With this competition the main aim remains to identify exceptional and visionary women who have achieved in their own fields with the determination and foresight to make an impact on the future of many fellow South Africans.
Launching the awards, Brian Weyers, Director of the Shoprite Group, said it is a privilege to see and experience the wealth of achievement this award manages to gather year after year.
“The enormous and unselfish contribution of women to South African society is a powerful force that changes the lives and destiny of others. It is therefore very important for the Shoprite Group to continue to recognise their work,” he said.
All South Africans are invited to participate by nominating those women with a vision on the future and who makes our nation proud in five categories, namely: Health Care-Givers, Educators, Socio-Economic Business Developers, Good Neighbours Against Crime and Youth Movers.
The winners will be awarded individual prize-money and the Shoprite Group will also give R100 000 towards the work they do for a better future.
Furthermore the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award will honour an esteemed South African who – during her or his lifetime – has inspired generations. The public will be asked to nominate the Lifetime Achiever who will receive R100 000 to donate to a cause which the recipient believes will better the lives of South Africans.
The closing date for nominations is Thursday, April 26, and South Africans who would like to nominate candidates can simply visit their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store to collect entry forms. Information on the Award will also be published in Huisgenoot, You and Drum from the beginning of March until the winners are announced.
Those with access to the internet can nominate online on the Award’s official website www.womenoftheyear.co.za. They can also make contact with the Award organisers by e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or 021 980 4285 or 021 980 1570
After the nationwide search campaign, the Award culminates in a spectacular gala evening in July at Emperors Palace in Gauteng to announce the winners. This dazzling event will be broadcast during on Wednesday, 8 August on Mzansi Magic, DSTV. The programme will be re-broadcast on the following day on Women’s Day, 09 August.