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POPULAR GLOSSY MAGAZINE FAIRLADY, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SANTAM, LAUNCHES ITS FAIRLADY WOMEN OF THE FUTURE AWARDS – ENTRIES NOW OPEN, WITH TOP PRIZES TO BE WON.

FAIRLADY MAGAZINE’S SEARCH IS ON TO IDENTIFY SOUTH AFRICAN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS WHO ARE SET TO BE THE WOMEN OF THE FUTURE IN BUSINESS.

FAIRLADY is looking for South African female entrepreneurs who have created successful businesses for themselves that also create opportunities for others, in the first annual FAIRLADY Women of the Future search.

Entries are now open for the competition, run in partnership with Santam, where two category winners will be announced: the FAIRLADY Woman of the Future 2015 and the FAIRLADY Rising Star 2015.

FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha says: ‘To celebrate FAIRLADY’s 50th birthday we decided to celebrate women the best way we can think of. We believe in women, and we believe in women in business. We know that the economy of South Africa depends on us creating successful businesses. So what better way than to recognise women who are changing the world,one great idea at a time, than with this initiative?’

The FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2015 award will go to an entrepreneur, 25 years or older, whose business has survived its first 1001 days (basically, the first three years) and who is well on her way to creating an empire. Prizes include R50 000 cash, a R7 500 online shopping voucher from spree.co.za, an invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, a GALAXY Note 4 and GALAXY Tab S from Samsung, a Buren ladies watch and fragrance hamper from S Bacher & Company and a R5 000 part-time Damelin bursary.

Donald Kau, head of corporate affairs at the title sponsor, Santam, explains: ‘Santam understands the challenges new business owners face and the first 1000 days for any enterprise are known to be the most challenging, making for a mixture of bad and good days. This partnership with the FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2015 award will showcase entrepreneurs who have reached this milestone and allow them to share their experiences and advice with new entrepreneurs.

The FAIRLADY Rising Star 2015 award will, in turn, go to an entrepreneur aged between 16 and 25, whose business is older than six months but still, obviously, within the first 1 001 days of business. Prizes include R20 000 cash, a R7 500 online shopping voucher from spree.co.za, an invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges, GALAXY Note 4 and GALAXY Tab S from Samsung, a Buren ladies watch and fragrance hamper from S Bacher & Company and a R5 000 part-time Damelin bursary.

FAIRLADY is all about the future of South Africa, which is why we identified the second award for young entrepreneurs whose businesses, our judges believe, will flourish way beyond the first challenging years,” says Brokensha.

Judges for the FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2015 include Public Protector Thuli Madonsela; author and former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, Zelda la Grange; Santam executive head of Brand, Yegs Ramiah; television presenter, MC and businesswoman, Gerry Rantseli Elsdon; and FAIRLADY editor, Suzy Brokensha.

Only female residents of South Africa are allowed to enter the FAIRLADY Women of the Future 2015 awards in partnership with Santam. Entry forms and terms & conditions are available at www.womenofthefuture.co.za

Entries close on 15 June 2015 and finalists will be notified during July 2015. A prestigious awards ceremony will be held in Johannesburg in August 2015.

For full details, get the latest issue of FAIRLADY magazine, on sale now!

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