FEROSE OATEN is WINNER of South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government award, in the Services Sector (Support Services, Entertainment, Leisure and Tourism, Transport and Media)

At a glittering event at Gallagher Estate last night, African Union President, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma applauded the continent’s women at the CEO Magazine’s annual Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards Ceremony. Annelize Wepener, the inspirational Chief Executive of CEO Holdings hosted the prestigious event, with Derek Watts directing the programme. More than 1000 nominations were received for the South African leg of the awards, with 3 different rounds of Judging, ending with 60 finalists in the 19 different sectors, which included Health Care, Automotive, Arts & Culture, Sport and Public Enterprises among others.

Other finalists competing with Ferose in the Services Category for Support Services, Entertainment, Leisure and Tourism, Transport and Media, included the Managing Director of Air Mauritius for Southern Africa and Latin America, Carla da Silva, Angela Makholwa-Moabelo from Brightspark Communication and Paula Slier from Newshound International Media Productions. Nicolene Schoeman was a Finalist in the Business and Professional services sector. The final round of judging, facilitated by Yvonne Finch, included Advocate Willem Heath of Heath Consulting, Dudu Mwelase of Nissan South Africa and Commander Tsietsi Mohele, the CEO of the SA Maritime Safety Authority. The winner in each Category was presented with a Michel Herbelin Masterpiece watch.

Extract from SA’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government publication:- “Treading where no woman has” is what best describes Ferose Oaten, the Managing Director of AVTS Roadworthy Stations and Director of TÜV SÜD South Africa. Ferose recently celebrated two decades in a business which is largely regarded as being a male industry. She is not only passionate about vehicles, but also has her people at heart. Ferose is equally keen about the development women and is involved in women’s organisations, including the Businesswomen’s Association and the WHEAT Trust (Women’s Hope and Education Trust). She has served in various top level capacities in the retail motor sector bodies, including as President of the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) for 6 years. “My presence in these spheres bears testimony to the fact that women are in control of their destinies and can influence the environment around them,” she says.

The Judges described their choices as follows:-

•There was a common awareness of the need to uplift others.

•The women were all passionate about their work and what they want to achieve.

•Humility was a cornerstone of their conduct.


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