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Cape Town – The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday announced the five South African business women set to receive awards from the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge in Seattle, Washington, in the United States.

The ‘exceptional five’, all run multi-million rand businesses with a combined annual turnover of nearly half a billion rands.

Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber said it was inspiring to see women building successful businesses in a difficult economic climate.

“They embody the spirit of enterprise that we so desperately need in this country and they set an outstanding example for others.” she said.

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The statement released by the Chamber on Thursday, revealed that the awards would be presented at a conference in Seattle in November 2017.

“In the past, the IWEC conferences have proved to be stimulating and have encouraged the winners to take on fresh challenges, and the Chamber is proud of the role it had played in bringing South African women into the international limelight,” said Myburgh.