Valcare’s annual women’s empowerment initiative that honours and celebrates 15 inspiring ladies in the Cape Winelands.

How it all started

On the eve of Women’s Month 2012, the Relationship Manager of Valcare, Jolanda van der Lingen, felt a calling to honour a couple of wonderful women she knew. The idea was to select a woman for each day of the month to share her story on Facebook. The rest is history.

Over the years, the concept of the initiative has grown and evolved, but the core has remained unchanged. The public is invited to nominate women making an incredible difference in their communities. 

What it is all about

This women empowerment initiative is now in its tenth year and is again honouring remarkable women, from Franschhoek to Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington.

The nominations for this year’s Proteas of the Valley campaign are open for June, whereafter, 15 women will be selected as Proteas. The women will share their stories of inspiration on Valcare’s social media and in the broader media.

Proteas of the Valley 2022

Click here to learn more about the Proteas of the Valley 2022.

Terms and Conditions

  • The Proteas of the Valley initiative is not a competition. There are no prizes. It is a forum to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of extraordinary women to their community.
  • Fifteen women or “Proteas of the Valley” will be celebrated during the month of August.
  • Nominations are open between 4 June 2022 and 4 July 2022 until 17:00. No nominations will be accepted after the closing date.
  • Nominees must have made positive contributions to communities within the Drakenstein or Winelands areas, from Stellenbosch to Franschhoek, Wellington and Paarl.
  • Nominations may not be for any member of staff or family of Valcare or sponsors of the initiative.
  • Nominees may not nominate themselves.
  • A committee will review nominations and the 15 women selected to be Proteas of the Valley 2022, will be contacted in July 2022. The committee’s decision is final.
  • As this is an annual event, women who have been recognised in previous Valcare woman’s day events, are not eligible to be Proteas of the Valley for 2022.
  • The Proteas of the Valley agree to have their pictures taken and their work and stories to be featured on social media and local media including print and radio.
  • The Protea of the Valley initiative is voluntary. Should a selected Protea of the Valley not wish to participate they may opt-out. In such instances, the committee will select a suitable replacement based on the nominations.
  • Valcare may disqualify a Protea of the Valley before or after any public announcement, should any rule transgressions or factors which may bring Valcare, its partners, sponsors and stakeholders into disrepute be discovered. In such instances, and if time allows, the committee will select a suitable replacement based on the nominations.
  • Proteas of the Valley take part in the initiative at their own risk and Valcare bears no responsibility for any loss, damage or harm suffered as a result of participation.
Read more about our Proteas of the Valley 2021 here.
Read more about our Proteas of the Valley 2020 here.
Read more about our Proteas of the Valley 2019 here.
Read more about our Proteas of the Valley 2018 here.