Women’s Day is a celebration of the life changing movement that took place in 1956. On the 9th of August, women marched to the Union Buildings to protest against legislation that limited the movement and occupation of black women in urban areas, one of many effects of the apartheid government.
This month we list the 5 young women who are building a legacy of their own. In no particular order:
5. Lesego Mokae
She has a 100% black female-owned engineering company that focuses on metal fabrication, plant maintenance and steel products supply. The business was started with Tebogo Mosito who is the co-founder of Ditsogo projects.
AngloAmerican Platinum, Impala Platinum and Pilanesberg Platinum Mine are some of the mines she works with.
4. Charmaine Mbatha
This young woman resigned from her job to start a business and it paid off. She is the founder of Millennial Business Administrators, which is a company that provides services for startups, organizations and personal brands. They also have a magazine that inspires and educates women of colour for their achievements in life and business.
She has also attended one of JT Foxx’s, a business coach’s mega success event in Los Angeles an event entrepreneurs from all over the world attend.
3. Caster Semenya
There are so many words to describe this incredible woman who has inspired a lot of people. She has won more than 15 international medals and has made a mark for herself.
Recently there was a scandal involving the IAAF wanting female athletes with high testosterone levels to take blockers. This however, was denied by the Swiss Supreme Court, allowing her to compete with other women. During this time, South Africa was behind her, sending her positive messages while she continued to run past her competition.
2. Nneile Nkholise
This 30 year old has proved that consistency is key when building something you believe in.
One of the things she did was use her pension fund money towards starting her business. She started a medical design, engineering and technology company named iMed Tech that focuses on medical prosthetic, bio-implant design and manufacturing.
1. Tony Gum
The 23 year old visual artiste has done a lot of things in her career so far. She was named the “coolest girl” by Vogue for her interpretation of brands like Coca-Cola, shown throughout her work. In 2017, she won the prestigious Miami Pulse Prize for her Ode to She photographic exhibition. She has showcased her work in a number of places, and in New York too.
Determination is what these women have shown and they continue to thrive in what they do.
Who are some of the young women you look up to?