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BRENDA HURUDZA – Brendmo Inc – Accounting and Business Services
Our company is a dynamic and professional entity offering high quality consulting services in finance, accounting, audit, tax and training services to individuals, small and medium sized enterprises.
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.”

http://www.brendmo.co.za
+27 82 492 6054
brendab@brendmo.co.za
BUYISIWE KHOZA – Inqaba Yokulinda Youth Organisation
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Woman in Education'

Audrey Buyisiwe Khoza, is a social activist with her heart rooted in developing, empowering and uplifting the youth. Her passion to see young individuals developed is actioned through ensuring Education, Transformation and Skills Development further empower the South African youth.

Ms Khoza is resilient, tenacious, persuasive, innovative, strategic and a clear leader. She has a passion for community development especially for young people who are our national asset from school level up to graduate level. She is supportive, active and visible in programmes done at grass-root level. She has the ability to develop, interpret and implement policies, strategies and legislation. She holds the following Qualification’s: Project Management, National Marketing Diploma, Assessor, Degree in Occupational Directed Education, Training and Development Practices, Business Communication and Business Management (City & Guilds of London) and Business Administration. She is a John Maxwell Accredited Facilitator.

Her unquenchable thirst to bring change goes beyond just the influence of existing organisations, but extends out to transforming the communities reached. It was for this reason she launched Inqaba Yokulinda Youth Organisation, a Non-Profit Organisation that has been an enthusiastic driver, a point of contact in transforming the lives of young people within the country, for over 14 years. Her desire to see change will further aid in her quest to not only give hope to young individuals, but will contribute towards the eradication of poverty among the youth of our country by providing a means to have youth become active contributors to society, one neighbour at a time. Over the years, Ms Khoza has been part of the cogs of youth development within the country by leading the youth through a journey of self-discovery.

Ms Khoza has intentionally strived to be in spaces where her impact could further benefit others, such as serving in the Presidential Youth Working Group, being an adjudicator for the National Lotteries Commission for Beneficiary & Staff Awards and forming partnerships with entities such as the National Youth Development Agency for the utilisation of their local youth branches for further reach and impact of programs implemented. Inqaba is a Cisco Academy under the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and its Accredited with the ETDP SETA for Youth Practitioner NQL4 and NQL5.

She was also nominated by the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD) to be part of the Reference Group for a 3 year feasibility study on Youth Community Service funded by DHET. Ms Khoza and the organisation were nominated for the Big Time BBQ Awards, in 2017.

Prior to serving as CEO for (IYYO), she was the Provincial Project Manager for a Special Program in the Gauteng Province called the Integrated Community Based Services Programme (ICBS) reporting to the HOD from the Department of Health. Her role was to integrate the community-based services rendered by 11 different Gauteng Provincial Government Departments at local level through community structures, with the intention of improving service delivery and eliminating duplication when services are delivered to individuals and households.

Her most recent partnership with Orlando Pirates Football Club, steered the successful running of an after school program which has assisted 1200 primary school pupils in subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Economics. The desire to continue to see more young individuals benefit from programs that Inqaba Yokulinda coordinates, will pioneer the launching of Learning Centres in KZN, Free State and Mpumalanga by August 2018.

CAROL PIENAAR, LT. COL. – South African Police Services
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Woman in Community'

I hold the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and I am currently the Head Administration at Krugersdorp SAPS. I am also part of the management team at the police station.

I have received 8 medals during 35 years service and I am currently one of the highest decorated females in the South African Police Service.

I like to share my knowledge and being a mentor to juniors fills me with pride. If I can share knowledge to change the life of one person today, I have achieved my goal in life.

I believe that you live by the choices you make in life and people are my passion.

More about Carol:

I am the proud mother of four outstanding children, aged 31,25,21 and 20.  I joined the South African Police Service in 1983 after I matriculated at the Afrikaans High School, Sasolburg in 1982.

I furthered my studies in the police and obtained my National Diploma in Police Administration at the Technikon SA. During my basic training I was trained as a lifeguard and registered at the NRSI, National Sea Rescue Institute. I wanted to do VIP Protection and was one of the first women in the SAPS to be trained by the Special Task Force in VIP protection.

After being transferred I worked on a border post, and received a medal for Combating of Terrorism for duties rendered.

I was then  transferred  to a station environment where I have been assigned duties such as acting Station Commander and various other duties .In 1992 I was transferred to Gauteng where I worked at the child protection unit for a while and Krugersdorp Area Commissioner.

During 2001, I was trained as a Hostage Negotiator and was an active hostage negotiator for 9 years, during such time I started focusing on trauma debriefing. I was one of the primary debriefers at the Jeppe’s Town massacre. I received numerous commendations from the Provincial Commissioner and Area Commissioner as Hostage Negotiator. In 2004 I qualified as an EMD, or ambulance assistant. During the Kagiso massacre I did not only assist as trauma debriefer but also as medic for family members who could not cope during the memorial service. During the Nic Diedericks sword murder, I debriefed the ambulance men who attended the scene and was one of the trauma debriefers for the school children.

During 2017, I was the winner in the category best administration officer level 8-12 in the West Rand Cluster at the Cluster Awards. I am the 2nd runner up in Gauteng in the Provincial Excellence Awards for the best administration officer level 8-12 in Gauteng. During May 2017 I won the Leadership Award at the international conference for Women in Law Enforcement, presented by the Intelligence Transfer Centre.

I have been nominated by the International Police Association South Africa this year for the Arthur Troop Scholarship in Germany 2019 .

I participate in sport as much as possible and was the SADTA ballroom champion in my age group in 2015.  I love cycling and swimming when possible.

CATHERINE VAN HEERDEN – Thinking Dynamics
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Entrepreneur of the Year'

Catherine is driven by her passion for people and her obsession with adding value to Business, Corporates, Entrepreneurs and Individuals.  She holds a Master’s degree in Psychology and is currently enrolled to complete her PhD in The Science of Human Transformation processes.  This is through the Open Commonwealth University in the UK.  She has developed a therapy model for people who are ‘stuck’ and who find it very difficult or challenging to implement changes in their worlds filled with complexities.  The model is titled ‘Getting Unstuck’.  Her research paper is to be submitted during 2018.

She founded a training and development business almost 22 years ago, called Thinking Dynamics which offers a wide variety of training programmes in the areas of business strategy, facilitation, leadership development and improved team performance.

Catherine is an internationally accredited master trainer for Dr. Edward de Bono in South Africa.  


Catherine has worked with various corporations such as the JSE, Coca Cola, The Foschini Group, South African Reserve Bank, Nedbank Ltd. Standard Bank, Sasol, John Deere, Emerald Casino Hotel, Heineken, Novo Nordisk, Hollard, Hensoldt, SAAB, Absa Bank, WBHO Construction, Unisa, University of Pretoria, Oceana Group and many others.  The value Catherine brings to her clients is evident in the repeat business and long-term relationships she has formed over the years.  She is also highly sought after as an Executive Coach to various CEO’s and other senior leaders in this country.

She is delightful and creative as a speaker / presenter and has addressed audiences at various local and international conferences and gatherings on a variety of subjects including personal, relational and business transformation.

Her latest international speaking engagement took place in Orlando, Florida, United States, addressing an audience of 2000 people representing various businesses from over 70 different countries.

Catherine was furthermore the designated psychologist to work with South African Woman’s Magazine on a variety of subjects relating to personal wellness and effectiveness. Catherine has been instrumental in assisting women who have struggled to lose weight and guiding them through a journey she calls ‘Emotional Weight Loss’.  Catherine has over the past four years been a witness to the power of such an intervention and how this empowers women to change the way they live and make decisions resulting in inward and outward transformation that is real and sustainable.  To further her reach and help more women, Catherine has created an e-Book which guides women through the journey of emotional weight-loss in a practical way.

She has written and published various articles for the magazine over the past four years.  She has furthermore published and co-authored a total of 4 books.

Her most recent appointment (1 February 2018) has been that of the Managing Director of a subsidiary company named Foursight South Africa.  It is her responsibility to manage 15 small entrepreneurial businesses to deliver results to the holding company named 4Sight Holdings, listed at the JSE during 2017.  She is therefore responsible to manage a total of  20 businesses.

Her philosophy of life is to travel light and take with you just what you need, inspiration comes as and when you can give it to others and to embrace change as it is sure to happen.

She loves addressing groups of women especially and has done so as a non-paid guest speaker helping to raise funds for charity and all kinds of intentions.

Catherine is a proud mom of 2 wonderful boys aged at 24 and 9 years old, loves her family and friends, the outdoors, new adventures, gets lost in good books and regards herself as an enthusiastic partaker of life, one grateful for every opportunity awarded to her.

CHERISE VERMEULEN – Media Creations
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Woman in Media'

Over the last 4 years, Cherise was personally responsible for writing, producing and directing a TV series for children in Africa, called KidsHubTV. This television series was aimed at teaching children good moral and social values in a fun and meaningful manner. Cherise’s vision was to use non-professionals from local communities, so that they would have an opportunity to be trained in media skills “on the job”.  Not only were all nine of the children on set amateurs, Cherise and her team of production staff also trained each one of the presenters in basic presenting and media skills, thereby providing them with invaluable skills for school and life. The children were exposed to media skills, such as camera operation, sound and assisting in other production tasks. The TV series was broadcast in South Africa, Malawi and Kenya, and was recently highlighted at the Global Children’s Forum as the standard by which children’s programmes can be produced.  This television series gave birth to a number of other initiatives that are aimed at making an impact for children in the media industry, and empowering the leaders of tomorrow.

Cherise was recently featured in Finesse Magazine for her work in media among the children of South Africa through KidsHubTV.

She founded and launched the Children’s Film Movement (CFM), in 2017, where she is currently training children in the Western Cape, aged 6-17 the art of skillfully using media, empowering them to believe that they too have a voice that must be heard. Children are taught the art of identifying good media and how to create their own media to tell stories of hope and inspiration. These stories are coming from the local communities to bring South African children a vision of a future that they can dream of, and be proud of. Children are becoming increasingly excited as they learn the dangers of social media, as well as how they can take control of media in their own lives, instead of allowing media and social media to control them. NGOs focused on children’s ministry as well as churches are asking for the training as they see the impact it is making in the lives of children.

“I believe with all my heart, that if we value the children of South Africa, and SHOW them that we value them, by investing in their skills, these children will grow up with the same value set, and ultimately live lives that impact their community.  It is my absolute passion and goal in life to fulfil God’s purposes for my generation, and to leave a legacy of children who are encouraged to dream of a future that they can shape.”

 

https://www.facebook.com/MediaCreationsProductions/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/mediacreationstrust/
@cherise_mediacreations
https://www.instagram.com/cherise_mediacreations/

+27 83 395 4588
CHRISTINELLE ESTERHUIZEN – Huizen Accounting

The Huizen group caters for most financial administration requirements, on a wide range of levels. Our referrals include business associates in diverse fields that provide training, financial advice, legal advice, estate planning, short term insurance and a range of related services.The two principal partners oversee the full operations of the group whilst providing specialised support in their respective areas of expertise.

About Christinelle:

Christinelle is a wife and mother of a 5 year old boy. She is currently an accountant at Huizen Accounting and completed her SAIPA PE exam, earning her the designation of Professional Accountant (SA).

She received both her B.Com Accounting and B.Com (Hons) Financial Management degrees from the University of Johannesburg, where she also worked as a Financial Business Partner within the Budget and Project Management Division from January 2010 till May 2016.

In April 2015, she was promoted to Acting Team Leader: Support services where she managed 5 staff members.

In June 2016, she decided to spread her wings and gained some experience as a Financial Coach/Advisor where she utilised her financial knowledge, experience and skills and made a difference to the lives of her clients by assisting them in making informed financial decisions.

In March 2017, she joined the family business, taking her back to her roots as an Accountant, as that is what she is passionate about.

 

http://www.huizen.co.za/
Landline: +27(0) 11 674 3833 / Cell: +27(0) 76 990 7513
accounts1@huizen.co.za
CINDY DIAMOND – Group Sales Director, Mediamark
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Woman in Media'

Cindy’s life draws a parallel to her surname, Diamond, in that it is multi-faceted, but each facet plays an equally important role in her life.  Starting off her career over 20 years ago with a degree in psychology, Cindy’s drive for understanding the human psyche still remains her passion and has set her in good stead in all areas of her life.

As Mediamark’s Group Sales Director and one of the founders, Cindy Diamond leads top sales teams tasked to craft multichannel advertising solutions for brands. Cindy has been instrumental in Mediamark’s transformation from a radio sales house to a media results company drawing on the benefits of radio, digital, TV, content and events, including events and activations. Under her management, Mediamark has won numerous industry awards, recognising their sales excellence, innovation and successful campaign results.

More about Cindy:

Cindy is a wife and mother of 3 children and ensures she is always very involved in her family’s life providing a constant presence as well as strong support to both her husband and children. Even though her schedule is hectic and there is often not enough hours in the day, each day, Cindy still finds time for a session at the gym as well as a moment of prayer, strongly believing in a healthy body, soul and mind.

Cindy excels in all spheres of her life, with not one facet achieving less attention than the next. Her passion for a quick thrill saw her summiting Kilimanjaro as well as engaging in activities such as rock climbing and open water canoeing.

In her downtime, you will find her and her family actively engaged in outdoor activities, whether it be riding with their Harley Davison motorcycle Club, cheering her kids on the sports field or simply relaxing with her friends and family over a fine single malt.

Cindy Diamond is an exceptionally gifted leader who can inspire and lead people to achieve amazing things. Following in her late father’s footsteps, Cindy entrenches herself in community based projects, ranging from youth counselling and women mentoring to fund raising initiatives for social development and change.

She is an asset to her company and a reliable, honest and fair leader to her team.  Cindy is not afraid to jump into the trenches and join the infantry. As a General, she commands respect and despite her success and achievements over the years, Cindy remains humble, considerate and sincere.

 

"A true Diamond – multi-faceted and multi talented"

CINDY ROSS – General Manager, The Jala Peo Foundation
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: Woman in Community

Cindy is a Board member and currently the General Manager of The Jala Peo Foundation, a sports-for-social-change initiative she helped found.

More about Cindy:

Cindy is an admitted attorney, running a boutique legal consultancy called Imani Consult, that specializes in Labour Relations, Employment Equity and Farming Related Consulting.

Cindy recently left corporate and finished at Omnia Group were she headed the labour relations, employment equity and BBEE for South Africa and its international countries and now runs her own consultancy.

She further served on EXCO and the operations committee for the National Bargaining Council for the Chemical Industry of South Africa.

Cindy recently accepted a position to be a trustee for the Mineworkers Investment Trust (Part of NUM the trade union).

She has won PPS Woman of the Year 2015, Brand SA- Owami recognition award 2016, top 4 finalist for the Africa region for the Commonwealth Youth Worker Awards 2016, and L'oreal Women of Worth SA Honouree 2016/2017.

 

CLAUDINA HAFENSCHER – Annique Health and Beauty
'Uplifting communities by eradicating the hopelessness of being jobless'

I am:  An innovator, giver and teacher
My purpose on earth is:  To inspire and motivate people by sharing my skills, knowledge and experience, through Training, Facilitating and sharing of business opportunities
I value: Passion, honesty and challenges

About Claudina and her business:

A surname she always refers to as to “HAVE AND SHARE” sums up of exactly how this professional and dynamic woman is managing her personal, spiritual and business life. With her strong personality, humble and eager spirit to learn from every new experience, as well as her driven positivity and perseverance to succeed, she taken on new challenges and sees it as part of constant growing.

Claudina is actively involved with career planning at school level, through facilitation in co-operation with the NGO, Brainwave Careers, touching the lives of rural, township and city high school boys and girls from grade 8 to 12 by assisting them in planning their future careers. Due to her involvement in corporate social investment projects in rural and township areas over the last 10 years she has discovered how easily people fall trap to the “GIVE ME” spirit and lose hope in becoming self-sufficient......and this is where the “ROOIBOS” miracle started making sense. She promotes the Annique Rooibos Opportunity, from both a health and financial benefit perspective, to every willing and driven person, as an opportunity to make a healthy, honest and self-sufficient living.

Her Milestone Achievements:

Music Grade 8 piano and Grade 5 in church organ
Diploma in Food and Clothing technology
Qualified as a Educational Kinesiologist
Entrepreneur
Facilitator
Motivational Speaker
Annique Consultant

............and most of all a Mother, a Wife and a Friend ………

Facebook link: @haveandshare (Life changing Opportunity)

+27 82 802 5941
COLLEEN LARSEN – CE, Business Engage Association NPC
Woman of Stature ‘Woman of the Year 2018’ Winner: Director's Award

Colleen is CE of Business Engage Association NPC, a South African based organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector. 

As a speaker and an author on the subject, Colleen is one of the leading voices for the sustainable advancement of women in the corporate and entrepreneurial space in South Africa today using the business case as a basis for transformation.


More about Colleen:

She was the first chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network Ltd., an initiative of the Department of Trade & Industry.

She is also
- Founder of the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (www.genderawards.co.za).
- President of the 30% Club Southern Africa, a global organisation of chairmen and other senior business leaders publicly committed to achieving 30% women on boards together with the associated pipeline within a default period of five years.
- a member of the Global Board Ready Women Initiative.
- Co-Chair Women Corporate Directors
- Member of the IWFSA
She
- has represented BUSA at Nedlac in negotiating the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill
- was a representative on the steering committee for International Labour Organisation Programme on Gender.
- is one of only eleven ILO cadre in South Africa accredited as an expert in women entrepreneurship development
- is accredited by the ILO to carry out internationally researched gender reviews.
- previously headed 85 Broads Southern Africa – a multi-cultural, multi-generational international network of over 28 000 trailblazing, visionary women
- was a founding member of New Faces New Voices – a group established by Mrs Graça Machel to uplift women in the financial services industry & facilitate access to finance for women.

Colleen is a prolific networker, organiser and visionary.

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