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:

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: 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.

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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
WCW: Meet South African Mills & Boon Author

WCW: Meet South African Mills & Boon Author

Meet  Therese Beharrie, who in January 2017, published her first book with Harlequin/Mills & Boon. She tells us about her journey as a young South African author.

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Now, I know what you’re thinking: Mills & Boon books are the romances your mother and grandmother used to read back in the day. But have you picked up a Mills & Boon lately? If you haven’t, you should. There are different lines that cater to different needs, and a lot of them are really modern, while maintaining that fantasy element.

I know this because Mills & Boon bought my first book when I was 23. I’m 25 now, and have three books published so far, with another three (for now) scheduled for release in 2018. I strive to write books that cater to a modern audience, and while I’ll readily admit I didn’t realise this power at first – or the one I have as a South African woman who looks like me – I do now.

But first, let me tell you about romance.

It’s celebrated for being written by women, for women because it gives women agency. Heroines have power – mentally, physically, emotionally. From the moment I truly realised this, I’ve tried to create female characters who are strong and powerful. Who are in charge of their careers, their relationships, their mental and emotional growth. The world today doesn’t often celebrate this, but I choose to believe that small contributions like my own will create a world for my daughters where powerful women will be celebrated.

My upcoming release, United by Their Royal Baby, is an example of that kind of world. The heroine is literally a queen. She looks like me and those in my community – another thing I hope my children with see more of in the future – and she’s powerful. She finds that power in being human. Flawed. And she understands that that makes her strong; falling in love for her is a celebration of that strength.

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I hope my books will encourage other South Africans, women, and women of colour, to be unafraid to dream. I hope more of these women will be inspired to write, and that writing will help them to believe – and celebrate – their strength.

Therese is passionate about writing characters who look like her community, and her weekly blog posts are dedicated to helping new authors navigate the publishing industry while realising that they’re not alone. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa with an incredible husband and their two Husky-furbabies, and feels so blessed to be living her dream. See more here:






International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October

International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October

Below is a statement from the United Nations Women for International Day of the Girl.

girl cloudThis year, on the International Day of the Girl Child, we are focused on how to ‘EmPOWER Girls: Before, during and after crises’. Throughout 2017 we have seen growing conflict, instability and inequality, with 128.6 million people this year expected to need humanitarian assistance due to security threats, climate change and poverty. More than three-quarters of those who have become refugees or who are displaced from their homes, are women and children [1]. Among these, women and girls are among the most vulnerable in times of crisis.

Displaced and vulnerable women and girls face higher risks of sexual and gender-based violence, as well as damage to their livelihoods [2]; girls are 2.5 times more likely than boys to miss school during disasters [3]; and displaced girls are often married off as children in an effort to ensure their security. A 2013 assessment estimated a rise in the percentage of Syrian girl refugees in Jordan being married before age 18 from below 17 per cent before the conflict, to more than 50 per cent afterwards.

At UN Women, we are working to ensure that girls experiencing crises have positive options that allow them to grow and develop social and economic skills. Along with local women’s organizations, we support women and girl refugees through our Global Flagship Initiative, on Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access and Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP) [4], which boosts civic engagement and leadership by advocating for women’s political and social participation at the local, national and international levels. LEAP also establishes Empowerment Hubs where women can network and access critical services and training, and provides job placements, cash-for-work initiatives and training for businesses.

Programmes like these can turn situations of displacement into opportunities for empowerment for girls and young women, remove them from potentially violent situations, and serve as a path to economic security so that they are not forced to marry older men to provide for their physical and financial wellbeing.

As Alan and Israa experienced, UN Women is also tapping into the possibilities of mobile technology, developing a Virtual Skills School, so that women and girls who have dropped out of school due to early marriage, childbearing or traditional practices, who are living with a disability, or who are displaced from their homes and in refugee camps, have access to second-chance learning.

On the International Day of the Girl Child, let us commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises. Far from being passive recipients of assistance, these girls are leaders who will use the skills that they develop today to rebuild their communities, and create a better future for all of us.



Womandla partners with FORBES Business Coach

Womandla partners with FORBES Business Coach

Calling all Cape Town based business-minded individuals! This November, Womandla will be hosting Forbes International Business Coach, Tamiko Cuellar, at her “Own Your Brilliance” book signing and mini-workshop.

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The book has been endorsed by Parminder Vir, CEO of The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Nigeria.

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Cuellar coaches high performing, purpose driven women globally on ways to transition into entrepreneurship and growth. She will be giving away two of her books (to the value of R190 each) at the event. Attendees must be present to win.

Event details are as follows:
DATE: Monday, 20 November 2017
VENUE: Cape Town, Workshop 17, The Watershed, V & A Waterfront.
SIGN UP for your single ticket to the Own your Brilliance mini workshop and book signing. Please note that the prize pertains to her book which will also be on sale.
TO ENTER: Simply fill in your details before close of business on Monday, 13 November 2017 to stand a chance of winning a spot. Register at