Quote from Alta:
I hope by telling my story entitled, Turning Violation into Victory, and by reaching out to those in need that I will provide encouragement to never give up and to let every survivor out there know they are never alone. My quote to you:
The most important thing I have learnt from the experiences in my life is that no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless you feel, there is always a way out; you just have to believe in yourself, trust God and believe that everything in life happens for a reason – and above all NEVER GIVE UP!
ANGELIQUE DU TOIT’S INTRODUCTION TO ALTA’S STORY WHICH FORMS PART OF HER BOOK “WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU WAITING FOR”:
“When I heard Alta McMaster’s story, I found it difficult to merge this life-story with the woman I saw before me – she is dignified, confident and quietly ambitious. A woman who continues to spend her time doing everything she can to attempt in whatever way she can to reduce the trauma of rape victims. Alta doesn’t count the cost. She sows tirelessly and liberally, rallying the cause of rape victims. She inspires other women to come on board, as well as corporates and charity organizations. The use of social media to source donations and to request people to contribute items for the comfort pack project is a daily focus. These items are delivered to various victim empowerment centers and rape trauma centers, so that every rape victim can leave feeling a little more dignified after the traumatic investigation of their plight. It is people like Alta, the people I call the unsung heroes of our nation, who makes a daily difference to the lives that would otherwise be left unloved and untouched. This is a story of bravery that is required to face the truth, take action, to stand tall and live life, determined to create a new pathway, to see the dawning of a new day, and to not lose heart, even when you feel you have no heart left.”
Alta’s life story and her deep passion to provide help and encouragement to survivors lead her on the path to become the Founder of the Epic Foundation (and acronym for Empowering People in Crisis) and motivational speaker. Being a rape survivor herself gave her a deep understanding of how lonely and helpless one can feel if no-one reaches out a helping hand. She also still works for PwC as their Global Mobility Manager on a flexible work arrangement to allow her time to fit in the work for the Epic Foundation. Although she started projects from her home in October 2010 Epic was registered in April 2013.
Alta was nominated for Primedia’s Lead SA hero of the month for the month of June 2013 for the work she has been doing in Gauteng province assisting survivors of rape and abuse via various projects and initiatives. She was also selected as one of the Top 100 with Difference Makers International.
Her aim from the start was to expand the scope of the projects and initiatives to be able to have more impact not just in Gauteng but also in the other provinces in South Africa. Since 2013 she has added many projects and initiatives and the organization is still growing. Her vision of providing service over the entire South Africa was also realized with the support to the Netcare hospitals over our country who provides free services to rape victims.
Anita Jack is an experienced Marketing Professional and has worked in various companies such as Makro, Bantex, Woman & Home magazine, and Discovery.
She became very ill in 2012 and through her journey of recovery, she discovered her passion for helping others lead a healthy and fulfilled life. Since then, Anita has qualified as a Kinesiologist, a Master Life Coach, and an Exercise Specialist.
Anita is passionate about wellness, not only physical wellness though, but holistic wellness. Holistic wellness encompasses body, mind, career, relationships, family, finance, and even spirituality. As all these aspects are important to a person’s well-being. She thrives on empowering and elevating people to reach their full potential in all areas of their lives.
Anita is a member of the Association of Specialised Kinesiologists of South Africa, a member of the International Coach Federation, a member of MENSA, and an Ambassador for Business Networking International.
Anita has developed a variety of talks and workshops on topics related to holistic wellness and self-discovery, to help you unlock your full potential and live your best life.
Anita is also one of the Woman of Stature “Impact Circle” trainers.
Contact Anita for a keynote presentation, an informal talk, a tailor-made workshop to meet your company’s objectives, or even a fun team building workshop for your staff.
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Ann Ligman absorbs knowledge like a sponge, continually learning from everyone and everything in her immediate environment and selflessly sharing it with those deprived from opportunity or resources to learn. It is her life's mission to transfer knowledge and her passion for sharing information to empower the individual was cultivated from childhood.
Ann never played with typical girl toys but always sat down her childhood friends in a makeshift classroom "teaching" them. During the heat of township violence against apartheid education systems, she often find herself playing the role of teacher to her classmates as white teachers could not enter townships without risking their lives. To gain her matriculation exemption for first degree studies, she signed up subjects not offered at her local high school and through self-study achieved her goal being amongst the first non-whites to be absorbed in the formerly white only University of Port Elizabeth.
Ann is the only graduate from her family of 12 siblings. Her, dad, a former farm worker changed state general worker at Water Affairs and her mother, a former domestic worker turned house executive, always believed in her future as a school teacher including community leaders. However, she choose an unknown path much to the shock and surprise of community leaders who tried to convince her otherwise as the family lacked financial resources for tertiary education trying to impose a state teacher's Bursary on her. Ann chose commercial studies instead paying for her own fees initially through income earned from her entrepreneurial initiatives at high school and secured a Coca-Cola Bursary in her first year which she later forfeited when her studies was interrupted due to illness. She returned the following year with a TEFSA Bursary loan from Kagiso Trust which converted to a NSFAS Bursary loan.
She actively participated in campus church activity, ran the campus church bookshop and during breaks did outreach amongst the destitute living on the streets transferring knowledge through one-on-one counselling, drama, spiritual dancing and miming.
As a professional, mentoring and coaching formed an integral part of her day as employers soon recognised her natural ability to teach and transfer knowledge. Against all odds, despite her poverty stricken small town background, Ann make a break into the professional World of Corporate Accounting (a white male dominated environment historically) and acquired several qualifications whilst building her career and starting a family. She kept on with her educational initiatives doing coaching programmes amongst members of previously disadvantaged communities from her home study and fro.
Through these community give back activities the Pawback brand was born, focusing initially on children and professionals with special learning needs and currently focus entirely on training and development, coaching and mentoring in emerging entrepreneurial business.
Ann uses all sorts of media to bring her message across, selflessly providing both radio and television learning content on demand free of charge. She has over 7500 entrepreneurs and professionals benefiting from her Whatsapp entrepreneurial information-sharing broadcasts and Facebook groups. Pawback CSI gave birth out of necessity to the Aiona Foundation focusing on helping 75% poverty stricken entrepreneurial communities with learning and access to information that can change their dire, helpless situations.
She reads her own story in snippets of struggling entrepreneurial stories, especially those of Women Standing Alone. As an Aspiring bestselling author, books forms an integral part of her world and it is thus not surprising that her current projects includes writing an entrepreneurial guide for Aiona Foundation beneficiaries based on intimate knowledge gained through her travelling educational programmes amongst rural entrepreneurs. She is also writing her life story to inspire existing and aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs, sharing her extremely challenging and painful life's journey and entrepreneurial journey in an empowering and uplifting manner.
Ann is a practising Messianic Judaistic believer whose faith ultimately helps to maintain her sanity in an, at times, demoralising and destructively painful quest for entrepreneurial success.
Ann’s Facebook Bio reads: "Just a country girl groomed in urban corporate for rural empowerment”.
I am grateful for my experiential life journey and as I navigated the different landscapes ,my life purpose unfolded whilst I delivered my mother's eulogy and International Inspiring Women Network Foundation was birthed to rebuild the feminine energy. Our feminine energy is not separate as our cultures often positions logic as king, our academic, corporate, business and spiritual inner work The emotional and spiritual connection with inner work are fuel for empowerment and extraordinary worldly achievement!
I am passionate about accelerating the pace of change in our Youth and Women by sharing my unique practical wisdom gained through my diverse experiences gained in Corporate and as an Entrepreneur. I believe through collaboration and collectivism we can change and impact more lives.
As the Founding President of IIWNF, President of VRP , we have begun to break the poverty cycle and build empowered communities through our NGO programs:
Youth Education Programme (YEP) to equip 400 000 youth emotionally to build a better life.
Vintage Recycling Programme (VRP) to provide training and craft skills to establish 3000 microenterprises.
MY PLEDGE IS TO EMPOWER WOMEN AND THE YOUTH
My message to every woman is:
" Powerful Woman, YOU reach deep into your power of vulnerability and authenticity! Permit yourself to be real, to rise up to your full potential! IIWNF embraces you, honours you, celebrates you, and urges you to accept your past without regrets, handle your present with confidence, face your future without fear! That's the way to live, really live, wouldn't you say?"
I am Ayanda Mafuleka, and I am 37 years of age. I hail from the most beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal; I was born in Umlazi, south of Durban.
"I am very passionate about woman empowerment. I am where I am today because of the women who believed and invested in me. I surround myself with women who pushed me to achieve and I spent time reading about other women who are ‘woman of substance and stature’ in their own right like Sindi Mabaso-Koyana, Lesego Sennelo, Nonkululeko Gobodo, Nonhlanhla Khumalo, and Dr Judy Dlamini. I always strive to do the same for other women who come after me. I mentor young and old women in and outside my team as much as I can.
“What the mind conceives, it can achieve”
After I matriculated and I studied for a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Accounting at UKZN. After graduating with a BCom degree, I started my career in Finance working at Transnet, for various business units namely, Spoornet as Professional Officer, National Ports Authority as Finance Reporting Manager, and Transtel, as Accounts Manager. I then joined Sunflower Housing Company, social housing company of Anglo Platinum as Management Accountant where I was responsible for establishing the finance department. I then joined the South African Post Office, as Senior Financial Manager. Whilst working I was studying towards BCom Honours (CTA) to pursue a qualification in Chartered Accountancy (CA). I resigned to join the National Treasury to complete CA articles and I qualified in 2012. After qualifying as a CA, I worked for the Department of Home Affairs as Director: Finance, after 3 years joined Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo and GM: Finance. In 2014 at a tender age of 34 years I was appointed by the National Credit Regulator (NCR) as CFO. With effect from 1 February 2018 I was appointed as the CFO of African Exploration, Mining and Finance Corporation SOC Ltd.
Throughout my career of 15 years in finance, I have always strived to leave a mark and I have left legacies of clean audits, sound financial management of turning around an entity from a deficit to a surplus position, put in effective processes and controls as well as governance structures. I always lead A-teams and I make sure that I excel in my area of expertise.
During my tenure at the NCR I started quarterly ‘Tea with the CFO’ sessions where we tackle women issues enjoy empowering my colleagues in financial and budget related issues. I still keep up to date and contribute in academia through marking assignments for a particular university. Throughout the years I have been associated with organisations such as African Women Chartered Accountants, BMF and ABASA.
Outside of work, I have been involved in youth related activities in church, where I am part of the team that plans Annual Career Expo for young people in the Vaal. I have been a volunteer for SAICA to observe municipality elections in 2016. I have been part of the women movement called ‘’Women Who Stand in Prayer’’ where we meet monthly in Alberton to empower and impart wisdom in the spiritual matters.
I am a mother of three (3) children, 2 girls and a boy. I am a child of God before anything."
I live by this saying from Mahatma Gandhi ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’
My women empowerment programme includes motivational speaking, dance, yoga and self-defence for beginners. The motivational speaking includes affirmations which we can use to keep reminding ourselves of how appreciative we should be of all the wonderful aspects of our lives. The dance includes 2-step, Indian and belly dance. I have been dancing since the age of 8 so it is in my blood and I love to share the joy and happiness it brings to me. The self defence is the basics on the different manoeuvres a woman can use to defend herself during an attack.
As I began my journey in Miss Earth South Africa I realized my calling was to help other women achieve greatness.
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Bohlokwa Hloki Matlosa is a Media Studies graduate with a major in radio and she also holds a diploma in Public Relations. She is currently a radio content producer on SAfmRadio and a Plus-size model. After interning at SAfmRadio she produced Intune (The Youth Show) on weekends and now produces Afternoon Talk with Ashraf Garda on Weekdays, 14:00 – 16:00. She has been producing the show since January 2015.
“As a radio producer all I want to do is tell great stories and inspire listeners through other people’s amazing life journeys and experiences.’’
Bohlokwa is passionate about women empowerment but first, girl empowerment, she believes it’s important that we start them young. “Young girls need to be taught from an early age to love themselves, chase their dreams and know that they can achieve whatever it is they want, through hard work and believing in themselves. Having hosted powerful women like, Wendy Appelbaum, Dr Judy Dlamini, Dr Snowy Khoza amongst many others has shown me that nothing comes easy but that you work hard and you persevere. Being a very quiet and reserved child held me back from doing so much but I later realised that only I can make things happen for myself and that’s when the radio door amongst many others opened.”
Bohlokwa has been featured in publications like Drum Magazine, Essays of Africa Magazine, which had DJ Zinhle on the cover where she shared her career journey. She made Top 4 of the the Khosi Nkosi First Plus Size Model Search in 2013 and also walked the Soweto Fashion Week ramp in 2016. She has also been on platforms like YOTV talking about body image, body positivity and colourism. She featured in the #BeautifulPowerfulYOU campaign with Destiny Connect where she shared the turning point in her life. “ I have just completed a programme in Individual Voice & Pronunciation at the Voice Clinic. I decided to take this up because I am looking to get behind the mic and as well as get on screen.”
Apart from being inspired by her mother and grandmother, she looks up to phenomenal women (in Maya Angelou’s words) Michelle Obama, Redi Thlabi ,Viola Davis, Masechaba Mtolo and Oprah. “They are hardworking women who through their different inspirational journeys and successes have paved the way for other young women.” she says
“As a radio producer all I want to do is tell great stories and inspire listeners through other people's amazing life journeys and experiences.’’– Bohlokwa Matlosa
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About Brenda and Beautiful Life:
Combining my own personal experience and those of my clients, I realise that we as women need to learn how to tap into our inner power and beauty in order for us to truly value and love ourselves as unique individuals. This inspired me to start a home-based beauty studio and Image Coaching business to help ladies to discover themselves and find the courage to reveal their tremendous potential to others.
I am extremely passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge with others in the hope that I can inspire all South African women to rise up using their gentle feminine POWER, which in turn enables not only themselves but also others around them, to live a life of purpose.
We focus on building long lasting relationships with our clients through providing objective and professional services according to their needs.
Our insight into the dynamic operations of modern day businesses and the service we endeavour to provide set us apart from the rest. We value the relationships we develop with our clients and strive to make them grow from strength to strength as we provide services covering all aspects of the operations of their businesses. For more information visit: www.brendmo.co.za.
About Brenda and her company:
My father started his accounting business when I was well in my teens. As I was older and more mature I realized the challenges that came with it but also experienced the beauty of running it. I realized the significance it had even on us, his family. People associated us with the success that came with my father, even when we were not involved in the running of the business. Out of this experience, I also wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, be the last hope to those that would have thrown in the towel. Starting my own business also meant having the flexibility to be there for my children, to see them grow and guide them through to be responsible adults.
The culture at university and during my articles associated success with powerful careers. Starting a business was associated with risks and unrewarded hard work as well as frustrations. During that time starting my own business was just an idea more than a reality. I also realized that in the accounting and auditing field, flexibility is merely a dream. The long hours and challenges meant that the difference and impact I always wanted would not be achieved in that setup. My friend and co-business partner Mollen Mukuze sparked my idea and challenged us to start a business. This revived my dream. It was a scary experience but I jumped into it as my inner goal was bigger than anything. Thank God I listened to my inner heart . At that point I didn’t have much to lose, being someone who had just finished articles and I didn’t have job commitments. I decided that the only time to build my business was then...
Brendmo Incorporated was born after writing our final qualifying exams in 2014 with only articles to show for experience. Looking back, that was a brave and bold decision we took. With no managerial or high corporate experience it was merely faith that drove us. God blessed us exceedingly as we both passed and qualified as CAs when Brendmo Incorporated was already in the initiation stage. I came to realize that it’s not the have’s that drive but rather the determination and zeal to have. l have since grown my business as well as an individual.
“I am grateful to family and friends for making me realise my dream. I am thankful to WOS for creating a platform to grow our business to greater heights and make a significance to people’s lives. Limitations do not have control over the greatness in us. To those who truly believe in themselves, anything is possible.”