2017 might well be the pivotal year for the entrepreneurial South African woman.

In our 13th annual edition, we look at why 2017 is the start of the “golden age” for women entrepreneurs and celebrate female pioneers in various sectors ranging from business and finance to tech, innovation, wine-making and aviation.

 

We cover the Motsepe Foundation’s Precious Moloi-Motsepe’s intriguing new book, The Little Black Book: A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa.


With the majority of stokvel members being women, we outline the importance of recognising that stokvels are a powerful vehicle for female empowerment. We also examine the vision of Nthabeleng Likotsi, executive chairperson and founder of the Young Women in Business Network, which started out as an informal stokvel and is now a co-operative financial institution for black entrepreneurs.

We introduce you to the achievements of Aarti Takoordeen, the astute CFO of the JSE.

We provide insights on the drive of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UN Women.

We interview Leanne Manas in a frank Q & A – one of the most recognisable faces in national media today, she is also a committed gender parity spokeswoman.

Finally – as we do every year – we take a researched, objective look at the current status of gender parity – how well are we faring in South Africa, BRICS and worldwide?

See you in the pages of this year’s must-read Top Women publication soon.

 

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