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BUSINESSWOMEN: Top Cape Town Businesswomen Awarded


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SA COUNCIL For Businesswomen (SACBW) Cape Town announced the category winners of their annual  Businesswomen of the Year competition at a gala event held at the Westin Grand Hotel on 4 August.

After a stringent judging process with criteria including business plans, vision for the future, target market and distribution/marketing plan, legislative compliance, financial soundness and social responsibility the following business women were awarded with trophies sponsored by Willowbridge Lifestyle Centre:

  • Micro-business category: Lizette Olivier - Positics

  • Medium-business category: Cheryl Nesbitt – Capsicum Culinary Studio

  • Corporate category:  Riana Grobler - Old Mutual

  • NPO - Leana Olivier – FARR

  • Para-statal: Elize Coetzee – Parow Preparatory School


Annalies van Rijswijk from SNAP also received a Certificate of Recognition for her contribution in her field.

The SACBW National Businesswoman of the Year competition has been an institution since 1999.  This is the fourth year that the Cape Town branch’s winners will participate in the national competition and the national winner will be announced on 1 September. Christine Taylor, previous winner of the Corporate Category and current chairperson of the Cape Town branch is confident that the Provincial winners are strong candidates for the National Businesswomen of the Year award. “It is a wonderful privilege to honour and acknowledge these phenomenal women, who each within their own right and industry, have made a significant contribution. They have all achieved success in the face of many obstacles and have been able to live out the vision of the SACBW, which is unlocking potential”, states Taylor.

The competition is only open to members of the SACBW and is aimed at acknowledging extraordinary businesswomen who are true professionals and successful entrepreneurs. The competition actively seeks to identify, acknowledge and cultivate entrepreneurial, small business and professional practices in the regions where they contribute to the local economy.

The evening included entertainment by Gitanos Trio and Elsabe Aldrich.

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