Meet the 2022 Santam Women of the Future Awards

The winners of the eighth annual Santam Women of the Future Awards in association with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE were announced on Friday at an exclusive event held at The Venue Green Park in Morningside and emceed by Jo-Ann Strauss.

Guests in attendance at the luncheon included businesswomen and media personalities such as Miss South Africa 2022 Ndavi Nokeri, Johanna Makgalemele, Uyanda Mbuli, Sonia Booth, Jena Dover, Catherine Constantinides, Miss Earth SA 2022 Ziphozethu Sithebe, Anthea Gardner and Zuraida Jardine.

The three winners were selected from a shortlist of nine finalists by a distinguished panel of judges: Professor Thuli Madonsela, Chair in Social Justice at Stellenbosch University and founder of the Social Justice M-Plan and Thuma Foundation; Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa, CEO of Naspers South Africa; Dawn Nathan-Jones, entrepreneur and CEO of Over the Rainbow; Enid Lizamore, Executive Head of Human Resources at Santam; Suzy Brokensha, FAIRLADY editor-in-chief; and TRUELOVE editor-in-chief Makhosazana ‘Khosi’ Zwane-Siguqa.

Santam’s many years of supporting women in business in South Africa have given the company valuable insight into the potential pitfalls of the entrepreneurial journey. Santam understands that the first 1 000 days of running a business are the hardest – if you’re still in business by day 1 001, they believe you’re in it for the long haul! These incredibly dynamic women have either surpassed that critical point or are well on their way to doing so.

“As a company that has been around for 104 years, we know that we have an important role to play in supporting entrepreneurs, particularly women entrepreneurs, to help build and sustain our nation,” said Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, Chief Marketing Officer at Santam. “The challenges and prejudices that women face compel them to be innovative and to forge a strong path. Santam would like to lend a helping hand to these women of the future by creating opportunities for them and supporting them in their quest for success. It has been proven many times that women have immense strength and power to make a difference in the world.”

We are proud to announce the winners:

Monalisa Sibongile Zwambila of The Riverbed Agency was named the 2022 Santam Woman of the Future (awarded to an entrepreneur whose business is more than 1 000 days old).


The Riverbed Agency is a woman-owned advertising and marketing agency that provides integrated communications services to blue-chip and global clients. Monalisa says that being recognised for her efforts is always rewarding, more so when it is by organisations that have impacted South Africa in many ways. ‘Winning the title of Woman of the Future not only means a lot to me, but it is also an acknowledgement of my team at Riverbed, and something that they can be proud of too.’


Janna Kretzmar of EarthChild Project was named the 2022 Santam Social Entrepreneur (awarded to an entrepreneur who is making a real difference in her community).


EarthChild Project offers complementary education to under-resourced schools in Khayelitsha and Lavender Hill in Cape Town, with a focus on the environment, health and life skills. Winning the Santam Social Entrepreneur Award will allow the EarthChild Project to continue to grow and expand its reach. ‘I have never received this kind of external recognition before, so to have my hard work recognised means so much to me and my team who so diligently support me,’ Janna says.



Amahle Ntshinga of Luntu was named the 2022 Santam Rising Star (awarded to an entrepreneur who is still within her first 1 000 days of business).

Luntu is a conscious online store that sources products from suppliers who come from marginalised groups. Today, Luntu is doing business in 24 countries across six continents. For Amahle, winning the Santam Rising Star Award is validation that her hard work has been worth it. ‘There are some months when sales are really low,’ she says. ‘And I would ask myself, “Should I keep going?” But I won’t give up, especially knowing that we’re able to help more businesses grow.’

‘These winners make me so proud, not only because of the excellent businesses and organisations they've founded, but also because of the enormous energy they’re putting into making our country work,’ says Suzy. ‘These are all really innovative ideas, and it’s a pleasure to reward the women who have seen them through.’

‘It was once again an honour and a privilege to be part of this project,’ Khosi says. ‘All the finalists are exceptional, exemplary leaders. I’m also particularly grateful to the excellent panel of judges who gave us their time and wisdom, as well as all our sponsors.’

The prizes

The Woman of the Future receives R100 000 in cash, and the Social Entrepreneur and Rising Star receive R60 000 in cash each from Santam.

Each of the three winners walked away with:

  • A full-page advertisement in FAIRLADY or TRUELOVE to promote the business, social enterprise or NPO
  • An hour’s invaluable mentorship with one of our judges
  • A one-year supply of African Extracts Rooibos skincare products (beauty partner), worth R7 500
  • A makeover hamper from CATRICE (makeup partner), worth R4 500
  • A GetSmarter online short course, worth R14 900
  • Leather accessories from Zemp, worth R5 000
  • Business printing from Lithotech, worth R5 000
  • A Michael Kors-branded women’s watch from American Swiss, worth R4 399
  • A Samsonite StackD Spinner Expandable carry-on (55cm), worth R3 999
  • Three pairs of Baker sunglasses from Execuspecs, worth R5 397
  • A Samsonite Prodigy Spinner Expandable (55cm) carry-on, worth R5 000

The Santam Readers’ Choice Award, voted for by the public, goes to Zanele Ngcobo of BNK Solar, which provides turnkey solar solutions and assists clients with energy management systems and energy-efficiency solutions. Zanele wins a Golden Circle Mentorship programme from Over the Rainbow worth R9 000.

Read more about the winners and their businesses in the latest issue of FAIRLADY magazine, on sale from Friday, 21 October 2022.