Own Your Brilliance right from Home!

Own Your Brilliance right from Home!

The day has finally arrived! We’re so excited to be hosting FORBES business coach, Tamiko Cuellar, tonight at 6pm (SAST) and 7.30pm (SAST).

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Please register here to receive access to the meeting. Choose the time you are available and you are good to go! You can connect from your PC, iOS, laptop or Android.

We will also send a podcast of the session in the coming weeks, just to remind you of the points discussed.

There’s nothing better than getting equipped from one of the world’s best coaches, from the comfort of your home.

Please do connect with us on Facebook too and send us selfies with the hashtag #WomandlaOwnYourBrilliance

“See” you online!


Greetings from our Forbes Business Coach

Greetings from our Forbes Business Coach

Womandla is partnering with Forbes Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar  for her “Own Your Brilliance” launch next Monday! Tamiko coaches high-performing, purpose-driven women executives, managers and leaders with strategies on how to successfully transition into entrepreneurship.

Watch the video and join the journey from the comfort of your home by signing up here.

Please feel free to send this link to your colleagues, mentors and business partners around the globe, as there will be valuable information shared.

Set a reminder on your calendar and clock. We look forward to e-meeting with you!

Join the conversation on Facebook too!


“Own Your Brilliance!” VIRTUAL book event & workshop with Tamiko Cuellar

“Own Your Brilliance!” VIRTUAL book event & workshop with Tamiko Cuellar

With only TWO weeks to go before the “Own Your Brilliance” e-Workshop, we have summarised Tamiko’s empowering book for you.

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You’ll be equipped to:

• Understand how the workplace imposes limitations on your brilliance and what you can do about it.
• Confidently take your brilliance beyond the corporate environment to prosper on your terms.
• Shift your mindset from that of an employee to an entrepreneur and HIRE YOURSELF.
• Begin the journey to transition into doing what you were actually born to do.

In Own Your Brilliance!, International Business Strategist and Speaker, Tamiko Cuellar, empowers high performing women with strategies on how to take ownership of their gifts, talents and skill set to finally create their dream career.

Hiring yourself will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made! Join us from the comfort of your home and remember to signup for the virtual event on: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/own-your-brilliance-virtual-book-event-workshop-with-tamiko-cuellar-tickets-38513715560

Director of Mics and Steths Legacy takes NYC!

Director of Mics and Steths Legacy takes NYC!

Dr. Mpume Simelane, Director of Mics and Steths Legacy, has been invited by Performa 17  for her work in linking Art Activism and Medicine. The exceptional work by Dr. Simelane through her experience as a gynaecologist will be the basis of advancing dialogues and raising public awareness on these crucial issues affecting communities. A public intervention of conducting Pap smears will also form an important element of the visit to Performal17 in NYC.


Performa is the leading biennial for contemporary art performance. Performa is a multidisciplinary non-profit arts organization  dedicated  to  exploring  the  critical role  of live  performance  in  the history of twentieth century art and to encouraging new directions in performance for the twenty- first century. Part of Performa’s mission is to present a biennial of visual art performance in New  York City that illuminates the critical role of performance in the history of art as well as its  enormous significance  in  the  international world of contemporary art.

Womandla is partnering with her ongoing initiative in empowering women through media and medicine. We wish you a pleasant stay and much success! Stay tuned to our page for more insights.


#Singabantu Short Film Wins International United Nations Award

#Singabantu Short Film Wins International United Nations Award

Singabantu, directly translated into isiXhosa as “We are human,” is an Afrophobia awareness short film which was recently shortlisted in the Top 60 out of 320 worldwide entries by PLURAL +, a youth festival on Migration run by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.


The short film was shot in the remains of a house which was burnt down during a service delivery protests in Rosettenville, Johannesburg. This event turned into a nationwide wave of Afrophobic attacks. The film stars a diverse group of African immigrant youth from Zimbabwe, Zambia, DRC and Malawi living in South Africa sharing the daily plight they face being “foreigners” in South Africa, they make reference to different stereotypes attached to their home countries and end off with a call for unity, love and tolerance.


The video was launched for Africa Month, and has aired on TRACE Africa where it was viewed in over 18 countries. It has also won the “I Am Migrant” award.

“I am really excited about the win, I am also shocked that my first attempt at writing and directing could receive such recognition”, said Louise Kanza, co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation.

The award ceremony will take place on the 10th of November in New York City where the winners will be officially announced. Singabantu is the only African winner this year.

Sophie A Kanza Foundation hopes to take #Singabantu – We are human, an Afrophobia awareness film on a continental tour to turn it into a feature documentary. The long-term goal is to open an office and youth hub in their hometown Kinshasa. The organization’s current work includes Afrophobia awareness, youth volunteerism and sanitary health. Sophie lives by the organization’s motto “Creating a culture of good deeds”.

Sophie Kanza is the co-founder of Sophie A Kanza Foundation, a passionate pan African, change maker, peace activist, leader and believer born in the Democratic Republic of Congo living in South Africa. 


View short film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4MocQZSrEw&feature=youtu.be

Exciting update to “Own Your Brilliance” event!

Exciting update to “Own Your Brilliance” event!

We’ve heard the cries of those surrounding the Cape Town area who would so love to attend the event!

We have some important and exciting changes to the “Own Your Brilliance!” book event to share with you. In order to provide more access for women outside of Cape Town to be a part of this experience, we have made the event a virtual live streaming event instead. Women all across the continent of Africa will now be able to join us!

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The date and times are exactly the same, so you will simply login from your computer during your registered time to view the live streaming experience with Tamiko.  The ebook version of her book will also be available for purchase. (Available at R136)

The original 20 November event scheduled at the Workshop 17 at the Waterfront will now be a virtual event instead.

Before the event, you will receive a link for you to join the virtual live streaming event for the original date and time that you selected upon registration. You need not re-register.

At your original registered date and time on 20 November, you can login from your personal computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone and enjoy the “Own Your Brilliance” Virtual Book Event!


April 2018, Womandla will be hosting Tamiko Cuellar, for a half day Masterclass. Those who have already registered for the virtual event will automatically receive a special discount pricing for the Masterclass. (Venue details to follow next year)

Please share the link: www.brilliancebook2017.eventbrite.com and invite more high-performing professional women like yourself to receive these benefits!



Molo Mhlaba: A Pan-African iSTEAM primary schools for girls

Molo Mhlaba: A Pan-African iSTEAM primary schools for girls

Sihle Nontshokweni recently met with the Molo Mhlaba team to learn more about the vision of their upcoming school.

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By Sihle Isipho Nontshokweni

Molo Mhlaba is a network of Pan-African iSTEAM (Innovation, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) primary schools for girls who aim to educate girls from pre-primary up to primary school level.

This project offers an alternative pathway for primary education in South Africa. Commonly, to attain high-quality education children from low-income communities have had to shun black and colored schools adjacent to their homes, refusing to be trapped by geography. On the daily, they are transported past railways and bridges, tearing down soft zonings and apartheid spatial engineering to access the likes of “Model C” schools.

Starting from 2018 they will receive their first intake of 60 learners. The energy and passion this team carries for their work is palpable and contagious. This is demonstrated in the words shared by Rethabile Mashale, Director of Molo Mhlaba:

“Once you see the complex challenges these children face, and upon witnessing the impact that your work can make- you can’t help but think, keep working- keep working- you’ll sleep when you’re dead” says Mashale.

The Molo Mhlaba schools are changing this narrative; that to access good education, you ought not to move further away from home. Their first school will be launched in Khayelistha, a township area in Cape Town. Their broader vision is to launch high quality schools across South Africa in low-income communities.
Till now, there have been no iSTEAM schools targeted at grooming girls in low income communities. This alternative promises to cultivate the potentials of girl learners whilst nurturing and affirming their African identity and womanhood. Through a pan African perspective, these schools seek to groom the next generation of young woman leaders, without exposing them to the aggressive assimilationist script that has characterized most Model C schools.

To learn more visit http://www.molomhlaba.org

Our contributor, Sihle Nontshokweni, hails from the Eastern Cape. Her primary research is on education change, with a focus on social cohesion is formerly White only schools. She identifies as a writer and storyteller. Her short stories and thought-provoking pieces on social dichotomies can be found on sihlesapplecrunch.com