FAIRLADY and Santam are looking for SA’s 2019 Women of the Future: Three amazing women who took the leap to work for themselves and are now creating the opportunity for others and boosting the SA economy.

Every issue of FAIRLADY features entrepreneurs who have taken that brave step to break out on their own. We believe in women, and we believe in women doing business!

We’d love you to enter yourself, or someone else, for this competition; it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Three remarkable entrepreneurs will be awarded great prizes. The three winners can each select one of the judges to mentor them for a time. So what does it take?

There are 3 categories:

The FAIRLADY Santam Woman of the Future Title

Is awarded to an entrepreneur aged 30 or older whose business is older than 1000 days and who is on her way to creating an empire.

The FAIRLADY Santam Rising Star Title

Is awarded to an entrepreneur between 16 and 30 years old an still within her first 1000 days, but whose business, our judges believe, will flourish way beyond them.

The FAIRLADY Social Entrepreneur Title

Is awarded to an entrepreneur making a real difference in her community. Aged 30 or older, her business has survived the first 1000 days.

The prizes awarded to the winners

  • R80 000 cash to the Woman of the Future
  • R50 000 cash to the Rising Star and Social Entrepreneur
  • An hour’s invaluable mentorship with any of our judges
  • A short course from IMM Graduate School worth R15 000
  • A Biz Bailhandle and Spinner from Samsonite worth R7 298
  • A ladies watch from Obaku worth R2 000
  • A media training session

These women both turned bright ideas
into sustainable businesses, and we are so inspired by them.

2018 Winners

Patricia Schroder

Woman of the Future

Reclite South Africa

‘Winning the FAIRLADY Woman of the Future award proved to me that the work my team and I are doing is being recognised and celebrated. It is so fulfilling to know that people appreciate the positive impact that can be realised by caring for our planet. Winning this has also inspired other women in my network to follow their own passion to make a difference!’

Vere Shaba

Risting Star

Shaba and Ramplin Green Building Solutions

‘I am so grateful to have won the 2018 FAIRLADY Santam Rising Star award. As a young woman in business it was an honour to be celebrated for the work that we are doing in green buildings. The prize money was used to invest in a green buildings platform which we are launching across the continent. The support and encouragement I received from the judges has been incredible.’

Lindiwe Matlali

Social Entrepreneur

Africa Teen Geeks

‘Winning the FAIRLADY Santam Women of The Future Social Entrepreneur Award introduced my work and Africa Teen Geeks to a new audience and contacts I wouldn’t have met otherwise. They’ve become my advisors and supporters. I am proud to have the FAIRLADY Santam Women Of The Future Social Entrepreneur award on my profile.’

We can’t wait to hear all about your business!