Three years ago, Valcare had a dream of honouring the women of the Paarl valley and surrounding areas, who work tirelessly to make our communities a better place.

Over the years this inspirational women’s month initiative, held in August each year, has grown in leaps and bounds and has become a highlight in the Cape Winelands calendar. The name ‘Proteas of the Valley’ was chosen last year, because just like this famous fynbos plant, these women also flourish and flower amidst harsh and difficult conditions.

This year, the nominations for the Proteas of the Valley 2019 women opened in June and the public had a month to submit their names and reasons to explain why they think their nominee should be part of the line-up. An election committee, consisting of a group of previous Proteas of the Valley ladies, then went through the difficult process of selecting the top 15 women.

“It’s wonderful to see that even though the chosen Proteas of the Valley ladies are completely different with unique backgrounds and stories, they also have a lot in common. They are all incredibly inspirational, courageous and they make a difference in other people’s lives,” says Jolanda van der Lingen, Relationship Manager at Valcare.

Our inspiring ladies for 2019:

Valcare’s Proteas of the Valley 2019 women are: From left to right, top: Lily Fortuin, Katie van Loggerenberg, Marliza Koen, Vanessa Adams, Xoliswa Mjezu, Nontuthuzelo Ginya, Anthea Irene Williams, Christalene Newing. Middle: Veronica Whatney, Veronica Gelant, Adriana Francke. Front: Johanessa Viljoen, Corné van Heerden, Lizzette Baxter, Charlene Elliott. [Photo taken by Joke Viljoen at Bon Louis Bistro]

Ending on a High Tea note

To wrap up the campaign, the women will be treated to an exclusive High Tea event at Kronenburg Estate on 27 August, where local guests from the valley like Bottomless Coffee Band, Marlene le Roux, Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and Executive Mayor, Alderman (Dr) Elna von Schlicht will encourage the ladies.