The 2019 SA Women in Property Awards (SAWIPA) winners were announced on Wednesday, 9 October, at a ceremony and gala dinner held at Summer Place in Hyde Park, Johannesburg. SAWIPA recognises outstanding leadership, commitment and success in individuals and organisations that have stepped up and shaped women’s roles within the private and public spheres of commercial property in South Africa.
This year, the SAWIPA categories include four individual awards: Young Achiever, Entrepreneur of the Year, Professional of the Year (private sector) and Professional of the Year (public sector).
The panel of judges included Nomzamo Radebe (CEO of Excellerate JHI), Dr Sedise Moseneke (executive director of Vukile Property Fund), Khanyisile Nene (senior manager infrastructure and development at Airports Company South Africa – ACSA) and Sandi Mbutuma (group managing director at SVA International). The judging process was expertly facilitated by Nonhlanhla Mayisela, the CEO of Izandla Property Fund.
The 2019 winners are:
- Young Achiever: Nompumelelo Xulu, founder and MD, NS Xulu Attorneys Conveyancers
- Entrepreneur of the Year: Michelle Michael, director, Dlamini Michael Inc
- Professional of the Year – Private Sector: Tia Kanakakis, partner, MDS Architecture
- Professional of the Year – Public Sector: Lerato Peu, executive director for economic development, Merafong City Local Municipality
Commenting on the winners’ announcement, Mayisela said: “This year’s winners are a testament to the standard of work being done by female property professionals. While the awards shine a spotlight on individual achievements, it is also a chance to recognise and reflect on the visible progress achieved in advancing women in the industry.”