On the eve of Women’s Month, the Limpopo Branch of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (Bwasa) honoured a host of women during its 2015 Regional Business Achiever Awards (RBAA) function at Meropa Casino and Entertainment World on Friday.
The theme of the event was “Prosperity is in the extra mile – Women can do it all” and exquisitely attired businesswomen, fine food and good music and excitement marked the occasion.
Guests were welcomed by Thembi Nkadimeng, Polokwane Executive Mayor, who said that everyone should unite to move women empowerment forward. “The promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is central to government’s efforts to combat poverty and stimulate sustainable development,” she assured the women.
The keynote address was delivered by Seaparo Sekoati, MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism and other speakers were Mthunzi Mdwaba, Bwasa Board Member, and Muditambi Ravele, Chairperson of Boxing South Africa.
Sekoati encouraged women to grow in their businesses and to take advantage of the opportunities that are offered locally and to grow the economy of the province.
Ravele told the guests that as women, they have to reach out to others on their way to the top. “As you move up the stairway, there are always people that are supporting you and you should recognise their role in your path of success,” Ravele said.
The Professional Category was won by Moshibudi Selatole, with Mankolo Lethoko and Lerato Bapela in second and third place. Moshongwa Matsena won in the Corporate Category, with Yolande Nel and Mokgadi Nkwatse in second and third positions. Yolande Botha and Andrie Minnaar jointly won the first prize in the Emerging Entrepreneur Category, with Makgethwa Mphogo in the second position. Bessy Molokomme and Dimakatjo Malapane jointly occupied third position. In the Established Entrepreneur Category Zohra Khan won and Magdeline Paledi and Janiel Lambrechts were second and third respectively. In the Social Entrepreneur Category, the winner was Khensani Phakula of Lwandlanene Care Centre with Flora Malepe of Dilokong Protective Workshop and Lethabo Mathato of Lejoy Foundation in the second and third positions respectively.
These charities received prizes of R5 000, R3 000 and R2 000 respectively sponsored by the Princess Tsakani Foundation. The Special Award for Achievements went to Alice Phatudi, former Chairperson of SA Women in Mining for inter alia, her contribution towards acquiring a BBBEE stake in mining.