Join our 2020 STEAM Committee!

We are looking for some amazing women to join the Womandla team.

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to join an amazing team? Are you looking for a way to make an impact to girls and women’s lives?

If that sounds like you, please read on:

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DEADLINE: 6 February 2020.

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Message from the Director

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Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.

The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.

Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.

Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.

Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!

We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!

The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV.  Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.

Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.

All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.

Sithi Nangamso!

Wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Sam Gqomo

WATCH: Women in STEM Awards coverage

EKSE on Cape Town TV, covered the Women in STEM Awards.

Credit: CTV, 2019. Video taken at The Vineyard Hotel

#Womandla Women in STEM Awards where they celebrated achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognized excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference.

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Womandla trending in the news

Well done to our Head of STEM, Rumbidzaishe Maisva, on shining a light on Women in SCIENCE! All roads lead to the STEM Awards this Saturday!

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Final Category: STEM Advocates

From teaching children to code, to servicing communities with access and computer literacy programmes. These ladies are advocating by impacting and empowering STEM-related communities.

Vuyolwethu Dubese

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Vuyolwethu serves as an Associate of Impact Accelerator at investment and advisory firm Impact Amplifier, a Mentor at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and, the Chair of the Board for GirlHype which is an NPC that has impacted coding and leadership skills training of 100 000 young girls over 14 years.
A Millennial Mag 20 Young People to Watch honouree and Inspiring Fifty South Africa (in cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands) Top 50 SA Women in Technology nominee, she has since 2017, she’s also been serving as a One Young World Ambassador and since 2018, an Ambassador and Judge for the Global Startup Awards: Southern Africa region.

Mazote Msipha

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Ps. Mazote Msipha is the founder of Ebuhleni Foundation, a non-profit organization that was established in 2012. Ebuhleni Foundation was established with the aim to help eradicate poverty through the restoration of the value of education.
The Ebuhleni Foundation runs different community projects including a Science and Technology Center, Helping-hand which provides winter school uniform to disadvantaged children as well as free computer literacy lessons.
The free computer skills lessons have since yielded thousands of computer literate youth, improving their employability. Through Ebuhleni she has been able to obtain funding for disadvantaged learners to further their studies in different universities, an opportunity that they would have otherwise missed due to their background.

Xolisa Guzula

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Xolisa Guzula is lecturer in multilingual and multiliteracies education at the University of Cape Town.

She has interest in language and literacy as social practice; biliteracy development; emergent literacy; critical literacies; multimodality; third spaces and bilingual children’s literature.

She is a doctoral student researching in bi/multilingual education and is one of the founders of Molo Mhlaba School, a school focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (www.molomhlaba.org).

She is also a member of Bua-lit Language and Literacy Collective (www.bua-lit.org.za).

Siphokazi Nciza

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Siphokazi Nciza is the Founder and Managing Director of Kasie Labs.

Kasie Labs’ made an entry into the digital revolution market four years ago and has since grown rapidly and secured strategic partnerships with provincial government, corporates and communities to set its STEM footprints in townships, informal settlements and rural communities amongst those are women in Soweto trained in basic computer skills.

She has trained Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME)’s in and around Gauteng on the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP).

Some of her achievements include receiving the MTN Foundation Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2018), UK Tech Hub Most Outstanding Future Female Award (2019) and participating in several global initiatives such as Africa code week and hour of code.

Siphokazi is currently participating in the African App Launchpad (AAL) initiative, an Africa-wide platform focused at  Egyptian and African youth.

Siphokazi is currently studying a programming course with Harvard University. She completed a BSc Computer Science degree, IT National Certificate and a few other professional certificates.

She is a qualified facilitator, registered assessor and moderator at MICT Seta and is also certified in Business Development Skills by Awethu Project and by the UK Tech Hub Business School.

Fadzayi Chiwandire

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Fadzayi Chiwandire is the founder of the DIV:A Initiative a non-profit initiative dedicated to empowering young girls between the ages of 8 and 18 years from disadvantaged communities with coding skills
She is also a Front-end Developer and Scrum Master at OnePointFour Consulting in Johannesburg South AfricaFounder
Fadzayi has been inivited as a Speaker to Facebook Developer Circle (Women in Tech Johannesburg Event 2019), Google Developers Group Meetup (Women Techmakers Johannesburg Event 2019) and WeAreDevelopers World Congress (Germany, Berlin 2019)
Fadzayi was the Fellow & Revelation Winner (Education) of the WIA54 Women in Africa Initiative 2019.
She has been nominated as one of the InspiringFifty in South Africa 2019
She is a member of Women Techmakers (Global) and Women in Tech Africa.

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Last Call for nominations: Womandla Women in STEM AWARDS

Today is the last day for ALL nominations!

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The excitement is mounting and our panel will be discussing and deliberating all entries. Nominees will be informed next week of their status.

Remember to book your seat, and book one for a friend and come celebrate the amazing work that South African women are doing!

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHS AWARDS

The Womandla – Women in STEM Awards shines a light on the achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognises excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

Nominations can be sent for entrepreneurs or professionals of any related organisation, from all industries and from the private and public sectors.

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AWARDS DETAILS:

Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Time: 09h00am-12h00pm

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR R200.

Banking Details:

Womandla Foundation NPC. FNB Business Acc 62811072876

Reference: YOUR NAME, STEM