"Akhona Sass hopes that one day we can get rid of terms such as “the IT guy”, and has steadily been working to subvert the dominance of men in the IT industry by employing more young women at her company, Intotek. Sass became director and owner of the technology and...
“It’s important to start from the bottom and not be scared to get your hands dirty.”
“There is no reason why women in our communities cannot be trained to access global careers. The educational resources are available, and our young people are definitely talented enough to access them.”
“There is no such thing as a stupid idea, and we should never let our fears and failures become our navigator of life. We are stronger than that.”
“Technology is a key enabler to propel Africa forward. If we can use technology to innovate, then we can reduce many of the struggles and inequalities we face.”
“I choose to challenge women to take their rightful positions in the marketplace, and lead with integrity and dignity.”
“Everybody starts from somewhere. We don’t all start from the same platform, but if you are serious you will get there.”
“I encourage and pursue a life of doing good and helping others where they cannot always help and support themselves in life’s different and very often tragic circumstances.”
Mansingh has shown how to use corporate power and influence to improve the lives of the women in her business, as well as in the broader community.
“If we can create a generation of great ethical, accountable leaders we can build businesses that are responsible and value people more than profit and that look after people’s mental health.”