Connecting women around the country

With seven regions spread across South Africa, the Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) focuses on connecting, empowering and inspiring women wherever they are.

Regional Business Achievers Awards

The Regional Business Achievers Awards (RBAA) are a set of annual events aimed at celebrating the success of women in each BWA branch. With up to six categories (including emerging entrepreneur, entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, professional, corporate and government), the awards actively seek to identify, acknowledge and cultivate entrepreneurs, corporate and professional women leaders in the various regions. While nominees might not meet the requirements for the Businesswomen of the Year Awards (BWOYA) in terms of nominees’ budget expenditure control, the RBAA have afforded them an opportunity for recognition since 2001.


Port Elizabeth

On 14th June 2016 BWA Port Elizabeth announced the 2016 Regional Business Achiever Awards Winners in 6 categories at a Gala Dinner held at The Boardwalk Convention Centre with 500 guests in attendance.

Congratulations to the following:

  • Emerging Entrepreneur: Lana Field - Epic Work and Travel
  • Entrepreneur: Elana van Rooyen - Continental Butchery and Deli
  • Social Entrepreneur: Berenice Rose - Unity in Africa Foundation
  • Corporate: Candice Parker -Nashua PE
  • Professional: Pumeza Bono - Pumeza Bono Attorneys Inc.
  • Government: Prof. Elmarie Venter - NMMU
Left to Right: Candice Parker, Elana van Rooyen, Lana Field, Pumeza Bono, Berenice Rose, Prof. Elmarie Venter



Attended by hundreds of business women, KZN business leaders and government dignitaries, the awards in five categories were announced at a glitzy gala dinner. Samantha Worthington, Head of Customer Lock In at The Unlimited won the corporate category; Stella Khumalo, Chief Executive Officer at UShaka Marine World, claimed the government category and Dr. Raeesa Aboobaker, owner of Dr. Bakers Weight Loss & Health Clinic won in the Emerging Entrepreneur category. Samantha Worthington shared her excitement of receiving her award, “It was the most unforgettable evening, and I must express my heartfelt gratitude to BWA for this experience. It was incredible!”

Patricia Moodley, owner of GlobaCon, and Carla Geyser, founder and trustee manager of Blue Sky Society Trust, secured the entrepreneur and social entrepreneur categories respectively. Moodley shared, “I want to take a moment to extend my most sincere gratitude that I was selected as the recipient of the Entrepreneur Award 2016. Thank you so much to BWASA Durban for bringing me one step closer in fulfilling my business goals of increasing GlobaCon’s footprint in the market. “

The RBAA also took the time to honour a business that is striving to empower women in their ranks, right down to grass root level, by introducing the BWASA Honorary Award to NPC a member of Intercement. It recently partnered with BWASA Durban, to host a skills development programme for the women in the company. Mpume Langa, Chairperson for the BWASA Durban branch shared, "It’s important that we acknowledge companies that are willing to be bold and are making a concerted effort towards empowering the women in their teams to embrace and step into their power”.

BWASA Durban had the privilege of honouring VP of HR for Unilever Africa, Antoinette Irvine, with a BWASA Patron Award. Antoinette has supported both branch and national efforts through channeled sponsorship, active engagement on panel discussions and as a meaningful contributor to the BWASA’s efforts to drive the gender empowerment dialogue. "It is always important to host these awards as they provide us, as the BWASA, with the opportunity to reflect and showcase to the business community the strides we are making as an organisation in women leading within KwaZulu Natal." Langa added.


Cape Town



Zululand held a prestigious awards evening on the 21st July 2016 at the The Dome, Umfolozi Convention Centre, Empangeni.
Our winners for 2017 were (from left to right )
Andile Mtshali from Kloppers Inc - winner in professional category
Panaso Ndlela from Transnet – winner in the corporate category
Phumzile Lembede from Emvelo Consultants – winner in the Emerging entrepreneur category
Thank you to our amazing guest speaker Nosipho Damasane who always leaves one inspired to dream big.


East London

Over the last 14 years the East London BWA branch has recognised business leaders through the annual Regional Business Achiever Awards (RBAA)

From left to right
Chairperson – Deidre Nxumalo Freeman
Winner (Corporate category) – Pralene Mahibir
Winner (Women in Government category) – Prof. Eunice Seekoe
Winner (Social Entrepreneur) – Rene Wienekus
Winner (Entrepreneur category) – Marissa Nel
Winner (Emerging entrepreneur category) – Estie Gane
Winner (Professional category) – Mmabatho Ndwandwe



The Limpopo RBAA event took place on 31 July 2015 at Meropa Casino & Entertainment World. The winners were Yolande Botha and Adrie Minnaar of Sjiek Shack Décor (emerging entrepreneur); Zohra Khan, founder of ZK Developers (entrepreneur); Moshongwa Matsena, Thobela FM Station Manager (corporate); forensic pathologist Moshibudi Selatole (professional); and Getrude Phakula of Lwandlenene Care Centre (social entrepreneur). Alice Phatudi was honoured with a special award for her contribution towards women business development in acquiring a B-BBEE stake in mining.



The Gauteng RBAA event was held on 11 August 2015. The social entrepreneur category was won by Lesley Ann Van Selm, Managing Director of Khulisa Social, and the government category by Charlene Kearabetswe Louw, General Manager: Legal, Compliance and Regulation at the Road Accident Fund. Elna Smit, co-founder of Columinate, a specialist digital marketing research agency, won the entrepreneur category and Nisha Maharaj, Managing Director of Niche Integrated Solutions, scooped the emerging entrepreneur award. The professional category was won by Natalie Lubbe, founder of Natalie Lubbe & Associates Inc.

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