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“The biggest lesson I learned when I was young is that you don’t get promoted based on hard work, focus, ambition and a good education alone. You need to be courageous, patient and willing to persevere. I learned to wait for recognition, remain positive, and continue to give every task 100% effort and concentration while trusting and believing that consistent effort would lay the foundations for future success. I’m grateful to the SABC for giving me my first job, after I completed my degree, for the intense training in television that I received, and for the programmes I’ve worked on that allow me to speak to viewers, understand what interests and entertains them, and to share positive messages of hope and inspiration with both men and women. My partnerships with Basetsana Kumalo and Bradley van den Berg are important. Knowing I have Bassie’s backing, encouragement and support, and Brad’s vision, energy and passion for greatness have been invaluable in my career.” – PRODUCER AND ENTREPRENEUR
DR TLALENG MOFOKENG
“I received an award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in recognition of my work in family planning and use of social media as a tool to educate. I’ve been invited to speak at a number of academic institutions about sexual and reproductive health and rights. The right to terminate a pregnancy is supported by the South African constitution, and my ultimate goal is to increase access to safe procedures. Our health system should stop treating young women and girls who choose not to have children, especially black women, as social pariahs and their sexuality shouldn’t be policed. Sex education must cover pleasure and not just HIV/Aids because if people know the facts, it will remove the stigma. ” – MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, COMMISSIONER AND AUTHOR
Sho Madjozi has dominated the music industry this year, and uses her social media platforms to add her voice to combatting issues such as colourism and gender-based violence. Through her music, she promotes indigenous languages, freedom of self-expression, culture and heritage. Her unapologetic approach to tackling social issues has earned her a seat at the table of SA’s most influential women. She’s also the first South African woman to win a BET Award for Best International Act. – RAPPER AND SONGWRITER
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