The Creme de la Creme of Cape Town Businesswomen

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On Friday, the 24th of May, Cape Town businesswomen came together to celebrate those who have succeeded not only in business but also in making a difference to their communities at the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, Cape Town Branch’s (BWACT) 2013 Regional Business Achiever Awards.

The twelve finalists, ranging from women at start-up level, entrepreneurs, professionals in profitable practises and corporate women at executive level, were nominated by their peers who deemed them “phenomenal businesswomen who are contributing to their communities and helping to grow South Africa’s economy.” After months of adjudication, the winners in the four categories of Entrepreneur, Corporate, Professional and Social Entrepreneur were finally announced.

The award for Entrepreneur, which applauds women who own and run their own profitable businesses, went to Renee Keeble, Managing Director and Co-founder of SA Commercial (Pty) Ltd – one of the leading and best run outsourced contact centres and business-processing operations in South Africa. Keeble quickly built her own successful business and today strives to help both her clients and employees achieve similar success. She says, “What I love most about my field of interest is witnessing the personal and career growth of our people at SA Commercial.” Under her directorship, the company has recently won an industry award for ‘Best Outsource Contact Centre’. The other nominees in the category were Jacki McEwen, Founder and Co-owner of Eclipse Public Relations and Captive8 House of Fashion; Jaqueline Burge, Founder Rarity Handbags CC; and Jennifer Patterson, Managing Director Trans Africa Safaris.

Teri Kruger, Director of Stakeholder Relations for juwi Renewable Energies (Pty) Ltd., won the Corporate award, which recognises women in senior positions that are excelling in the corporate world. Being involved in providing a much-needed, clean and sustainable power supply to South Africa that has the potential to contribute to the country’s economic and socio-economic growth, is what drives Kruger at work. She states, “Issues related to those living in poverty can largely be alleviated by the delivery of clean electricity to every household. Just a decent light source, for instance, will help those keen on furthering their study efforts. To make our world a better place, I believe the key ingredient would be clean, green energy that can be brought to the people, for the people and by the people. With it comes new growth, new opportunity and new skills and education in many and even remote areas.”

Winning the award in the Professional category, which acknowledges those who have obtained a professional qualification in their industry and enjoy the accreditation of a professional body, was Ethel Hamman of Horwath Zeller Karro (HZK) – a long-established audit and accounting firm. Following her traineeship at HZK, Hamman qualified as a Chartered Accountant, registered as an auditor and was made a partner at the firm. Today, in addition to heading up the company’s audit specialist division, she serves as the quality assurance leader and chairs the auditing technical committee. She is also the national quality assurance partner of the Crowe Horwath network in South Africa.

Robyn Hey, Chairperson of the BWACT, says, “These leading South African businesswomen thoroughly deserve the recognition that they have received. The winners and finalists are at the pinnacles of their careers. They are lifting as they rise and are taking other women forward with them. As members of the Businesswomen’s Association we are confident that all of them will continue to inspire and empower other businesswomen to achieve and succeed.”

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