The 17th annual Regional Business Woman of the Year Awards (RBWOYA) lived up to expectations on Saturday night as an impressive line-up of 17 finalists were celebrated and honoured for their courage and success. The glitzy event was held at the Venue@Hemingways on the 27th of July 2019.
More than 400 guests attended the event, which was organised by the East London branch of the Business Women’s Association (BWA), East London branch. Six overall category winners received the prestigious title of Business Woman of the Year.
Dr Sarina Drusinsky, of Dr SF Drusinsky Inc and Dermacare, was announced as the winner in the Professional category, while Zukiswa Silinga, of Mercedes-Benz South Africa, won the Corporate Entrepreneur category.
Dr Drusinsky, who has been in business for more than 30 years, thanked her late parents, staff, family and friends for their encouragement and said that she wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of her patients.
In the Emerging Entrepreneur category, Lerato Mbomboyi, of Greenwood Projects, was named the winner, with Clare Cheeseman, of Connexions, claiming the Entrepreneur category.
The Social Entrepreneur category saw Lou Billett of African Angels School claiming the win, while Thobile Buthelezi, of the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury, was named Businesswoman Woman of the Year in the Women in government category.
“All our finalists deserve our applause for granting us the opportunity to recognize, inspire, support and empower women in our region.” A 2019 judge and 2016 winner in the Emerging Entrepreneur category, Estie Gane of Ginger&Co, congratulated all the finalists.
“To our six winners, well done for coming out tops among so many strong contenders. East London can be truly proud of the caliber of businesswomen in its various industries.”
Trotskie thanked the various sponsors, which included including; Mercedes-Benz SA, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Transnet, the IDZ, the Daily Dispatch and more among others, for making it the awards possible. (ref www.pressreader.com)
The DSSA and SASDS are proud and honoured to have Dr Dusinsky as the Secretary of the DSSA and involved with both societies. A heartfelt congratulations from all the members.