SA: nominate your Women of the Year!

22 March 2012

Retail group Shoprite is calling on South Africans to nominate exceptional and visionary women from across the country for the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year award.

According to the group, the award aims to identify women who have achieved in their fields with the determination and foresight to make an impact on the future of fellow South Africans.

Launching the award earlier this month, Shoprite Group director Brian Weyers said it was a privilege to see the wealth of achievements the award managed 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," Weyers said. "It is therefore very important for the Shoprite Group to continue to recognise their work."

South Africans who would like to nominate candidates can simply visit their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store to collect entry forms. Those with access to the internet can nominate online at www.womenoftheyear.co.za.

They can also make contact with the award organisers by e-mail on womenoftheyear@shoprite.co.za or by phoning (021) 980 4285 or (021) 980 1570.

Five categories

All South Africans are invited to participate by nominating women in five categories, namely: Health Care-Givers; Educators; Socio-Economic Business Developers; Good Neighbours Against Crime; and Youth Movers.

The winners will be awarded with individual prize money, and the Shoprite Group will also give R100000 towards the work they do for a better future.

The Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award will also 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 R100000 to donate to a cause which the recipient believes will better the lives of South Africans.

The closing date for nominations is Thursday, 26 April. Information on the award will also be published in Huisgenoot, You and Drum from the beginning of March until the winners are announced.

After the nationwide search campaign, the award culminates in a spectacular gala evening at Emperors Palace outside Johannesburg in July to announce the winners. The event will be broadcast on Wednesday, 8 August on DSTV's Mzansi Magic channel.

SAinfo reporter

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The 2011 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year: Brigalia Bam (Lifetime Achiever Award), Shona McDonald (Socio-Economic Business Developers Category), Ednah Molly Zulu (Educators Category), Whitey Basson (CEO: Shoprite), Rosie Mashale (Youth Mover Category), Nobs Mwanda (Good Neighbours Against Crime Category), and Elmi Muller (Health Care-Givers Category) (Photo: Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year)

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