Dr Matamela Mafune, 28

Dr Matamela Mafune, 28

Medical doctor and founder of The Purple Sisterhood
The Purple Sisterhood
Johannesburg

When she’s not helping the country's healthcare system fight back against the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Matamela Mafune lends her life experience to her passion project, The Purple Sisterhood, a non-profit organisation that provides mentorship and guidance for young...

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Palesa Mokomele, 37

Palesa Mokomele, 37

Entrepreneur
Ezabalobi Media
Western Cape

Palesa Mokomele is a 37-year-old woman who through her company, Ezabalobi Media, works to include marginalised sectors such as small scale fishing into the formal economy. She is a 2019 Mandela Washington Fellow and has a Master’s in Political Communication from the...

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Carla Watson, 31

Carla Watson, 31

Head of the National Jakes Gerwel Graduate Teaching Fellowship Founder of foryouandyours.co.za
Foryouandyours.co.za and the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship
Cape Town

A teacher turned education activist who advises young people to take up teaching as a way to contribute positively to society. The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is named after one of South Africa’s most prominent anti-apartheid activists and academics, Professor Jakes...

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Onthatile Pooe, 17

Onthatile Pooe, 17

Student
South Africa

At just 17, she has created a space for the discriminated to engage with the rest of society. When Onthatile Pooe’s idea of creating a platform to discuss social issues facing minorities was rejected at school, the zest of youth kicked in. She could have thrown in the...

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Buhle Hanise, 37

Buhle Hanise, 37

Chartered Accountant
Africa Women Chartered Accountants BAIC Automobile SA
Johannesburg

Like many other students, Hansie has failed, but her relentless drive has seen her become an influential CA. The mind of a businesswoman with a heart of gold. This barely describes Buhle Hanise’s personality. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and was recently...

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Lerato Moloko, 39

Lerato Moloko, 39

Founder of The Grip
The Grip
Johannesburg

Racial and gender inequality permeates the golfing world and Lerato Moloko is addressing the issue head-on and growing the game by focusing on representation. From beekeeping to golfing, Lerato Moloko is a talented entrepreneur who, above all else, is motivated to...

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Saray Khumalo, 48

Saray Khumalo, 48

Executive
Momentum Multiply
Johannesburg

The climbs by the first black African woman to conquer Mount Everest are dedicated to people who dare to dream – providing an inspiring message and changing the narrative for the next generation. Saray Khumalo is a Johannesburg-based businesswoman, mountaineer and...

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Tshepiso Aina, 42

Tshepiso Aina, 42

Founder and Director
Tshepiso Mokoena
Washington, DC

Having seen first-hand the extent of the challenges facing the Deaf community, Aina took the situation into her own hands with the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation – offering developmental support, services, healthcare and empowerment to deaf people throughout South...

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Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson, 42

Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson, 42

Professor of Diagnostics Research
University of Limpopo
Durban and Polokwane

A medical professional who uses her expertise to not only fight against the coronavirus but also helps uplift her rural Limpopo hometown. As the country grapples with the coronavirus, leading health professional and academic Professor Tivani Phosa Mashamba-Thompson is...

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Angela Larkan, 36

Angela Larkan, 36

Executive director
Thanda
Hibberdene

The founder of Thanda is dedicated to handing power back to women — by giving them the knowledge, support and breathing room to improve their own lives. When it comes to manifesting meaningful societal change, the most impactful shifts are a result of sowing seeds...

Scott Dodds | mg.co.za
Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu, 35

Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu, 35

Postdoctoral researcher and research fellow
Centre for Women and Gender Studies at Nelson Mandela University
Johannesburg

For Hlengiwe Ndlovu being powerful means standing in the gap, inspiring hope and encouraging those who come after you that anything is possible. Dr Hlengiwe Ndlovu’s many achievements are a testament to her continued commitment to social justice as an academic, policy...

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Shanthini Naidoo, 39

Shanthini Naidoo, 39

Journalist
Johannesburg

With her new book, Women In Solitary, Naidoo hopes to alter the way South African women see themselves — and rekindle a desire to fight injustice and change the path of history by standing strong. Although most people are familiar with the Rivonia Trial that sent...

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