Woman of the Year
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."
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
- 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.
I am a passionate, driven, creative person who strives to be the best in everything I do whilst exploring every aspect of my field.
I have been in the entertainment industry for 20 years and performed on stage, television, film and radio locally and internationally.
*Owner and creator of Showbiz in FULL HD, an online entertainment site for all things music, theatre, television, film , interviews with celebrities and giveaways;
*Showbiz In Full HD Presenter & Breakfast with Blewitt Co Host on Mix FM 93.8
*Actress, Singer, Presenter and Voice Artist
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.
ENTREPRENEUR || TELEVISION PERSONALITY || PHILANTHROPIST || INTERNATIONAL PAGEANT TITLEHOLDER
18-year old Katlego Ncala is a young lady who possess the attribute of true leadership and is seen as a role model by her community and fellow youth in South Africa.
At the age of 16 she registered her company Petropower South Africa which is a private company that supplies renewable energy.
She then decided to take on Distance Education at British International College to learn more about renewable energy. One day she hopes she can start storing oil, but for now her main focus is supplying solar geysers and panels.
Ncala has her own organization under the Katlego Ncala Foundation called ‘Raise Her Standards’, a mentorship programme, which is a project that has been warmly received by various departments and schools. ‘Katlego believes in feeding the mind in a positive manner. She has aimed the programmes on addressing issues such as: Teenage Pregnancy; Drug Abuse; Female Hygiene; Business & Development Skills. Partnered with Kuzodlula Tours, they have managed to mentor 90% of the schools in the Ekhurleni District.
Kat's Vision for 2018 and beyond is to take her ‘Raise Her Standards’ tour over 7 provinces in the country and, in years to come, 5 African countries.
More about Kat:
In 2016 she was awarded the opportunity to be a presenter on South Africa's biggest youth show, YOTV. She presents the Blue Couch on Tuesday addressing issues that youth people face daily and on Saturday she is part of the Big Breakfast show where she presents the Sports segment.
The young teen has focused many of her television appearances on motivating and encouraging the youth. She describes this as "a way of giving back because when I started out in the industry there was no 16 year old to tell me that it's possible".
Katlego is the epitome of a driven self-starter. She played the first team soccer squad at school and has competed in a variety of sports. In 2015 she was the ambassador of FSP (Football Solves Problems ) an organization aimed at educating youth about life skills through sports.
A Philanthropist at Heart:
Serving the community is something Kat is passionate about. She describes taking care of the less fortunate and showing compassion to others as part of her culture; a demonstration of Ubuntu. Under the Katlego Ncala foundation, she often does voluntarily ad hoc work with Roche Pharmaceutical Company on their programme called ‘Children Living with Diabetes’.
Kat is also involved with many other charity organizations, and regularly donates and collects goods for child-headed families.
She has been the guest speaker for events such as ‘She Cares’ as well as the ‘International Inspiring Woman’s Network Foundation’ (IIWNF), an organisation that empowers and inspires women in business . She has attended several Stay Alive & Stay Alert events, as part of a team that shares information with school children about road safety.
She is also the founder of the DreamGirls pageant, an annual pageant that was started in 2013 Katlego and her sister host the Dreamgirls pageant in aid of a charity of their choice.
“If you want to do something great it can be achieved with the right mindset. You can lead, inspire and motivate right where you are”.
Katlego strives to achieve her goal of being an activist to the youth. Many look up to the rising star as her following on social media inspires thousands. Katlego uses platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to get her message across to the youth. She is passionate about leading Africa’s youth in a positive and educated direction.
Facebook: KATLEGO NCALA
Mapalo Makhu is a Personal Finance Coach, Speaker, money blogger and the founder of Woman&Finance. She has a strong passion for working with professionals and entrepreneurs to get them excited about their finances and bring their financial dreams to reality.
Having completed a Bcom Finance Degree from the University of Johannesburg and obtaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, Mapalo founded Woman&Finance to educate and inspire women to take charge of their finances and make the best financial decisions for their current and future selves. After having worked in the financial services industry for 5 years, she founded Woman&Finance.
Through the Woman & Finance platform, Mapalo has collaborated with some of South Africa’s best financial minds to create content and generate fresh and relevant insight into an area many feel unqualified to engage in. As a recognised thought leader, Mapalo’s work has been featured in local publications such as Destiny Magazine, Destiny Man, CliffCentral, SA fm, Classic fm and eNCA to name a few. On a continental level, the universal appeal of her message has seen her collaborate with SheLeadsAfrica.org to provide her unique brand of ‘jargon free’ financial education.
Woman&Finance has also been awarded one of the Top 40 Financial Blogs for Women.
Woman&Finance focus areas:
1-on-1 Personal Finance Coaching:-
Develop an inspiring financial vision for your life
Gain clarity about the next step you should take in your finances
Assessing your spending habits
Allocating your money and establishing a realistic budget
Review of all your financials
Savings & investing
Net worth analysis and how to increase your net worth
Employee Financial Wellness programmes and Training:-
We address employees’ financial needs with our unique training programmes which include:
A comprehensive, unbiased and product free training; Goal Setting; Budgeting; Debt Elimination; Emergency Cash; Cash Flow Management; Risk Management; Saving Methods; Investment Principles; Retirement Planning; Estate Planning
Mapalo truly believes in the words of Mahatma Ghandi when he says, “educate a woman; educate a nation”, and that is why Woman&Finance was born.
“Even the smallest education/information on personal finance can make a huge difference in women’s financial future and wealth, after all women are the bearers of generational wealth.” – Mapalo Makhu
Dr Mpume Simelane was born in Kwanzimakwe, a village near Port Shepstone South Coast- KZN. She is not only a passionate Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, but also Founding Chair of Mics & Steths (Microphones &Stethoscopes) Legacy, a health and information consultancy that seeks to provide solutions to Sexual and Reproductive Health & Wellness through connecting Media and Medicine.
She mentions that in her work, she is constantly aware and burdened by the ills that women face. Finding a voice and language to self-articulate in a society where conversations about sex and sexuality are taboo, is one of her main areas of focus. Hence “Microphones and Stethoscopes.
Postgraduate: 2014 (Specialist Fellow of the Colleges of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FCOGSA). Wits university
Submitted theses MMED (masters of medicine in O & G) currently under marking Wits University
Undergraduate: 2006 Medical Doctor Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine UKZN
YALI Network: Focus on understanding Rights of Women and Girls 2017
ESMOE master-trainer’s course 2015
Dr Myles Munroe Level 1 leadership course 2013
Current work and career highlight
District Clinical Specialist (Obst & Gynae) Westrand District: she oversees maternal health including primary healthcare ,school health
Member of MEC of Health Gauteng task team in O&G: focusing on Clinical governance, Health Policy advisory and implementation
Gynaecologist: DISA Clinic (after hours, easy access gynae services)
Gauteng Region Executive Board Member: Southern Africa Sexual Health Association (SASHA)
Member of European Society of Sexual Medicine ESSM
Member of Interntional Society of Sexual Medicine ISSM
Women of Stature: Women of the year awards nominee (in healthcare) 2018
Nominee 2017: 120Under40 New Generation Leader in Family planning, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute
Founding Chair: Mics & Steths Legacy (Connecting Medicine & Media)
USA -New York PERFOMA17 travelled with Sir Professor Zanele Muholi: world renowned photographer and visual Research a model on how to improve accessible and friendly sexual and reproductive health services for women (November 2017)
Media Work: focus on women and children as an Educator, Speaker and Advocate
CAMPAIGNS: Gynae expert
POWA (People Opposed to Women Abuse
Lebresse: Vagina Varsity, Unembarrass Your Period
GEMS / Mamas & Papas Baby Showers
Co-host / Resident OB-GYNAE Sexual health radio show on Kaya FM (current)
Resident Gynae Mogale FM 2016 /17
Guest expert: Power FM, YFM
MAGAZINES / NEWSPAPERS
Guest expert contributor: Cosmopolitan, Mamas & Pappas, Sowetan Newspaper, Soul Magazine
TELEVISION: Guest expert OB-GYNAE
Thando Thabethe Bares A l
Rise Talk Show
Super-Doc TV Show
Twitter: @celebgynae / @micsnsteths
Shereen Hunter is the CEO and founder of the Hunter Group. Beyond and before business, she is a mother, wife, sister and ardent learner. She is fanatical about knowledge, both attaining and imparting it. Shereen has an insatiable appetite to do and learn more. She also believes that education and knowledge are the most valuable tools an individual can have to find sustainable success.
Teaching has been her lifelong dream. To equip and empower those around her, willing to accept the invitation.
Today, through the Hunter Group, Shereen sees the realisation of bringing together education, business and people.
More about Shereen:-
The journey here began as early as 1993, where a tenacious 18 year old Shereen Hunter set off to Australia solo, as a Rotary Exchange Student. In that same year she represented South Africa at the United Nations Youth Conference in Brisbane.
Between her stay in Australia, numerous other travels and completion of her secondary education, Shereen was offered a scholarship to attend Queensland University. She declined the prestigious offer, opting to return to her roots in Johannesburg instead. Here, she decided to pursue undergraduate law.
In her third year, she changed course and took up Psychology, feeling that this would be better suited for her ambitions to service people in business through education and organisational development.
She graduated from the University of Witwatersrand with a degree majoring in Industrial Psychology and International Relations. In between she obtained a Diploma in Sales & Marketing Management and Project Management. Thereafter, she spent three years at a well renowned Bible School studying Biblical Principals and Their Application.
With a decade of tertiary education in tow, Shereen entered the business world. She completed the rest of her studies whilst permanently employed, working for corporate companies such as Oreport, International Health & Racquet Club (now Virgin Active) Regional Head Office, Future Life Insurance, Bidvest, CN Business Furniture, CFC International and Women of Worth. Her career took her swiftly after only 1 year as a Sales Consultant to National Marketing Manager at age 23, to Regional Sales Manager to Directorship and finally to where she finds herself now - the owner of several companies.
She believes that a successful fruitful business career is simply the vehicle she uses to achieve her greatest ambitions in Community Work.
Shereen is also the Founding Member of 'ITS NOT ABOUT ME' - a non-profit project and movement.