Watch our Director on Afternoon Express

Watch our Director, Sam Gqomo, chat about the birth and vision of Womandla Foundation on SABC 3s ‘Afternoon Express.’

See how you or your organisation can get involved. We hope to roll out our events calendar with established partners for the year 2020.

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Womandla aims to play a part in honouring and rewriting the stories of the 21st century Helen Joseph’s , Sophia Williams’ and Winnie Madikizela-Mandelas who fought against unjust laws many years ago.

We continue to sing the praises of our global heroines who continuously change the status quo, lead in politics, the community, non-governmental organizations and those who fight blood, sweat and tears for women and children’s rights.

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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


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


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 (

She is also a member of Bua-lit Language and Literacy Collective (

Siphokazi Nciza


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


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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MATHS and SCIENCE nominees announced!

Excitement is mounting as we announce our Mathematics and Science Nominees! Here are the names:

Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng:

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Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng began her term of office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town on 1 July 2018, where she had been serving as Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Internationalisation since January 2017. Previous to this appointment she served as Vice Principal for Research and Innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa) for five years, after serving three years as Executive Dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at the same university. She holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a highly regarded B1 NRF-rated scientist with over 60 research papers and five edited volumes published. In July 2019 she was awarded an Honorary DSc degree from Bristol University. She has been invited to deliver over 40 keynote/plenary talks at international conferences, and as a visiting professor in

Tamara Mkula:

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Tamara is the Founder of Bubbly Bunnies Academy and Co-Founder of Amaxesibe Technologies (PTY) Ltd. Currently working on her PhD proposal for 2020, this comes after she has been awarded her Master’s Degree on 10 April 2019. Her passion for Education made her realize that there is a need to introduce MATHS, SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY in the ECD level. She is working with teachers at her school in ensuring that we equip the little ones with MATHS, SCIENCE and TECHNOLOGY skills at a very young age for them to cope better in higher classes. She has also worked at the ICT environment for 12 years as the Information Security Risk Specialist and has shared her research work on stages such as IT Web Security Summit and ISF (Information Security Forum) sharing knowledge on Security topics with other Security Professionals from local and International companies

Songo Didiza:

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Songo is an energy economist and a green building expert who founded the Green Building Design Group (GreenBDG) as a solution to close knowledge gap in the green economy, as well as an opportunity to promote real economic growth within the green economy in South Africa.

Her work in the green economy includes facilitation of green energy investments worth over R17 billion from integrated clean energy and energy efficiency investments which led to the creation of over 10 000 jobs in the green manufacturing and related services sectors, respectively.

She has been voted Sub-Saharan Africa’s Energy Innovator of the Year by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) in 2019. The award ceremony will take place in Washington DC in September.

She currently serves as a Research Committee member of the Property Sector Charter Council and is a business mentor of several start-up initiatives within the clean technology industry.

Zulaka Khan:

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Zulaka Khan is the founder of the Verulam Dialysis Centre.

She studied towards a B.Tech in Clinical Technology specializing in Nephrology and graduated with cum laude from the Durban University of Technology.

She was awarded the Minara Chamber of Commerce Business Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 as well as the 2018 Business Women of the Year Award for the Business Womens Association of South Africa.She was awarded in 2018 the Business women of the year finalist for the Minara Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Charmaine Kahiya:

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Charmaine Kahiya is a medical scientist who is passionate about drug discovery, and is focused on Africans finding natural/organic solutions for African health issues, to which effect some of her work has been published. She has worked for a leading Biomedical research institute (focused on infectious disease research especially (HIV), African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST), and under them conducted joint projects with organizations such as Merck and Norvatis. Her work in the battle against HIV employs the use of computational biology/chemistry techniques and pharmacogenomics. She is currently With the Catalysis and Peptide Research Unit (a leading HIV/TB drug discovery research unit at UKZN), where she recently completed her masters. She is building on her masters research for her PhD (the study detailed the design of an organic potential HIV-1 C(SA) protease inhibitor and is under consideration for patent due to its promise). She mentors young girls in STEM through organizations such as Elevate STEM network and and is a resource under 500womeninscience’s Women in STEM database and hopes to start a 500WS pod in Africa soon. To demystify science and encourage the young especially, under privileged High school students, she was also a mentor for the Next Generation Biomedical Scientist initiative under AiBST. Her advocacy also targets educating the general populace on the power of science and she was part of the “Green Planet” documentary by the National Biotech Authority of Zimbabwe highlighting the impact of biotechnology as well as working with them and NEPAD SanBio to setup the first Bioinformatics Symposium in Zimbabwe in 2016. She believes each one of us must endeavor to leave legacy of service to humanity and she chooses science to be her medium.


ENGINEERING CATEGORY: Herewith are the nominees!

Congratulations are in order for our top six nominees in the ENGINEERING category!

Yolanda Mabuto

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CEO of Divaine Growth Solutions, a professional organisation in the energy sector that provides consultancy work and efficient project management services as well as addressing gender inequality challenges.
Divaine Growth Solutions implements and facilitates 2030 Sustainable Development Goals around Clean & Affordable Energy, Gender Equality and Education. focusing on encouraging youth to focus on STEM by providing programs and mentorship geared to supporting their careers.
She is the National Secretariat at Association of Municipal Utility Electricity’s Women in Electricity program. The program aims to empower and develop women in the energy sector and focusing on talent development in the STEMI field.
She is actively serving at the BRICS Business Council under the Clean Energy and Green Economy Working Group, she also holds executive positions in various Gender Advocacy, Education Socio -Economic Growth drive within the continent. In 2019 she partnered with ESKOM’s EXPO for Young Scientist driving the Women in Science drive through visiting schools in Western Cape and encouraging them to focus on STEM and fostering innovation.
She sits in different boards and advisory positions including African Utility Week, Power Gen – Africa and Association of Municipal Electricity Utility – Women in Electricity.
In 2018 she was chosen as an African Change Maker representing South Africa. She is the National Director of Global Brand Ambassador for United State of America’s organisation. She holds qualification from UCT Graduate School of Business, she is an Education and Economic Activist, a pioneer for Women’s Advancement.

Onkabetse Chaane

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Onkabetse Chaane is a registered Candidate Quantity Surveyor with the South African Council of Quantity Surveying Profession (SACQSP). Onkabetse started her academic career at the University of Pretoria and boasts a BSc. Quantity Surveying degree as well as a BSc. Quantity Surveying Honours degree. She is currently pursuing a MSc. Quantity Surveying degree specializing in Green Buildings. She is an As Built Green Building consultant, qualified through the Green Building Council of South Africa in 2016 (GBCSA).

During her career in Quantity Surveying, she has been involved in numerous projects ranging from R9 million to R0.5 billion, some of which are currently in the construction phase. Her exposure has included business strategy development to reposition and rebrand a well experienced Quantity Surveying organisation in order to expose them to new growth opportunities and instill sustainable building principles.

Onkabetse will use her practical & academic experience, leadership & technical skills and her heart for rural African communities to drive Bopelokgale as the beacon of socio-economic & sustainable infrastructure design, enhancing and benefiting the lives of all African people and their economies.

With her leadership skills and heart for rural communities in Africa, she pursued to launch Bopelokgale (Pty) Ltd., which focuses on sustainable buildings. She looks forward to introducing sustainability to rural areas in African communities by incorporating socio-economic solutions to benefit the economy.

Thandi Thabethe

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Thandi is a Chemical engineer. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with Cum Laude at University of KwaZulu Natal.

Thandi’s research paper,  was her way of contributing and voicing out the concerns that we as women face on a daily bases in our different paths of life, focusing more on business career journey. The topic for her research was about Transformation in the Petroleum Retail Business: A Case of African Black Women Ownership of Engen Service Stations in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Her topic aimed to expose the industry to ordinary African females so that those who are interested to enter this business in this industry can know the challenges and suggested solutions to them

She is a mentor and a coach to young engineering graduates both at work and in the community.

She is the founder of youth mentorship program that is starting to get shape in Durban. Thandi is a member of Women with Drive committee and worked with the eThekwini Municipality.

Sthembile Tshikosi

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Sthembile Tshikosi, is a serial entrepreneur, a big dreamer, trailblazer and a sealing breaker in the engineering space, and now recently in the beauty industry, through her skincare brand Skumba Organics. She is also passionate about health and wellness, having studied Naturopathic Nutrition through a UK based College of Natural Medicine.

She is working towards owning her own chain of private clinics around the country.

Ditebogo Koenaite

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DT as she is affectionately known, is a qualified female pilot.She holds a Commercial Pilot license (CPL) and is working towards obtaining the highest license in a fixed wing capacity, that is, an Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).

She is currently a Flight Operations Inspector in training at the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Flying has always been something she aspired towards and has turned out to be one of the only things she loves to do.

She is passionate about aviation awareness in rural South Africa, and sets aside time to conduct outreaches at schools. She received a bursary to complete her CPL in 2016 and wants to further expand awareness on various platforms about the aviation industry to young people as much as possible, so as to demonstrate to them that they too can soar to greater heights.

Tshego Cornelius

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Tshego is a Power System Protection Engineer with experience in the design and
development of protection systems. Her work experience includes high voltage systems,
secondary plant, project management (PMBOK), tender adjudication and evaluation as well as compilation of technical specifications and standards.
Her career as an Engineer in Training in 2009 within Eskom’s Transmission Division and is now the Engineering Design Application Manager within the Eskom’s Group Technology Division.

Her leadership highlights includes Leader of the Young Professionals Forum (YPF) at Eskom, Chairperson of the SAIEE Central Gauteng Centre and most recently, Chairperson of the Women in Engineering South African Section (WiE-SA) for the IEEE.


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Technology Category: Congratulations to our nominees!

Congratulations are in order for our top four nominees in the TECHNOLOGY category!

Luleka Mkuzo

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Luleka Mkuzo is the founder of Urglobal, through her company she introduced the mobile rural technology park which drives technology skills training in partnership with the Department of Education.

Pumeza Mphuthi

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Phumeza has held different positions ranging from IT Administrator, Business Analyst, IT Manager, Head System and Head of PMO (Project Management Office at Shell SA, at Woolworths, Engen, Liberty and currently with OptiNet

Dr. Sibongiseni Tunzelana

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Dr. Sibongiseni Tunzelana Thotsejane is an adjunct senior lecturer of big data analytics and the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technology in the Information Systems department at the University of Cape Town.

She is the founder and a Chief Information Officer at FlavaLiteInnovations (F.L.I.) Global (PTY) LTD and LoveOlution Dot Net non-profit company (NPC).

Dr. Mmaki Jantjies

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Dr. Mmaki Jantjies is a research academic and has led Information Systems departments at the North West University as well as the University of the Western Cape.
She has further conducted extensive research on how mobile software can be developed and used to support multilingual science and mathematics education in South African schools.



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Happy Women’s Month

We celebrate women ALL year round, but August month is our favourite!WOMEN'S MONTH

We will be running a competition for the STEM awards and having a Flash Sale to offer our subscribers!

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