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Tuesday, September 17, 2019


(The awardees & the Womandla! team)

artSMart editor/owner Caroline Smart was awarded with a Womandla! Award for her contribution to the arts on September 15, 2019, at the 1860 Heritage Centre in Durban.

With a vibrant vision to celebrate and empower women, Womandla! combined the launch of the highly anticipated women's writing collection titled Womandla! with an awards event honouring some of South Africa’s most iconic women.

The event showcased the writing achievements of selected poets and writers and featured five women speakers (Shabnam Palesa Mohamed, Puleng Nomvula Ndlovukazi, Maya Jagjivan Kalicharan, Chantal Snyman, Sheena St Clair Jonker) and honoured iconic women in law, the arts, human rights, and academics. These exemplary women achievers include Judge Navi Pillay, Dr Gcina Mhlophe, Dr Betty Govinden, Dr Ela Gandhi, Yaa Ashentewaa Ngidi-Archer, Shehnilla Mohamed, Nise Malange, Cookie Edwards, Caroline Smart and Dr Mariam Seedat.

(Caroline Smart & Shabnam Palesa Mohamed)

The organisation paid gratitude to radio presenter and actor Jayshree Parasuramen, comedian and businesswoman Anasia Govender, musician and spa therapist Lucille Cornelius, as well as the generous sponsors including CFAD, Chilli Kadhai Foods, Country Bake, Innovative Jedi, Jayshree Parasuramen, Lucille Cornelius, R Photography, Tabloid Newspapers and The Lemon Tree.

With social upliftment always in their hearts, Womandla commits a portion of proceeds from sales of the book Womandla! to veteran NGO Advice Desk for the Abused.

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