Meet our 2021 Winners

The winners of the seventh annual Santam Women of the Future Awards in association with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE were announced on 15 October 2021 at an exclusive event held at Atlantic Studios and broadcast via livestream to the public. The awards were emceed by Doreen Morris.

Cara Saven of Cara Saven Wall Design is the 2021 Santam Woman of the Future (awarded to a female entrepreneur who has survived the first 1 000 days of business and is on her way to creating an empire). Cara Saven Wall Design is a décor company that designs, curates and produces large-format wallpaper for residential, commercial and hospitality properties. The company has a foothold in the US, Netherlands, Dubai and Australia. Cara has gone on to produce and install wall art in some of the finest hotels, homes and corporate spaces locally and abroad. ‘Winning the Woman of the Future title makes the years of hard work, and juggling being a mother and an entrepreneur all worth it,’ she says. Cara hopes that in three years’ time, Cara Saven Wall Design will have made its mark in 20 regions around the world.

Zandile Mkwanazi of GirlCode is the 2021 Santam Social Entrepreneur (awarded to a female entrepreneur who is making a real difference in her community). GirlCode is a social enterprise that aims to get more women into the tech industry, and facilitates the advancement of their skills through various training and outreach programmes. The company has taught and reached more than 62 000 young South African girls to date. ‘Winning the Santam Social Entrepreneur award affirms the hard work I have put into GirlCode, but I know there’s still a long way to go to close the gender digital divide in South Africa,’ says Zandile, who hopes to teach 10 million girls how to code in the space of 10 years.

Dr Peta-Anne Browne of Wardworx is the 2021 Santam Rising Star (awarded to a young female entrepreneur whose business is still within its first 1 000 days, but which the judges believe will flourish way beyond then). Launched in January 2020, Wardworx is a task management app that securely stores patient information, including ward and bed locations, so that doctors can collaborate on patient care. Winning the Santam Rising Star Award is the encouragement and validation that she needed to keep pushing herself, says Peta-Anne. ‘Being an entrepreneur has its ups and downs. Quite often doubt can set in, but this award is a perfect reminder to female founders that we are on the right track and have something truly special to offer.’ Her dream is for Wardworx to become the first of many youth-led solutions.

The Santam Readers’ Choice Award, voted for by the public, goes to Vumile Msweli of Hesed Consulting, a career coaching firm for individuals and enterprises, with coaches in South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda, Botswana and the US.

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There are 3 categories:

The 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 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 then.

The Santam 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

  • R100 000 in cash to the Woman of the Future
  • R60 000 in cash each to the Rising Star and the Social Entrepreneur
  • A full-page advertisement in FAIRLADY or TRUELOVE to promote the Business, Social Enterprise or NPO
  • An hour’s invaluable mentorship with one of our judges
  • A one-year supply of African Extracts Rooibos skincare products, worth R3 500
  • A Digital Transformation Strategy online short course from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, in collaboration with GetSmarter, a 2U, Inc. brand., valued at R11 900
  • Leather accessories, worth R5 000, from Zemp
  • Business printing, worth R5 000, from Lithotech
  • A women’s branded watch, worth R6 599, from American Swiss Fine Jewellers
  • A Samsonite Prodigy Spinner Expandable 55 cm carry-on, worth R5 000

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

2021 Winners

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