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ALTA McMASTER – CEO, The Epic Foundation
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year' Finalist 2018: 'Woman in Community'

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!


“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.
ANUSHA SINGH – IIWNF – Trailblazer, Social Entrepreneur, Businesswoman
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: Woman in Community

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 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?"


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.

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.


CRESELDAH NDLOVU – Yesu I Hosi Project, Orphanage
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: 'Woman in Community'
Speaker| Author| Pastor| Entrepreneur|Community Builder|Wife and Mother of three girls

More about Creseldah:

Theology graduate, interior deco and fashion designer.
Bcom student with UNISA.
For her love for Community Building she completed the following courses:  Introduction to Nonprofit Sector, Nonprofit Organization, Nonprofit Leadership & Governance through SUNY (The University of New York)


Mentoring young girls and women empowerment programs, named “Girls-Talk”
Founder of Yesu i Hosi Projects, Orphanage” more than 1000 beneficiaries.
Creseldah Educational Foundations founder , educational support to needy learners more than 3000 beneficiaries
Sending learners to Universities to further their studies despite their family backgrounds.
Founder of Bushbuckridge Community Heroes Awards- Honouring people who are caring legacy and spirit of ubuntu in Bushbuckridge region
Provided “Washable & reusable” sanitary towels to more than 5000 needy girls.
Skills development programs. Sewing & beading. Job creation.
Entrepreneur- Job creation.

 Awards & Accolades:

2008- Received Mpumalanga Premier Youth Excellence award.
2011- NYDA (National youth development Agency)-Youth Excellency award
2012- Mama Beka Community awards for Community service
2013 -Profiled in a BOOK of Prominent women in Africa.
2014-Women4Africa Recognition Award-London-UK 10th May 2014
2014- Founder- Bushbuckridge Community Heroes Awards to honour & recognize people of BBR .
People recognised includes; Mr Sam Nzima (Man captured Hector Peterson’s Picture, 1976)
SA Idols Winner-Karabo Mogane
2014-Received Recognition Award: Mpumalanga Premier DD Mabuza-for Social Development
Finalists Top 7, ANN7 Awards- Spirit of Humanity category.
2015- Received Phenomenal Woman Award in Newcastle KZN.’ Community Builder’
2016- Received Humanitarian Award by Sunrise women Awards
2016 November- Appreciation Awards ‘Foot Prints of the Legends’ SABC MLFM radio
2017- TOP 10 finalists on LO’real Paris Women of worth Awards.

Author-Books published

Title- Your Background is not your future’ 2012 dedicated to orphans
Title- Darkest Hour’ 2015
Title- Know your Enemy’ to be released in Feb 2018

DAKSHA RAMJAWAN – Famram Foundation / Princess D
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: Youth Ambassador

Daksha believes in empowering the youth in the work that she undertakes to enhance socio-economic development. She is a typical difference maker; transformational role model and the youth look up to her.

Daksha is currently employed as a Marketing Executive at Famram Solutions. As the Marketing Executive she takes steps in order to measure, enhance and enrich the role and image of Famram Solutions through various goals and objectives.

As a Director of Famram Foundation she is instrumental in empowering, uplifting and providing CSI solutions enhancing socio-economic development. She is directly involved by handing out/training the youth on the menstrual cup as it is a sustainable solution for menstruation because impoverished girls miss school for up to 7 days in a month.

Early in 2016, her mum launched her own PrincessD Menstrual Cup (named after Daksha) which is cost-effective, eco-friendly and hygienic. Currently the product is available in 20 countries and 50 pharmacies in South Africa. To date she has assisted in changing the lives of thousands of school girls “keeping girls in school”, by distributing/educating girls in 22 schools in South Africa.

Daksha has just been invited to the Women Economic Forum (WEF) 2018 for a global award “Young Leaders Creating a Better World for All” to be conferred in New Delhi in April. She will also be speaking on Youth Empowerment at two sessions, on two different topics at the Women Economic Forum.

+27 76 951 2747
JAYSHREE PADAYATCHEY – CEO, JRP Socder Projects (Pty) Ltd.
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Category Winner: Woman in Community

Jayshree Padayatchey is passionate about developing Women and Youth into Entrepreneurs, specifically within Townships and Informal Settlements.   With over 25 years’ experience in Community Development, she excels in mobilizing and motivating impoverished individuals and Communities to empower themselves through Economic Development Programmes which she customizes.  She designed and conducted a number of resource mobilization initiatives and gave guidance to NGOs for private public partnerships.  She is an expert in Asset-Based Community Driven Economic- Development, currently utilsed in different South African spheres, to engage communities and mobilize them to drive their own economic development.

More about Jayshree Padayatchey:

Jayshree is the CEO of JRP Socder Projects Pty Ltd.   The Company was established in Gauteng and was formed in May 2014, with the major objective of empowering women to drive their own economic development by providing them with access to high quality entrepreneurship coaching, skills development as well as access to both networks and markets that can assist them to grow their markets and brands, as well as promoting microfranchising.  The company was formed in 2014 when Jayshree was 44 years old, but started operating in 2015.

Jayshree is a Community Economic Development expert, an Entrepreneurship Specialist, and a Micro-Franchise Consultant who worked for both International and Local NGO’s, Government and the Private Sector across South Africa.  In August 2010 she started a journey to explore and create an awareness for Microfranchising in South Africa.  She started researching and meeting up with various Government organizations to have discussion around the concept which has culminated in a three year Programme to Microfranchise 15 businesses.

She is also an SMME Expert Coach and Mentor, working with SMMEs to set up,  optimize, re-engineer and assist small businesses with access to markets and funding.

As the CEO of her company JRP Socder Projects Pty Ltd,  she  is currently in the process of empowering 100 women by creating 10 co-operative businesses in  Lotus Gardens, a Township in Pretoria, Gauteng Province.  The project is being rolled out in partnership with Gauteng Economic Propeller.  The businesses that will be formed are community based businesses and will be set up for success with all the necessary business systems that will enable them to operate successfully and effectively.

Her enthusiasm to explore opportunities with SMME’s in replicating successful black owned business models  led to the first Micro-Franchising initiative of its kind in collaboration with the RSA Department of Trade & Industry.

She has driven the Micro-Franchising concept as a solution for poverty alleviation in South Africa and has worked closely with the Department of Trade & Industry for  5 years in drafting a Micro Franchising policy as well as in creating the Microfranchising Programme that will see 15 businesses packaged as Microfranchises over 3 years.

She hosted 3 Microfranchising Launches in South Africa  between 2011 and 2014 within townships and Informal settlements to create an awareness of Microfranchising in South Africa.

Jayshree currently also consults to SA Franchise Warehouse as a Microfranchise Consultant on the Microfranchising Programme.


+27 79 189 6184
JEANETTE DAVID – PR & Communications Director, Hashtag South Africa
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: Woman in Media

Jeanette Charmaine David is a Publicist, Humanitarian, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational blog'ger, Social Entrepreneur, Life Coach, Peak Performance and Transformation Practitioner, single mom to 3 adult children, and is currently writing her first autobiography.

Jeanette explains that social media is an integral part of today's society, the very fabric upon which our society is being built, so why not use this platform to promote positive instead of negative, to educate, inspire, bring awareness, raise hope and create lasting change. She has been approached to host her own television talk show "Living On Purpose with Jeanette David”.  The talk show will be a platform that will make a positive difference and inspire the viewers to take better control of their destinies, hence the slogan "Living On Purpose". The guests that appear on the show will reveal how they aligned their struggles, challenges and mountaintop experiences to their purpose, spreading the message of hope to a national and international audience.

More about Jeanette David:

Jeanette qualified with distinction in Public Relations at Damelin and holds an international certification and accreditation as a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner, Programmer, and Coach approved by The American Board of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Jeanette will complete and receive her credentials in Master Life Coaching in February 2018 which then places her in the top 2% of Life Coaches in South Africa.

Jeanette is currently the PR and Communications Director at Hashtag South Africa, a social and digital media company, a Top 100 influential company in SA in the Science and Tech category. Jeanette currently inspires and motivates through various media platforms including her blogs on JEANETTE DAVID.COM

Jeanette is a true humanitarian at heart and was the Regional Manager for Joint Aid Management (JAM) a humanitarian relief and development organisation. Jeanette initiated, managed and ran all the programs in KZN for the last 4 years. JAM provides daily nutrition to starving hungry children collectively in Africa and South Africa. JAM feeds 1.5 million children daily through their initiatives.

Jeanette believes that there is no higher calling that is more fulfilling and rewarding than being of service to our fellow mankind and has dedicated her life to doing so. Jeanette has an innate ability to make personal connections with strangers. She believes that there is no difference between herself, and the next person, she is authentic and wants people to see themselves in her, she explains, through the setbacks and challenges she encountered.

Jeanette is no stranger to hurt, pain, deep loss, and sorrow. Here's a snippet from her upcoming book "Still I Rise"…

“Looking back on my life, I see all the storms I had to hurdle, the pain and deep loss I had to endure. I've passed through that place, called hopelessness on the way there, I almost tasted death through a life-threatening illness. I had my identity taken away when everything I worked for and acquired was ripped away in a blink of an eye. I’ve had more than my fair share, of heartbreaks and regrets. I’ve tasted from that bitter cup of betrayal too.

All that time, little did I realise that in this process I was this uncut diamond, being shaped and polished by every situation I encountered. The one thing that remained constant was God, even in the black silence I knew He was near. My insufficiencies to handle situations created avenues for God to show up and aid me through the maze.

All of this has brought me to a place of having my total reliance and stability firmly rooted in God. Now when I do go through stuff I’m not a leaf being tossed about aimlessly in the wind. Life has so much more purpose, in all of this I found my true calling. I choose to use my setbacks as the backdrop to help and steer others in their turmoil, it is my destiny to see you reach yours, motivate you to raise your hope and survive.

If asked, if I could turn back the hands of time and change the direction my life had taken? My answer will be without any hesitation, ‘NO’. All of my past was a vital ingredient in shaping my today's. The certainty of that blessed assurance got me through it all. Today I’m that finished diamond I choose to shine in every circumstance and through any situation.

I choose to Live Life On Purpose and in doing this motivate, inspire, unlock and awaken people to the hidden treasures and unused potential they have inside, giving them real life tools to live their best life NOW.”


KAGISO LEGODI – Founder, Tulips Publishing
Woman of Stature 'Woman of the Year 2018' Finalist: Youth Ambassador

Kagiso Legodi is a Social Entrepreneur, Author and an Advocate for women’s rights.

She is the Founder of Tulips Publishing, a self-publishing imprint.  In her book titled “Flooded But Not Drowned”, she talks about the taboos plagued in our communites.

Kagiso studied Accounting at the Tshwane University of Technology.  During her time at TUT she worked closely with Nhwana Wo Hiteka, a charity organisation dedicated to distributing food parcels to the less fortunate.

At only 23, she is an inspirational speaker and a certified coach from MHI Leadership Firm.  She is the Founder of “I am She”, a women empowerment initiative that aims to address and redress social gender inequalities.

She believes that she is called to heal hearts and bring hope to many – particularly young women. Her core message to young people is, “Find your purpose and pursue it”.

Her work has garnered a number of mentions in the media and she has spoken on several radio stations, iterating her passion for youth empowerment.

+27 79 920 8635
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