WINNERS

South African Community Support Award (Serving Community in South Africa)

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An individual who has made a significant contribution to their community in South Africa through their dedication and personal effort.
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Cherry Armstrong

Cherry is a South African nursing sister who has used her clinical training as a foundation for hope and healing in her country. She is a Director of a clinical research company and conducts clinical trials in Durban, South Africa. She also spends many hours running her non-profit organisation, Celebrate Life SA, which works to alleviate human and environmental suffering. Through Celebrate Life SA, the biggest focus point for her presently is female empowerment through the Ubuntu Breadmaking Oven Project. This project trains previously disadvantaged women in rural communities to run their own bakeries as entrepreneurs, while contributing to local feeding schemes.
South African Community Support Award (Serving SA Community in the UK)

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An individual who has made a significant contribution to the SA community in the UK through their dedication and personal effort.
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Ramadimetje Lucy Mashigo

Ramadimetje is the founder of South Africa Diaspora Ubuntu Trust, which stands for unity of purpose regardless of political, religious, ethnic or religious affiliations. Diaspora has brought about community cohesion and integration through various South African national events and community events, particularly civic education.  It is a partnership of many South African organisations supported by various stakeholders. These organisations supplement and compliment each other, for not one single organisation can meet the needs of all the South African communities. The Diaspora has been able to link up with various offices including the High Commission to open platforms for community support in terms of emigration, repatriation in death, civic education, etc.  The Diaspora evolved to be Diaspora Ubunye to translate into reality the option for the marginalised in South Africa by running community projects to improve the lives of the poor.

Rising Star of the Year
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An individual who displays great potential in new or existing business or industry; who has shown to recently stand out from their peers as a result of their personal effort. This is an individual of any age or a business or effort of any nature.
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Scott Smyth

Scott Smyth, 32, is Chief Commercial Officer of Pivotal iQ and has worked closely with some of the world’s leading IT vendors, helping many of them to succeed in the fast-emerging digital landscape of Africa. Pivotal iQ continues to invest in their South African customer intelligence. He is equally dedicated to aid work in Africa. In 2017, he travelled to Sierra Leone, delivering essential items to orphanage Freetown orphanage. He later crossed into Liberia, delivering much-needed items to families living in a house built for the community by the Smyth family. He aims to return to Africa this year.
Micro Business Award (Southern Africa)

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An individual owns, runs or has a significant influence on a micro business or activity in the UK that is Southern African led or serving the SADC community in the UK or Southern Africa.
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Nyasha Gwatidzo

Nyasha was born in Zimbabwe. She strongly relates to her African values of deep family connections. She sees the community as the extension of her family.  Nyasha has been a social entrepreneur for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in start-up organisations that have a rapid, as well as sustainable growth and has a strong track record of identifying new market opportunities and turning them into highly successful social enterprises. Nyasha is the Founder and CEO of various Social Enterprises, including Banya Family Placement Agency and Vana Trust Charity. She has won several awards over the years - Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Business Woman of the Year and several Community Awards. Nyasha’s vision for the future is to make global connections and to mentor social entrepreneurs through a social impact investment fund, which will help people, especially women, to reach economic independence through enterprise.
Micro Business Award (South African Abroad)

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An individual owns, runs or has a significant influence on a micro business or activity in the UK that is South African led or serving the South African community in the UK or SA.
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Dawn Denton

South Africa is not just where Dawn was born, it is who she is.  Her desire to remain connected to her roots, culture and heritage gave birth to a brand to celebrates only the positives of her birthplace - her spiritual home. Celebrate Southern Africa keeps her Africa DNA activated with an annual market in Somerset, UK (attended by 50 Southern African businesses and 3,000 visitors from around the country), an online magazine (sharing stories, culture, fiction and African tales from some of the most talented writers who share her passion), and an online radio show (celebrating the people, music, stories and giving our community an opportunity to share about their businesses and the charitable work they do).
Entrepreneur of the Year

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An individual that has achieved outstanding success in their own business venture or one wherein they have a significant influence and interest (equity or similar).
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Pamela Naidoo

Born and raised in Durban, Pamela came to the UK in 2010 to work as a Chemical Engineer. Since then, she’s become a best-selling author and Director of two start-up companies, Showbizbee (TV/Film) and MyShopLondon (UK-based shopping platform for South Africans). Her book ‘Just Friends – The Ultimate Girl’s Guide to Male Friendships’ was critically acclaimed for empowering the modern woman. Showbizbee was recently awarded the Brenda Fassie Production rights; Pamela implemented the ‘True Life Project’ - designed to support/train under-privileged South Africans within the Film/TV industry. MyShopLondon is the first and only platform providing South Africans access to the biggest international fashions brands.

Innovator of the Year

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An individual who consistently proves to be at the cutting edge of his/her field and employs new technologies to spur growth.
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Felicia Meyerowitz Singh

Felicia is CEO/Co-founder of Akoni, the digital cash treasury manager for SMEs/Charities.   Akoni increases returns and saves time dealing with multiple banks through data innovation, to personalise products.   Akoni has been recognised for tech innovation and featured in the Banker, Euromoney, the Independent, etc. Felicia studied at WITS/UNISA and did articles at Pwc, and transferred to Alexander Forbes London, also an studying an LBS Executive MBA.  Felicia and a team set up a newLloyd’s broker/Underwriting agency (sold to Willis), and then two new startups including Akoni.   Felicia actively supports SA through the TEDx Board - Sharing Inspiring stories about Africa, and as a pediatric HIV Charity Trustee, as well as promotes female entrepreneurship through the Female Founders club.
SA - UK Trade Award

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An individual or a business which is being recognised for their outstanding achievement in delivering increased trade in products and services between South Africa and the United Kingdom.
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Jaco van Zyl

A young dynamic professional who is constantly on the lookout for opportunity. Jaco works hard and tread cautiously with the aim to execute diligently. He has advised many UHNW clients over the years and has gained valuable experience through them and their businesses. Through Transact SA-UK and Maitland experience and contacts, Jaco hopes to succeed in making real change in trade between SA and the UK. The overarching aim he would like to achieve is to promote trade of a sustainable nature that benefits the environment and uplifts people in poverty.
Lifetime Giving Back Award

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Awarded to an individual who has made a real difference to a group of people in South Africa through charitable work over an extended period.
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Niall Mellon

Niall has been very fortunate in life, he has a wonderful family and has been successful in business. He decided early on that his success should be measured by helping others and not by financial gain. Niall never dreamed that founding the Niall Mellon Township Trust in 2003 would result in the creation of over 25,000 houses for 125,000 homeless people in South Africa. Or that in just 4 years Mellon Educate would impact over 32,000 learners in the 28 schools they help. His proudest achievement however is inspiring over 22,000 volunteers to join him and help to improve the lives and futures of so many people.
Lifetime Achievement

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Awarded to an individual who has made a real difference to a group of people in South Africa through charitable work over an extended period.
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Lord Peter Hain

Leading anti-apartheid campaigner, Peter Hain was born to Pretoria activists jailed, banned and finally exiled to Britain in 1966, where he led successful campaigns to stop all-white sports tours. BOSS sent him a letter bomb in June 1972; supported a 1972 prosecution for conspiracy; and framed him for a bank theft in 1975. Subsequently a UK MP and government minister he is now a Peer. Visiting Professor at Wits Business School and Chair of the Donald Woods Foundation, in 2017 he Chaired the OR Tambo London Centenary Committee and is currently Chair of the Nelson Mandela London Centenary Committee. In September 2017-January 2018 he exposed State Capture, money laundering and corruption in the Lords. His biography Mandela: his essential life is published in July.
Business Woman of the Year

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A business woman who is achieving in business, either her own company or as an employee, who is an inspirational leader, recognised in her field and is or could be a role model to other women.

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Alysia Silberg

Alysia is the founder and host of the Global FiresideChat online radio show reaching 30k+ entrepreneurs & global leaders in 65 countries. Alysia is a seed-stage technology-investor working with multi-$bn potential startups addressing global challenges through beneficial data use & automation, financial technology and health technology. Her firm, Street Global Venture Capital combines investing with public policy influence and bridges Silicon Valley, Europe and Emerging Markets. Alysia is a multi-industry, self-made entrepreneur, NED, data scientist, author, advocate and influencer. Alysia is a UN Global Champion for Women’s Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, UK #MicroBizMattersDay Ambassador, IGD Emerging Leaders Fellow, TechUK STEM Ambassador, Diversity Leader of the Year 2017 and voted an Inspiring Woman in Tech.

Business Leader of the Year

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Any business individual who has excelled in their field and displays outstanding leadership and have contributed to the growth, sustainability and profitability of their business or their area of influence of their employer. Shown good business and management skills industry knowledge and consistent capability.

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Mike Asher

Mike is CEO and founder of Better2Know in the UK and SA.  Mike is the driving force behind Better2Know’s growth which has seen it be one of the top 100 fastest growing Tech Companies in the North of England for the last two years.  Mike has worked healthcare for over 25 years working in the UK, South Africa, Europe and the Middle East to drive company growth.  Mike focuses on providing patients with what they want and delivering them an excellent service.

Play Your Part Award

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An individual in his / her personal capacity, or as a leader or key influencer within an organization, who has utilised time, money or skills to contribute to lifting the spirit of the nation, ensuring a better future for all.

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Lesley Ann van Selm

At 24 Lesley Ann started her own marketing company, focusing on the upliftment of marginalised communities. The genesis of Khulisa dates back to 1997 when Lesley Ann, in collaboration with various government departments launched a storytelling programme amongst juvenile offenders utilising African stories to promote a sense of cultural pride.  Khulisa has expanded nationally as their programmes evolved into a cross spectrum of interventions and renders programmes targeting all sectors of vulnerable communities.  Collectively Khulisa and Lesley Ann have been awarded numerous local and international awards for their work in the arena of crime prevention, social entrepreneurship and community development.  Lesley Ann believes there is no such thing as failure, only incomplete successes.

Chairman's Award (Giving Back - Not yet my Lifetime)

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Lisa Ashton OBE

Lisa is the founder & CEO of The Winnie Mabaso Foundation. An NPO supporting vulnerable and orphaned children and the wider community in South Africa.  The Foundation has an orphanage for abused, abandoned and orphaned children in Johannesburg and runs several empowerment and development projects on a neighbouring informal settlement including a pre-school for 30 underprivileged children, a library, a gardening scheme, a granny club, a mobile feeding station and a recently opened sewing school.  Lisa spends her time between the UK and SA.

Chairman's Award (Sow your Seed - A New Beginning)

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Palesa Mokoena

Palesa is a mother, public speaker, social entrepreneur and business woman. She is an advocate for women's equality and is passionate about changing the narrative of Africa to the West.  Palesa is co-founder of My African Dream, a pan-African organisation who's initiatives aim to alleviate any obstacles that might stand in the way of a young person's education.