Shortly after the finalists of the SACBW Business Woman of the Year Awards were announced are from left: Diana Jansen (SACBW vice president), Cerita Nagy (SACBW president), Adri van Niewenhuizen (Pink Trees for Pauline, George), Marne Mynhardt (Mitat, Somerset-Wes), Imke Dekker (Dekker Prokureurs, Mosselbaai) Elna Schwartz (Avis, George) and Adel Potgieter (SACBW Garden Route chairperson) Absent : Shirley Schmidt (Afrishore Shipping, Mosselbaai).Photo: Cornelle Carstens Mossel Bay Advertiser
GEORGE BUSINESS NEWS - Two George women are contenders for the South African Council for Business Women (SACBW) Businesswoman of the Year title.
Elna Schwartz of Avis van Rental George is a finalist in the corporate category and Adrie Nieuwenhuizen of Pink Trees for Pauline George has made the finals in the non-profit organisation category.
With two finalists from Mossel Bay, four of the five Western Cape finalists who will compete at the finals in Pretoria on 17 September, are from the Garden Route. This year there are seven categories for which winners will be selected.
The finalists were named at the SACBW national seminar held at the Garden Court Hotel, Garden Route Casino in Mossel Bay on Wednesday 8 June, which was attended by high-profile personalities.
Singer, songwriter and TV presenter Coenie de Villiers spoke about music which ignites brain capacity and how vital it is to listen to it. Based on intriguing research it has been found that there are similarities between principles in music, life and ultimately business.
He said music can be a vital, positive change agent in human relations. This is crucial in a country where labour relations are poor.
Professor Quinton Johnson, principal of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University George campus, spoke on how to keep up with the times. "Stay on top of trends, yourself and your business," said Johnson.
The other three finalists are Marne Mynhardt (Mitat, Somerset-Wes), Imke Dekker (Dekker Prokureurs, Mosselbaai) and Shirley Schmidt (Afrishore Shipping, Mosselbaai).
The SACBW is a non-profit organisation which represents women in business, and creates a vehicle for women to network and learn from each other and develop themselves.