18 in line for BWA honour

Sandile Mchunu

EIGHTEEN of Nelson Mandela Bay’s top businesswomen will vie for top honours at the Port Elizabeth Business Women’s Association (BWA) Regional Business Achievers Awards, to be held next month.

The awards are scheduled to take place on June 11 at the Boardwalk Convention Centre.

BWA branch coordinator Samantha Bowers said more than 90 businesswomen had been nominated by members of the community.

These had been whittled down to three in each of the four categories by a panel of independent judges from various sectors of business and industry in the region.

“People nominate individuals who they think deserve to be honoured for their outstanding work in their chosen fields.

“In addition each nominee had to submit audited financial statements before they were considered for nominations,” Bowers said

The nomination process began in the beginning of February and closed at the end of April. The BWA awards programme has been running since 1980 and was extended to the city 13 years ago when the BWA Port Elizabeth branch was opened.

The finalists in the six categories are:

Emerging Entrepreneur

Erna Basson, the owner of Pink Brand Management: “The company builds or enhances other companies’ brands.”

Graziella Ventresca Norton, the owner of Icommunic8: “We offer total support and a commitment to communicate ideas in a strategic, creative and cost-effective manner to provide a cost-effective marketing and public relations plan.”

Sandra Vye, the owner of Canine Cafe, started the business in 2011

Social Entrepreneur

Philippa Fabbri, of Elsen Academy: “The academy is a school that caters specifically for children with learning disabilities.”

Rene Cronje, assistant chief executive officer of Shepherds Field Kibbutz: “The centre caters for the treatment of male patients from the age of 18 and older for substance abuse problem. The kibbutz functions as a rehabilitation centre.”

Laura Henderson, co-founder of Greencycle: “Greencycle is a non-profit organisation which provides a convenient and inexpensive recycling collection service to homes and businesses in Port Elizabeth.”


Jewellery designer Jenni Gault of Jenni Collections. She is the owner and she has been a jewellery designer for 29 years

Laetitia Ferreira of Loerie Processed Veg: “We are a supplier of whole and processed fruit and vegetables to the hospitality and catering industry.”

Sarah Dirsuwei is the co-owner and manager of The Plantation: “The company operates in the hospitality industry. It provides venues for weddings, accommodation and functions.”


Di-Anne Qoto, director at BLC Attorneys

Camia Geldenhuys, a director at Daniel Saks law firm

Anusha Naidu, owner of Vision Mart Optometrists


Jackie Palframan, a senior lecturer and head of department at NMMU. She is head of financial planning programmes at the Department of Business Management

Kim Elliot, the senior manager in leadership and training development at NMMU

Dr Florentina Ureche, of Dora Nginza Hospital: “My objective is to offer the best comprehensive medical care to vulnerable children in Dora Nginza, especially to those suffering from life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”


Buli Ngomane, general manager: corporate affairs at Access Facilities and Leisure

Lisa Hundleby dealer principal at VW Market Square in Uitenhage

Yolanda Horne, a recruitment officer at Sanlam

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