The Networking Woman

The Governing Woman

The Healing Woman

The Guiding Woman

The Business Woman

The Mining Woman

The Harvesting Woman

Zaakira Mahomed, 48

Zaakira Mahomed, 48

“We wanted to decrease absenteeism and pregnancy rates to keep girls in school. They shouldn’t be missing out on an education because they cannot afford something like a sanitary product, which is a basic human right.”

Sebabatso Tsaoane, 27

Sebabatso Tsaoane, 27

“I do hope I get to see a time when women in my field are more respected and receive more recognition. Nurses and midwives put their lives on the line to protect and heal those in their care, sometimes under extremely unfavourable circumstances.”

Dr Lungi Nyathi, 40

Dr Lungi Nyathi, 40

“I want to play a more Pan-African role in the healthcare system of our continent in the future. South Africa has so much that can help other African countries accelerate their health system journeys. I have learnt a lot in my career thus far and I would like to use what I have to build the health systems in other countries.”

Flavia Senkubuge, 42

Flavia Senkubuge, 42

“There needs to be a realisation of our interconnectedness as people. Once we realise that ‘I am because we are’ — or ubuntu — it will become easier to advocate and implement many of the desires we have for the health system in South Africa and globally.”

Lerato Masemola, 41

Lerato Masemola, 41

“I love hanging around with 100-year-olds who give you life advice that’s pure and brutal.”

Dr Margaret Mojapelo, 62

Dr Margaret Mojapelo, 62

“In South Africa, we are specialists in mediocrity. You must look at best practices and evolve.”

Dr Abongile Qamata, 36

Dr Abongile Qamata, 36

“Young women and girls, you have so much potential that you need to exploit. Hard work and potential need to come together and, when they do, they make magic.”