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SA Women in Property Awards - Gauteng Regional Celebration

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With the Regional winners in Cape Town and KZN having been announced over the last two weeks, the Women’s Property Network (WPN) completed the final leg of the Regional Awards at a glamourous event held in Johannesburg last night. 

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Partnering with the WPN are dedicated sponsors Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Tsogo Sun. The event was held at Tsogo Sun’s 54 on Bath Hotel in Rosebank.

“It is fantastic to be able to recognize and celebrate women in the property sector that have impacted, inspired, influenced and changed the face of the industry for 2016 in an exceptional way. The caliber of women we have seen over the last few weeks through the adjudication process signifies the remarkable impact women have made, in what has been a predominant male environment. The awards are further celebrated over the symbolic month of August, Women’s month” says Genevieve Naidoo, WPN Chairlady and Head of Credit for Real Estate at CIB, Standard Bank

The Gauteng regional awards are adjudicated by a panel of judges representing a range of industry disciplines. The Gauteng judges included:

Bronwyn Corbett- CFO, Mara Delta Property Holdings and previous winner of Excellence in the Property Sector Award 2015

Zola Malinga – Founder & Executive Director, Jade Capital Investments, and previous winner of the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year awards

Genevieve Naidoo – Head of Real Estate Finance Credit, Standard Bank CIB, and WPN Chair

Women in Gauteng were recognized and acknowledged for the remarkable impression they have made on the industry.

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YOUNG ACHIEVER AWARD (under 35 years old)

Hulisani Madala

Jackline Okeyo – Business Development & Operations, Nthwese Developments

Christy Hobson – Legal Manager, AttAfrica

Marianka Victor – Managing Director, Finlay Mall Leasing (Pty) Ltd

Thenjiwe Zondi – Centre Manager, JHI

Chele Moyo – Vice President – CPF Research & Business Development, Barclays Africa Group

Alet van Rensburg – Associate Director, Pentad Quantity Surveyors

The Gauteng regional winner for this category is:  Marianka Victor

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – ENTREPRENEUR AWARD

Vatiswa Mjiba – Managing Director, VMQ Property Services

Fundi Mazibuko – Director Marketing & Business Development, FullServe

Khululwa Muthwa – Director, KHB Consulting

Bongiwe Baleni – Director, Growth Circle Construction

Monalisa Sam – Founding Managing Director, Tungwa Retail Holdings

The Gauteng regional winner for this category is:  Monalisa Sam

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: CORPORATE / PRIVATE SECTOR AWARD

Danisa Shetlele – National Leasing Manager, Mowana Properties

Lebogang Shole – Executive Head Facilities & Real Estate, Vodacom

Madeleine Truter – Legal Counsel, Pivotal Fund

Nthabiseng Ramoipane – Finanacial Director, Dijalo Property Services

Reyhana Satar – Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

Noluthando Moloa – Associate Director, Turner & Townsend

Riane Booysen – Associate Director, RLB Pentad

Rakhi Nundkoomar, CFO, Pareto

Cindy Marais – Director Commercial, JHI

Lee-Anne Bac – Director, Grant Thornton

Jess Cleland – Divisional Head Strategy & Consulting Business Unit, Broll

The regional finalists for this category are:  Madeleine Truter and 

Noluthando Moloa.

PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR: PUBLIC SECTOR AWARD

Mmamaloko Seabe – General Manager Real Estate, Eskom

Tshepiso Raletsemo – CEO, Gauteng Deprtament of Infrastructure Development

Helen Botes – CEO, City Of Johannesburg Agency

The regional winner in this category is:  Helen Botes

All the Regional winners now go into a judging process, where winners will be announced at a glamourous gala event to be held on the 26th of October 2016. 

Genevieve Naidoo, says “We are proud to be able to roll out the event, not just in Gauteng, but in other regions - KZN and the Western Cape. Through our dedicated sponsors, we were able to create the platform to recognize women nationally.”

“The caliber of women that have been nominated prove to the industry that we not only have worked hard to achieve success, whilst balancing a career and family, but we earn our rightful place within the sector ” says Sandi Mbutuma Vice Chair of WPN. 

This is the first year that we have seen in excess of 50 women being recognized countrywide. This bears testament to the incredible women who are driving change within a predominantly male industry.  This is an especially significant appreciation and tribute to women as the country celebrates a month of recognizing women.

Added to recognizing women making strides in the sector, October’s gala dinner will act as a fundraiser, with table sales raising funds to support the WPN Educational Trust’s bursary scheme into 2017 and beyond. Backed by the WPN Educational Trust’s financial support, the WPN has awarded 54 bursaries to previously disadvantaged female students since 2008, with ten bursaries for property-related degrees or diploma’s being awarded in 2016. 

Ms Naidoo, a RICS board member and former WPN Rising Star Award Winner - says that educational and mentorship initiatives are core to WPN’s drive to spur demographic change across the property sector. Further, this demographic change isn’t just necessary for change sake. As the World Economic Forum finds, companies including women at top leadership levels tend to outperform those that don’t.  Moreover, in South Africa’s current context, deepening economic engagement of women as half of the country’s labour resource, talent and idea-set is vital to lifting the long-term socio-economic outlook.  

 

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