FAIRLADY and Santam are once again calling for three amazing women who have taken the leap to work for themselves and are now creating opportunities for others - and boosting our economy!

The Women of The Year is now its fourth running and aims to honour more women who are impacting South Africa positively.

FAIRLADY editor, Suzy Brokensha explains, "South African women are such an impressive bunch – each year I’m blown away by what our entrants have achieved, and not only in “traditional” female businesses like design and PR. They’ve done everything – from starting giant construction firms to filling transport gaps with innovative ideas and a whole host of other genius businesses along the way. They are amazing."

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If you want stand a chance to be this year's honourary , apply for one of the following categories:

The FAIRLADY Santam Woman of the Future award:

The award goes to an entrepreneur, 30 years or older who has overcome the challenges of the first three years as an entrepreneur and made it beyond in business.

Prizes to lookout for:

  • R 50 000 cash
  • An invaluable  mentorship session with one of the judges
  • An Issey Miyake fragrance hamper worth R 6 990
  • An IMM Graduate School short course worth R 15 000
  • A Michel Herbelin watch worth R 10 500
  • A Karissa Biz Bailhandle and Spinner from Samsontie worth R 7 298
  • A Madrid ladies handbag and purse from Jekyll & Hyde valued at R 4 799
  • A Cross pen worth R 2 500
  • One media training session

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The FAIRLADY Santam Rising Star award:

The award goes to an entrepreneur between the ages of 16 and 30 whose business is older than six months but still within its first 1000 days of business.

Prizes to lookout for:

  • R 20 000 cash
  • An invaluable  mentorship session with one of the judges
  • An IMM Graduate School short course worth R 15 000
  • A Michel Herbelin watch worth R 10 500
  • A Karissa Biz Bailhandle and Spinner from Samsontie worth R 7 298
  • A Madrid ladies handbag and purse from Jekyll & Hyde valued at R 4 799
  • A Cross pen worth R 2 500
  • One media training session

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The FAIRLADY Santam Social Entrepreneur award:

The award goes to an entrepreneur whose business is making a difference in her community. She must be 30 years or older, and her business must have its first 1000 days in business.

Prizes to lookout for:

  • R 20 000 cash
  • An invaluable  mentorship session with one of the judges
  • An IMM Graduate School short course worth R 15 000
  • A Michel Herbelin watch worth R 10 500
  • A Karissa Biz Bailhandle and Spinner from Samsontie worth R 7 298
  • A Madrid ladies handbag and purse from Jekyll & Hyde valued at R 4 799
  • A Cross pen worth R 2 500
  • One media training session

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Entry forms and terms & conditions are available on www.womenofthefuture.co.za
Entries close on 8 June 2018.

The general public can now nominate a female entrepreneur for entry into the Woman of the Future, 
Rising Star or Social Entrepreneur Awards. Nomination forms can be found here.

For full details, get the latest issue of FAIRLADY magazine.