Busi­ness­woman of the Year Awards fi­nal­ists an­nounced

CityPress - - News - AVANTIKA SEETH avantika.seeth@city­press.co.za

The Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion of SA’s 2017 Busi­ness­woman of the Year Awards or­gan­is­ers an­nounced the 13 fi­nal­ists at a lun­cheon held at the new Sa­sol head of­fice in Sand­ton on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

The 2015 Busi­ness­woman of the Year in the gov­ern­ment cat­e­gory, Tem­bela Kulu, said: “We should not be mod­est. When we in­tro­duce each other as women, we must do it boldly.”

This year’s win­ning cat­e­gories will recog­nise par­tic­i­pants in­volved in so­cial en­trepreneur­ship, the cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and en­trepreneur­ship on Septem­ber 6 at the Sand­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The non­profit’s pres­i­dent, Farzanah Mall, said this year’s theme – Women with No Fil­ter – was cho­sen to help fo­cus the spot­light on women’s “in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal light”. “It doesn’t mat­ter who we are or where we come from, we all have this light that shines through us, and this is what we need to fo­cus on as women,” she said.

Ital­ian artist Fabi­ana Viz­zani Reis donated a paint­ing re­flect­ing the fem­i­nin­ity, power and light of women, which will be auc­tioned on the night of the awards.

“We are hop­ing to get in some of­fers be­fore the night of the awards, so please spread the word,” Mall said, while guests tucked into a classy buf­fet-style lunch of sweet po­tato bake, cur­ried fish pie and sir­loin steaks, with a fresh green salad and stir-fried veg­eta­bles.

The de­lec­ta­ble of­fer­ing of desserts in­cluded rasp­berry tartlets, mini car­rot cakes and chocolate brown­ies to sweeten the palate.

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