“Here’s to strong women… May we know them, May we be them, May we rise them”- Unknown

Celebrating the last week of women’s month we show love to some of the inspirational and phenomenal women who continue to fly the flag, break barriers and change societal norms… we bring you five women who have achieved major strides in business and entrepreneurship.

Phuti Mahanyele

From humble beginnings in Soweto Phuti Mahanyele is the epitome of shattering ceilings. One of Africa’s successful women in business Mahanyele’s credentials and achievements have gained her international and local recognition for her work in business and government.

Hailed as “Boardroom superstar” Mahanyele forms part of a small percentage of women who sit in boardrooms. She chairs on boards of some of the biggest entities including Blue Label Telecoms limited and Conmair Limited.

She is the former CEO at Shanduka Investment Group, founded by politician and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa. Amongst the many hats she wears Mahanyele recently launched herself as an entrepreneur in 2015 establishing Sigma Capital- a majority black owned investment group where she is also the Executive chairperson.

Image courtesy of sigma capital/ sigmacapital.com (underneath the image)

Vanessa Masilo

Chosen as the “Forbes Woman Africa 2018” by Forbes Africa Vanessa Masilo is a young powerhouse who started her first suppliers’ business as a student which she has expended to a full corporate holding company.

Masilo is the chief executive officer and the brains behind Krystal Klear Visions an occupational health and safety consulting company she founded in 2013. The young entrepreneur also runs the Klear vision foundation that manufactures locally made sanitary towels for disadvantage school girls in South Africa as part of a project she started in her quest to help keep a girl child in school.

She is also the business owner of ‘Follaine Health and beauty boutique’, a new business venture she launched in 2017. Masilo is not only passionate about entrepreneurship but also believes in social development and impacting people’s lives by empowering communities and young people through job creation, skills development and economic empowerment.

Sibongile Sambo

In a highly competitive and male dominated industry Sibongile Sambo established the first ever 100% black female-owned aviation company in South Africa in 2006. Born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga Sambo is the founder and managing director of SRS aviation ltd.

With the lack of transformation and low number of women in aviation Sambo is also the board member of SAWIA (Southern African woman in aviation) a non-profit organisation that is advocating for more females to enter into aviation.

Some of her great accolades and achievements includes the 2008 BMF (black management forum) presidential award, and a receipt of the international women’s entrepreneurial challenge (IWEC) in 2010 and she also featured on the Forbes ‘10 young African millionaires to watch” in 2013.

Image courtesy of sibongilesambo.co.za

Tara Fela- Durotype

Lawyer turned beauty and make-up entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotype is the founder and CEO of house of Tara international, a leading beauty company based in Nigera that offers of a wide range of beauty products and professional make-up kits. Considered as a “game changer” in the Nigerian beauty and cosmetics industry Tara launched the first bride directory in 1990 and started Nigeria’s first beauty academy in 2004.

Durotype also runs the TFD series and TFD mentoring programme both initiatives she started as a platform to empower and support aspiring and emerging beauty entrepreneurs.

The world economic forum named her amongst the young global leaders in 2013. She also made it to the Forbes “20 young power Africa women” and was chosen as one of the “Africa top 100 young business leaders”.

(Image courtesy of tarafeladurotype.com)

Nomvula Mhambi

Born and Raised in Zimbabwe 29 year- old award winning businesswoman Nomvula Mhambi is the operations manager and founder of Disruptive innovation, a marketing and advertising agency that provides brands and companies with business strategies.

In 2015, the serial entrepreneur launched her second business a full service salon Trends hair and nail lounge. Mhambi recently ventured into agriculture, she is also the business owner of Eden Valley an agri-business initiative she established in 2017.

The young business trailblazer recently featured on the Forbes Africa, 30 under 30 class of 2018 in the business category that profiles and celebrates young business entrepreneurs that are shaping the future of the continent and changing the world at large.

(Image courtesy of Forbes Africa/ Forbesafrica.com

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