The African Women Association (AWA) is set to host and honour prominent South African women after receiving nominations for the 2016 African Women Awards.
The 2016 African women awards organized by the African Women Association (AWA) was founded to change the perception of the African continent and expose African women to the possibilities within their own environment and community.
The 2016 African Women Awards which is set to take place on 3 December, in Harare, Zimbabwe will have nominees for the 2016 Awards fall under three categories;
- Business and Enterprise
- Entertainment and Arts
- Community and Politics.
Interestingly, South African women were among those nominated for some of these categories. The SA women with nominees in this year’s Business and Enterprise category are Pearl Kupe (Living Legacy Awards), Farah Fortune, Lynette Magasa, and Koo Govender (Industry Excellence Awards), Bayanda Gumeda and Buhle Mabanga (Young Entrepreneurial Spirit Award).
For the Entertainment and Arts category, nominees are Pearl Thusi (Media Excellence Award), Terry Pheto (Star Power Award), Connie Ferguson and Basetsana Kumalo (Living Legend Award), and Nomzamo Mbatha (Promising Personality Award),
For the Community and Politics category, the SA nominees are Manyathi Hlolweni (Grass Roots Impact Award), Nothemba Kula (Social Humanitarian Award), and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Living Legend Award).
AWA says it aims at appreciating successful African women, who are promoting peace in conflict-inflicted areas and contributing to the increased resources and productivity in their nations.
The current nomination is just one of the countless times South African women are recognized for their immeasurable input in the growth and development of African society.
Earlier this month, the African Women’s Chartered Accountants Association honored Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, with the “Woman of Substance Award.”
The Award was handed over by Adv. Thuli Mandonsela, South Africa’s Public Protector, during a ceremony that took place at the Kyalami Theatre in Midrand Johannesburg, South Africa, on 2 August 2016.
In her acceptance speech Dr Dlamini Zuma highlighted the pivotal roles that African women and African women movements play in supporting women entrepreneurship, encouraging young women into further and higher education, including in male dominated professions such as Accounting, as well as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas; expanding women’s access to land, to agricultural extension services and advocating for women’s access to finance and financial services.
Similar to this, South African women also won awards and recognition at the Women4Africa held on the 21st of May 2016. There, a number of South African women such as Dr Snowy Khoza, Wendy Luhabe, Peggy Mkhoto, were awarded based on different award categories of that year.
Meanwhile, President Zuma has called on SA’s private sectors and banks to assist the government in achieving its plans for the economic and National development of the country that will help bring about positive change.
Zuma appreciated the fact that the country has made significant changes particularly in the legal status‚ attitudes‚ women’s involvement in decision-making‚ especially at the political level‚ in employment‚ education‚ ownership of homes and businesses‚ the justice system‚ and economic participation.
However, he highlighted the need for South Africa to increase its transformation efforts in order to improve the lives of women.