate and recognise small businesses, professional practices, corporates and established entrepreneurs who have achieved in their respective fields, many from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Speaking at the awards Businesswomen's Association of South Africa (BWASA), Durban Chairperson, Farzanah Mall said, "By creating a platform to increase women's participation in the economy, companies improve their financial performance, protect a family's well being, create growth and enhanced efficiency, productivity and competitiveness."
Congratulating the five winners, she added, "being a finalist is a wonderful honour and achievement – and while we may have only one winner in each category, each of you have impressed us with your passion, knowledge and skills.Your focus and perseverance to achieve success despite the various challenges you may have faced is to be lauded."
Shamina Krishnaswamy, the key accounts manager at Durban RoRO Terminal, Transnet Port Terminals, was the winner in the Corporate category;Shamla Pather, a partner at Pather & Pather Attorneys, took the honours in the Professional category;Dr Thandeka Mazibuko, professional oncologist and founder of Sinomusanothando Community Development, won in the Social Entrepreneur category;Mitasha Sewpersad, the owner of Designer Depot, was recognised as the best Emerging Entrepreneur;and Nishi Singh, managing member and proud owner of Bhejane Security, was the winner in the Entrepreneur section.
"Hosting an awards evening of this nature allows us the opportunity to recognise businesswomen who have 'out-imagined'and 'out-created' their competition,"Mall continued. "Women who are role models for the younger generations, who have achieved their dreams through hard work, determination and commitment." Guests of honour at the 2012 event included the KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize;provincial "first lady", Dr May Mkhize; Madam Justice Mohini Murugasen; the US Consul General, Taylor Ruggles;and the guest speaker, Chairman of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Monhla Hlahla.
"Women make up more than 50 percent of the world's population, work two-thirds of the world's working hours, produce half of the world's food, yet earn only 10 percent of the world's income and own less than 1 percent of the world's property.Of the 900 million people worldwide who cannot read and write, two-thirds are women," added Mall.
"We know that one of the biggest challenges we face in the 21st century is how to grow our economies and ensure shared prosperity for all nations and all people.As a society, we should want to give all people, men and women, young and old, greater opportunity to find work, to save and spend money, to pursue happiness and ultimately to live up to their full potential.
"As an association, we are extremely proud of the contribution we have made and continue to make to socio-economic growth. To empower a person with knowledge, skills, opportunity and inspiration is priceless.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have provided your time, money and resources to help empower, teach, grow and recognise others."
The six key sponsors of this event included Nedbank, Telkom, Unilever, Coastlands Hotels and Resorts, KPMG and Women of Africa.Funds raised from the gala dinner go towards supporting the BWA bursary programme, which has already awarded more than 78 bursaries to South African women wishing to pursue advanced business degrees.

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