The judges for the 35th Businesswoman of the Year Awards have been selected.
"We selected judges who have excelled and distinguished themselves in their areas of expertise, women who demonstrate strong leadership principals," says Liepollo Lebohang Pheko, president of Businesswomen's Association of South Africa (BWASA). "Furthermore, they understand the ethos of the awards."
The BWA board notes with regret that the category for women entrepreneurs did not have any qualifying nominees. "It is unfortunate that this year our entrants for the entrepreneur category did not meet our criteria. As we celebrate 20 years of democracy, this highlights that there is still much to be done to support women-owned business."
Anabel Vieira, a partner at Grant Thornton Pretoria and member of various boards and audit committees, will audit the corporate category. She has been involved in overseeing the judging process in electing the Businesswoman of the Year for a number of years. This category will be judged by:
Brenda Kali, director and co-founder of the Centre for Executive Renewal
Cristina Teixeira, chief financial officer of Group Five
Dawn Mokhobo, chairman of Wesizwe Platinum
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair
Prof Shirley Zinn, owner of Shirley Zinn Consulting
Ntokozo Mojapelo and Philippa Symington will audit the government category. This category will be judged by:
Ntombekhaya Qamata, senior manager: Centre of Excellence for the Road Accident Fund
Nana Magomola, executive director of SA Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF)
Paula Fray, MD of Frayintermedia
Dr Thandi Ndlovu, founder and executive chairman of Motheo Construction