Intellectual power will drive South Africa’s future

10 April 2012

Encouraging entry in the in the Socio-Economic Business Developers category of the 2012 Shoprite Women of the Year this week Ms Phuti Mahanyele (photo), CEO of the Shanduka Group said South Africa’s growth in the future will not be dependent on the country’s natural resources, but on the intellectual power of it’s people.

She added: “Our ability to find solutions to increasing demand in the face of declining capacity. Against this background, our greatest opportunity lies in our ability to unlock the inherent value that lies in our youth population.”

A considerable number of nominations have already been received since the 2012 Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award was launched at the beginning of March 2012.

The main aim of the Award is to identify exceptional and visionary women who have achieved in their own fields with the determination and foresight to make an impact on the future of many fellow South Africans has been received.

All South Africans have been invited to participate by nominating those women with a vision on the future and who makes our nation proud 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 R100 000 towards the work they do for a better future.

Furthermore the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year Award will honour an esteemed South African whom during her or his lifetime has inspired generations.

The public will be asked to nominate the Lifetime Achiever who will receive R100 000 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 2012 and South Africans who would like to nominate candidates can simply visit their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store to collect entry forms. Information on the Award will also be published in Huisgenoot, You and Drum from the beginning of March until the winners are announced.

Those with access to the internet can nominate online on the Award’s official website They can also make contact with the Award organisers by e-mail on  or 021 980 4285 or 021 980 1570.

After the nationwide search campaign, the Award culminates in a spectacular gala evening in July 2012 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng to announce the winners. This dazzling event will be broadcast during on Wednesday, 8 August 2012 on Mzansi Magic, DSTV. The programme will be re-broadcast on the following day on Women’s Day, 09 August 2012.



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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