FAIRLADY magazine announced the winners of the annual FAIRLADY Santam Women of the Future Awards at an exclusive VIP luncheon MC’d by businesswoman and Women of the Future judge, Johanna Mukoki, at Summer Place, in Hyde Park on Friday 16 August 2019.

The three winners were selected from a shortlist of nine finalists by a panel of South African adjudicators – FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha, Trust Chair for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and founder of the Social Justice M-Plan and the ThuMa Foundation, Professor Thuli Madonsela; executive head of Human Resources at Santam, Enid Lizamore; social entrepreneur Dawn Nathan-Jones; entrepreneur and philanthropist Johanna Mukoki and media entrepreneur & international speaker, Jo-Ann Strauss.

Through an independent survey, Santam found that the first 1000 days of a business are the hardest. If you’re still in business by day 1001, they’ve found, you’re likely to succeed long term. These incredible dynamic women have either already surpassed that critical point, or are well on the way to doing so!

Over the past five years we have had the honour of encountering phenomenal women who are making a big impact in their communities.  It has been a privilege to be part of their entrepreneurial journeys by giving them the platform to be acknowledged for the great work they are doing.  We are committed to supporting initiatives such as this in order to ensure that the generations to follow continue with the legacy of these women.” said Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, Chief Marketing Officer at Santam

There 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 and 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 Karissa business bag & Spinner from Samsonite worth R7 298
  • A ladies watch from Obaku worth R2 195
  • A luxury beauty hamper from Clarins
  • A Superbalist voucher worth R1 000
  • A pamper session from Camelot Spa
  • A media training session

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

2019 Winners

Phillipa Geard

Woman of the Future


‘Winning the Woman of the Future Award is the acknowledgement that my team and I are making a difference in the lives of thousands of women by creating employment opportunities.’

Nondumiso Sibaya

Rising Star


‘Winning the Rising Star Award means recognition of the work I am doing in the community, and it will enable me to buy the tech I need to automate the business.’

Renshia Manuel

Social Entrepreneur


‘I am planning to use the prize money to take GrowBox`s flat-pack product range to market and to increase production at the nursery in order to impact more households.’

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