Ms Janet Buckland, Woman of the year 2008

Ms Janet Buckland or simply known as Mama J to the communities in the Eastern Cape has been responsible for the initiation and creation of a significant number of very successful arts and culture projects in the province.

She combined her understanding of the value of the arts and particularly theatre in the lives of all South Africans with her skills as a performer, director, fund raiser and administrator to direct these projects over a number of years in the Eastern Cape.

The most notably project is UBOM! the Eastern Cape Drama Company, which was the first full time professional drama company in the province. It brings theatre presentations and drama workshops to literally thousands of people in schools and communities all over the Eastern Cape.

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Category Winners

Business Entrepreneurs Category

Ms Thabang Molefi is an Ethno medical practitioner and beauty therapist who opened the first health spa in Soweto six years ago. Today she owns the The Roots Healthcare Centre business with a multi-million turnover and branches in three South African provinces and a neighbouring country. Her health centres introduced affordable health care to black communities through the use of effective technique of iridology for diagnosis and herbs as prescribed medicine. More about Thabang


Education Category

Ms Roslyn Narain-Mohan is a teacher at the New West Secondary School in Durban who can truly be seen as the Mother Theresa of her community where she has looked at the scourge of virtually every social injustice that have affected them and have launched campaign after campaign to make a difference. More about Roslyn



Health Category

Prof Lorna Barbara Jacklin has dedicated her life and in particular her medical career to improving the lives of children with mental health problems caused by physical disabilities or abuse. She has acted as an Ombudsman for these children who do not fit into mainline education and struggle to fulfil their potential as they are misunderstood, misdiagnosed and mistreated. More about Lorna


Science and Technology Category

Prof Claire Penn who was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe - Silver by Pres Thabo Mbeki at the end of last year is an internationally acknowledged scientist and academic who has proved that women can reach the pinnacle of academic excellence and match their male colleagues in conducting high-level scientific research. She received the Order of Mapungubwe for her contribution to the field of speech and language pathology, especially in the areas of linguistics, sign language, child language, and aphasia as well as for her groundbreaking research in understanding the complexities of human communication. More about Claire

Social Welfare Category

Dr Veni Naidu gave up a high powered and lucrative career in the corporate world ten years ago to make a real and meaningful contribution in the world of development in the hope of becoming part of a solution for a better South Africa. She enriched her education with the focus on development and was received a doctorate in researching the potential impact of HIV and AIDS on business, families and on the communities in which they live.
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Sport Category

Prof Sherylle Calder is a visual performance skills coach and world authority on the subject who has the distinction of having received back-to-back World Cup winners’ medals after coaching skills to both the triumphant Springboks last year and the 2003 English World Cup winners. As the only person in the world who has achieved this and with a PHD degree in visual performance training she is a pioneer in this field and has created an exciting new sport science that is sought-after by international sporting champions and coaches. More about Sherylle





Finalists Announced!

Three finalists have been announced in each of the five categories of the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award.

Judges Announced

The names of the judges who will select this year's Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year, have been announced.

Women of the Year success stories

As the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award enters its judging phase, the winners of 2011 tell of how they are utilizing the prize money received from the Shoprite Group of Companies, to enhance their work and build a better future for the people of South Africa.

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