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2001 • 5th Annual SAWW Awards

It was a night of elegance, glitter, glamour, good food, incredible music and pride when South African Women for Women honoured the recipients of this year's awards at a posh ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown, Toronto. There were many highlights but singer, Sibongile Khumalo  thrilled everyone  with her magnificant voice. It was truly amazing

A cocktail party was held in the garden of Nancy Ruth's beautiful home in Toronto to welcome recipients of this year's South African Women for Women awards. Our pictures show some of the many guests who attended. To view photographs of the garden party please click HERE.

To view the personal profiles of the 2001 recipients, click on the links below:

Thea Abramson
Community Service Award

Mercia Andrews
Health Award

Rena Blatt
Outstanding Contribution by a non-South African Award

Dr. Lillian Lydia
Nomathemba Cingo

Health care/Public Service Award

Lynette Coetzee
Health Care/Public Service Award

Rita Edwards
Public Service Award

Sibongile Khumalo
Performing Arts Award

Robyn Lewis
Health Award

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele
Woman of Distinction Award

Charlene Smith
Journalism & Activism Award

Helen Suzman
Ubuntu Award

Zubeda Vahed
Race Relations Award

Sibongile Khumalo with traditional storyteller Fatima Dike.

Dr Mamphela Ramphela and SAWW board member Hazel Manuel .

Robyn Lewis receiving the Health Award

The Honourable Maria Mina, Minister of International Cooperation and Carole Adriaans, President of S.A.W.W

Eleanor Koldolfsky and
Barbara Bondar
at the August 11 Gala Event.

Keynote speaker and recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award, Dr. Mamphele Ramphele

Gwen Michaels, a South African Women for Women board member presents an award to Thea Abramson.

Among the guests at the annual awards ceremony were Mary-Anne Chambers and her husband Chris with SAWW board member Gwen Coffen (standing).


Two of the prominent guests were Judge Maurice Charles and his wife, Winnie van der Ross-Charles.

Zenana Akande, Mary Alcindor, Mary-Anne 
Chambers and her husband Chris.