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5 South African women pioneers you should know in position of power

“The future is Woman”. Report by Lwazi Hadebe

There’s no better way to celebrate #WomenCrushWednesday than compiling a list of women that have contributed in changing the way women are viewed in society. There is no doubt that  these women have had an impact in the future of woman. Here’s a list of powerful women you need to know about.

Sibongile Sambo

Sibongile Sambo. Image source: CNN

Here’s a woman who can take you around the world and back. She is the founder of the 1st 100% Black Female Owned aviation company in South Africa. This came about when she won a tender issued by the South African government for aviation firms to bid om a contract for cargo transport. Her aviation company, SRS Aviation, offers services from cargo charter, VIP charter, helicopter services and game count & capture.

Caster Semenya

Caster Semenya. Image source: Sportsnet

This Olympic gold medallist keep on reminding everyone that no matter what life throw your direction, you can handle it with class. Lets not forget the time her gold medal was taken away from her when she was investigated by the International sporting bodies after she was called a man. The new hyperandrogenism rule by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) lays down a series of criteria for athletes with a Difference of Sexual Development (DSD) to be eligible to compete internationally in certain events. As a clap back, Caster has since posted a number on inspirational quotes, fighting back and that’s how a strong woman stands up for herself.

Khanyi Dhlomo

Khanyi Dhlomo. Image source: Lionessesofafrica

The founder of the 100% black-owned media company, Ndalo Media, which she launched in 2007. The company publishes award-winning women’s lifestyle magazines, DestinyConnect and Destiny Magazine, as well as one of South Africa’s most popular men’s  magazines, DestinyMan. The media company recently acquired global media brands ELLE and ELLE Decoration South Africa. It didnt take her long to venture into retail with Ndalo Luxury Ventures under which she helped found South Africa’s own Bergdorf & Goodman and lifestyle department stores, Luminance, located in Hyde Park and Sandton.

Connie Ferguson

Connie Ferguson

Here’s a woman who has a long list of achievements under her belt. She is one of the first actors who appeared on Generation’s first episode on Generations from 1994 to 2010 and the re-joined the Soapie in 2014 (Generations: The Legacy). Connie played lead roles in What if , Crime Reporter , Maitemogelo , Soul City 1, 2, 4 and many more. Besides that she  She is the owner of True Self fragrance. Connie she the owner of body care products called Connie Body Care She co-own a TV and film production company called Ferguson Films, which produced drama Rockville for Mzansi Magic, DStv Channel 161. This is the queen of ageless beauty too.

Wendy Luhabe

Image source: Eric Miller / World Economic Forum 2008
Borge Brende and E. Neville flank Wendy Luhabe while she speaks at the Opening Press Conference of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2008

She is part of Economic Empowerment of Women which enabled South African Women to become investors for the first time in the mid ‘90s. Wendy Luhabe is also a champion for Social Entrepreneurship, a Mentor for younger generations and a recipient of numerous Awards and honors.  She is a former Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and was awarded the Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) by the British Royal Family in 2014.

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