Wed Mar 05 06:24:00 UTC 2008


The search for South Africa’s most inspiring and outstanding women in 2008 is underway and the entire nation now has the opportunity to submit nominations for the nation’s most prestigious award for women, the Shoprite Checkers / SABC2 Woman of the Year Award.

The 2008 Award was launched today (Wednesday 5 March 2008) in Gauteng by Dr Mathews Phosa and attended by a host of influential role models representing the various categories of the Award.

Celebrating its thirteenth anniversary as a major initiative for National Women’s Day the Award pays tribute to the most exceptional and achieving women in the country who have not only achieved success in their own respective fields but who have made a tangible difference in communities and society as a whole.

Phenomenal South African women have been recognised through this premier accolade for achievement by women in South Africa for their unwavering commitment and dedication to making South Africa a better place.

South Africans are invited to participate in the search by nominating the country’s best in seven categories: business entrepreneurs; health; education; social welfare; arts, culture and communications; sport; and science and technology.

Each of the seven category winners of the 2008 Shoprite Checkers / SABC 2 Woman of the Year Award will receive R10 000 in prize money, while the overall winner will receive R30 000 in prize money.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 09 May 2008 and South Africans who would like to enter candidates can simply visit their nearest Shoprite or Checkers store or SABC offices to collect entry forms.

Those with access to the internet can download entry forms from the Award’s official website or make contact with the Award organisers by e-mail on or 021 980 4285.

After an exhaustive nationwide search campaign, the Award culminates in July 2008 with a spectacular gala evening in the Mother City to announce the winners. This dazzling event will be broadcast during prime time on Saturday, 9 August 2008, when the nation celebrates National Women’s Day.

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