International Women’s Day

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE.

Happy International Women’s Day!

This year we are rolling up our sleeves and ticking every goal we have projected in providing sustainable, relevant  programmes in all spheres  within the technologies, media, skills development, mentorship, and every sector based to empower young girls to live out their destiny.

We are so excited to make a tangible difference in the lives of  girls and women and doing our best to expand our national and international footprint!

Stay Tuned!

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KROTOA – A Khoisan heroin that cannot be forgotten

Krotoa –  is a significant name which had almost been erased in South Africa’s history, until this film was written and produced.  The film tells the story of a Khoisan tragic heroin who was taken from her close-knit family at just 11 years old to become Jan van Riebeeck’s language interpreter.

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Image courtesy of Uwe Jansch.

She grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck,  the first Governor of the Cape Colony.

Krotoa, who was renamed ‘Eva’ by the Dutch, was eventually rejected by her own people and by the Dutch.

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She is one of the women in history, whose impact is generally forgotten yet whose story touches on important subjects of identity, sense of belonging and reconciliation.

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The film has already received official selections and awards at international film festivals and will be on South Africa’s big screens during Women’s Month.

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South Africa’s trailblazing sisters

Basetsana Khumalo and Johanna Mukoki are no strangers to South African media and travel aficionados.

These two sisters have great portfolios behind their names and have proven that anything is possible through hard work, great support and prayer. Their story resonates with me as I have a sister and these are the kind of conversations we have about our futures.  When such tangible role models exist, our dreams are validated and come to life as we are led by their example. You see inspiration usually comes from something that exists, ours is to add our own flair and skill to make the obvious difference.

It’s only until recent years that they have exposed their private lives and business projects to us. We see that they too can have fun, enjoy life, have families and still live out their individual purposes.

The Makgalemele sisters are an embodiment of “Women can do it all.”

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The Inspiration behind Womandla

Melinda Gates, a TIME magazine 100 honoree, says she wants to make investments in health and technology to help unlock potential for women around the world.

I watch the Melinda Gate’s Foundation developments incessantly and adopt their strategies as a guideline for my plan. The vision and the work she does, as mentioned in this video, encourages me on my journey.

The internet is such a wonderful tool when it comes to introducing us to topics and people that would otherwise be almost impossible to meet in one’s lifetime.

Whether Womandla will be an organisation that will be likened to Gates’ or not, I am working hard at establishing a legacy  for the next generation. For me, it isn’t about the accolades but the significant difference we will be making in the life of the young, African woman.

I’m taking the baton and responsibility for our continent and it’s young leaders because the future is African and I’d like to be a great part of it!

#Womandla

Thanks to Xolisa Guzula, children can read Sci-Fi books in isiXhosa

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Picture courtesy: Afternoon Express (Facebook – 14 August 2017)

By Sihle Isipho Nontshokweni

I recently attended a Children’s literacy, literature and multilingual storybook production and translation seminar hosted by PRAESA in collaboration with IBBY SA and PEN SA. Throughout the seminar, I was impressed by Xolisa Guzula’s depth of knowledge and insight on children’s learning. Not only had she been a volunteer and co-founder of Vulindlela Reading Club in Langa, Cape Town, and of Nal’ibali reading clubs nationwide, she was seated on a panel, discussing the process she underwent to successfully translate a 305-paged science fiction book from English to isiXhosa.

So simple in her disposition and generous in her acknowledgments of those who have taught her the ropes of the game, Xolisa is strikingly self-aware yet strangely she seems oblivious to her successes. In her defense, she says “when you do the work without thinking about fame you don’t realize the difference you are making. I love the work that I do, it is the reason I wake up early every Saturday morning to be at those reading clubs. I look forward to teaching children literature. It is the reason I translate and write stories so that I can expand the content available to bilingual speakers.”

At a time when South African leaders admit that our education system is on its knees, Xolisa Guzula is hope in action. She is a breath of fresh air and a powerful voice trumpeting the importance of language and literacy. She questions why African languages are confined to the home, whilst English and Afrikaans speaking children learn in their languages from the cradle to university and beyond.

Guzula challenges writers by saying: “If Adults only write for adults, what will the children read? If we do not shape them now, who will lead us next?”

She ends off the conversation by saying “Children do not begin to learn in the classroom. When we fail to intentionally create structures of learning outside of schools, we make it difficult for them to learn in the classroom. Children have a deep yearning for learning, we must harness that by all means possible.”

What an inspiration!

#Womandla

uBabes we Media does it again!

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Khanyi Dhlomo and the Ndalo Media team took to social media yesterday to announce their newest acquisition of the local Elle and Elle Deco licences.

This woman is no doubt a force to be reckoned with. She quietly works and lets her success make all the noise. This was something she alluded to at the talk I went to last year.

What does this takeover mean?

For the first time in its 21-year history in SA, the 71-year-old Elle media brand will be published by a 100% black-owned media company.

This means that our own people and media will have a stronger voice of communicating and projecting what is uniquely African and at an international standard.

This means black girls can dream far beyond their borders and colour outside of the lines, dominate and own things. This win is for all of us.

We eagerly await  the power and influence this takeover will have over the next generation. We celebrate with you!

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Congrats Terry Pheto!

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Photo Credit: @TerryPheto

 

Congratulations to Moitheri “Terry” Pheto for winning an award, at The National Film Awards UK, for the best supporting actress category.  The acclaimed award was for her role as Naledi Khama in the film, A United Kingdom. 

The British romantic drama film explores the interracial marriage between the president, First Lady of Botswana and the challenges they faced.

Pheto keeps on slaying and putting South African women and artists on the map; a world class citizen and absolute gem!

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Know your Worth with Judge Nolwazi Boqwana

If there is anyone who gives meaning to the context of dynamite coming in small packages it is Judge of the Western Cape High Court -Nolwazi Boqwana.

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A group of ladies in high heels, colourful dresses and matching fascinators came together at a bespoke guest house to hear the wise words of Her Honour.

At first glance, one might think of her as dainty and soft, but wait until she stands on a pulpit.

The title of her message was “Know Your Worth”. A powerful delivery of how we can be sure of our identity if we learn what it means to be created in the image of God. This suggestion immediately established a sense of worth in the crowd.

“When you know, who are and who you are not, it informs your decision-making process,” she iterated. A dawning and defining moment for many of us.

The Lion King was her frame of reference. Remember the animated adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa? The story is about Simba’s wicked uncle (the enemy), Scar, who plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed.

While the uncle rules with an iron paw, the prince grows up beyond the Savannah with his friends Timon and Pumbaa, aimlessly living by a philosophy: No worries for the rest of your days.

The plot twist occurs when his long last friend, Nala, comes to visit him to inform him of the squander of his kingdom. The young Prince must decide his fate: will he remain an outcast, or face his demons (Scar)  and become the King he was called to be?

Based on this example, Judge Boqwana encouraged the crowd to dust off old dreams and ideas that they may have long forgotten. She encouraged us to stand firm for what is right, as this commands respect. She told us to dominate and tread fearlessly in every area of our lives.

Our callings are not linked to our success and promotion only; many people are reliant on them and will be impacted by them only if we to respond to the call.

The one quote of hers that I took away and have being pondering on is: “Consciousness informs behaviour.”

Everything you do, every decision you take and treatment you accept is  based on how you view yourself. The power of carrying this out comes from knowing your worth.

#KnowYourWorth

#TalithaKoum

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Hidden Figures – a must watch for all races!

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A group of friends and I went to watch Hidden Figures last week. (Thank you guys for responding to the invitation). I have no doubt in my mind that they were glad to join the awe-inspiring viewing. We started out with a lovely dinner, a meet-and-greet of sort for those who didn’t know each other, followed by the screening of the movie.

To be honest, I have no words. I have never felt such a vortex of emotion in one sitting.

I was angry, empowered, hopeful and tired all in a space of 2 hours and 7 minutes.

The movie has been aptly described as “The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.”

But it was more than that. It brought light to the severity of segregation, it hammered the hindrance of progress that superiority brings and it exposed the evil of racism and sexism to another degree.

The audience applauded when the women stood up to a fight that still graces us in the boardrooms, cockpits and other male dominated spaces, even today.

On a more positive note, the black family structure, father figures and living situations were painted in an aspirant, healthy way – something you never see on the small or big screen.

Hidden Figures is a must watch –  for all races – to understand and see how we can ALL bring change to a society, with the stark  remnants of a history that still plagues and stalls black people today.

You’ll enjoy the music too. Incredible soundtrack and album by the ever delightful, Pharrell Williams.

#Womandla

 

 

Women’s Leadership Conference

The WeLead Conference gives you the opportunity to engage with some of Africa’s most exciting Women Leaders AND to explore your own leadership potential.

For the last 12 years, they’ve seen talented women relish the opportunity to take responsibility for their own leadership journey in an environment that encourages connection, inspires confidence and gives access to support networks.   It is also an honour to celebrate the women (and men) leaders who are paving the way for the future, our role models throughout society.

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The Conference will afford you the opportunity to:

  • Create your own leadership goals in the company of peers and mentors who’ve been there too
  • Make connections with leaders and household names you’ve always wanted to meet (our facilitators make it easy for you to do so)
  • Learn leadership lessons from unsung heroes you might never have heard of but will certainly never forgot
  • Learn how to access your own mastermind of women leaders to support you on your leadership journey (or join WeLead Circle)

Speakers include Lebogang Ramafoko, CEO Soul City Institute for Social Justice, Grace Harding, CEO Ocean Basket and Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi to name a few!

For more information see link:

http://welead.co.za/womans-leadership-conference/

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