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The Businesswomen’s Association (BWA), the women’s networking forum in the Western Cape, has unveiled its shortlist of candidates for the 2009 Regional Business Achiever Awards.

This prestigious annual event honours women who are at the top of their game in the entrepreneurial sphere. The BWA has narrowed the list of finalists down to 11 out of the 63 women nominated. The candidates are from three different categories, namely - emerging, established and social entrepreneurs. This year there were no finalists in the professional and corporate categories.

Businesswomen deserve to be recognised and showcased for their extraordinary achievements,” says BWA National Vice-President Ferose Oaten. “The Regional Business Achiever Awards represent a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the success of women in business.”

The list of 11 candidates include successful businesswomen like Fiona Ross, an established entrepreneur who is the Founder and Director of experiential training company in Cape Town, Learn to Lead; Michelle Pieterson (emerging entrepreneur) - Owner and Manager of Lofted Homestay, a successful B&B in Paarl; and Melanie Burke (social entrepreneur) who is the CEO of MAB and Associates (Pty) Ltd as well as the Senior Programme Director for the independent not-for-profit organisation called Common Purpose SA, an organisation that facilitates experiential learning programmes for the youth of South Africa.

Oaten describes each of the 11 candidates as having excellent prospects of being crowned with the top honour and explains that there will be three winners, one in each of the three categories.

Each candidate has had great accomplishments in their respective careers and was nominated by others who felt they deserved the title, but the ultimate winners, judged by women such as television and radio presenter, Saskia Falken and Director of Executive Education at the UCT Graduate School of Business - Elaine Rumboll, will be those who can really inspire greatness,” says Oaten.

The eight other candidates vying for the top positions are Nizreen Adams (emerging entrepreneur) from BZ Recruitment, Andrea Boehmert from Hasso Platto Ventures, Mariette Hopely from White Shark Ecoventures, Millicent Wolmerans from Premium Consulting and Rowena Hay from Umvoto Africa – each from the established entrepreneurs category as well as Karen Harrison from Indego Consultancy, Iris van Der Poll from Veritas Transcription Services, and Louise Van Ryhn from Symphonia, who all fall into the social entrepreneur category.

The Regional Business Achiever Awards is set to take place at the Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town on the 18 June. “We wish all eleven candidates the best of luck and look forward to announcing the winners very soon,” says Oaten.


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