CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (16 October 2020) – The winners of the annual Santam Women of the Future Awards in association with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE were announced at an exclusive business luncheon emceed by Doreen Morris at Atlantic Studios, and broadcast via livestream.

The three winners were selected from a shortlist of nine finalists by a distinguished panel of judges: Professor Thuli Madonsela, Chair for Social Justice at Stellenbosch University, founder of the Social Justice M-Plan and the Thuma Foundation; Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam Enid Lizamore; social entrepreneur Dawn Nathan-Jones; radio and TV presenter, author, producer and facilitator Redi Tlhabi; FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha; and former TRUELOVE editor Mbali Soga.

Carolyn Hancock of Angels’ Care Centre, Thembelihle School and The DNA Project is the 2020 Santam Social Entrepreneur (awarded to a female entrepreneur who is making a real difference in her community). Angels’ Care Centre is a space to care for kids who come from extreme poverty in informal settlements, while the Thembelihle School provides multicultural education to children from Grade RRR to Grade 7. The DNA Project is working on passing legislation to ensure that DNA evidence can be collected legally at crime scenes and from suspects

Dr. Mmamontsheng ‘Dulcy’ Rakumakoe of Quadcare Occupational Health has been named the 2020 Santam Woman of the Future (awarded to a female entrepreneur who survived the first 1 000 days of business and who is on her way to creating an empire). Quadcare Occupational Health is a network of medical centres in low- to middle-income communities in Gauteng.

Welile Gumede of Azowel Projects has been named the 2020 Santam Rising Star (awarded to a female whose business is still within its first 1 000 days, but who judges believe will flourish way beyond then). Azowel Projects is an enterprise that empowers youth and women, and focuses on developing unused and neglected farming spaces in the Ilembe region of KwaZulu-Natal.

Luella Naidoo of Jezriel Craig Holdings has been named the 2020 Santam Readers´ Choice winner.

Thank you to Santam (headline sponsor), Lulalend (co-sponsor), Boschendal (wine sponsor) and all the prize sponsors involved.