SOUTH AFRICA:MTN CELEBRATES WOMAN EXCELLENCE AT A GALA EVENT

Launched in 1994,the MTN group is a multinational telecommunications group,operating in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.The ICT sector recognise the role that women have played towards the growth of the ICT sector in South Africa

The Awards were presented in Johannesburg at a gala event which marked the culmination of the women in ICT-Partnership for change Awards-initiative.Kagiso Medias-East Coast Radio,Jacarandas and IT web Brainstorm has join MTN SA as partnership for the inaugural programme.

The Entrepreneur Recognition Award in the women in ICT was named as the winner for the prolific business woman IRENE CHARNLEY,on recognition of the viable business she founded,smile communications,which is trailblazing across the continent.

Aisha Mohammed was announced the winner in the leadership recognition Award category in the women in ICT-partnership for change Awards.her accolade was presented in recognition of the proven depth of experience she has showed in leading change.

For introducing new methods,ideas that are contributing into the delivery of a bold, new digital world,Stephanie Cowper was honoured and selected as the winner of the innovator recognition Award.The panel of judges named Zimkita Buwa as the winner of the category of outstanding woman ICT professional.Dianne Broodryk was declared the winner of the category of community Builder Award.The excellence in ICT journalism Award recognizes a journalist who has contributed immensely to creating a better understanding of the ICT industry through their reporting in this category ,Thabiso Mochiko ICT writer at Business Day/Financial Mail was named as the winner .

In the Graduate Award Category in the women in ICT-Partnership for change Awards,Sharon Rao Farista from Haward Business School(2015) was proclaimed as the winner.The winner of the sponsors Leadership Award is Eileen Wilton,CEO of GIJIMA.He was recognise of the role she has played over the years as a source of great inspiration to many young professionals and in recognition of the outstanding work she has done in turning around GIJIMA.

The CEO of MTN SA,MTETO NYATI says that on behalf ofTN,they wish to congratulate the winners for consistently distinguishing themselves with outstanding performance throughout their illustrious career.According to him,the winner’s are not only the women who stood on the winner’s podium ,but the millions of women out there who are meaningfully contributing to the growth of the ICT sector in South Africa.He hope that these awards will give impetus to the advancement of women in  the ICT and enhance the value proposition of the industry to aspiring female professionals.For Mark Harris,CEO of Kagiso Media,they are honoured to be associated with and initiative that is championing the noble cause of recognising and awarding excellence and during transformation.They believe that women in ICT-Partnership for change Awards will be a catalyst that puts the ICT Sector on the maps and remind definitely female professionals the significant contributions they made,and continue to make towards the growth of the sector.

Nyati concluded that the inaugural women in ICT-Partnership for change Awards have been a roaring success. The event has carved as an annual calendar ICT event.

BY CARINE MAMBOU
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