Congratulations are in order for our top four nominees in the TECHNOLOGY category!
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Date: 17 August 2019
Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR R200.
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Listen to our interview on Massiv Metro about the inaugural Women in STEM AWARDS! We will be joined by Nonku Ntshona, CEO & Quantity Surveyor, who will be addressing the audience on Women’s Leadership in STEM.
Nominations are open until 26 July 2019. Categories include Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Advocacy in STEM. You can enter yourself or others as many times as you wish.
Lerato Maupa, Chairperson of the Nedbank Women’s Forum, will be awarding the winners as partner of the STEM Awards.
This event will be an awesome opportunity to network, learn and grow from other leading ladies across the country.
This weekend, I had the privilege of watching the record-breaking Blockbuster, Black Panther. The newest of the Marvel Comic has broken records worldwide for two weeks in a row.
So much conversation around race, budget and gender has sparked, challenging Hollywood to improve it’s systems of inclusion.
As powerful as ‘Black Panther’ was for adults, the potential impact it can have on boys and girls of color who watch it is insurmountable. Though there are many amazing characters in the movie, and one sticks out for me as a shining example of #Womandla, and that is Shuri – the Tech Princess of Wakanda.
Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, is the playful and smart younger sister of T’Challa the King of Wakanda.
When we look at the witty and sharp Shuri, we can only ask ourselves how many more Shuris exist who have untapped potential that can be used in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields where women of color are underrepresented. Shuri plays a pivotal role in saving Wakanda, which I believe qualifies her to be the next Black Panther. Who knows?
I encourage you all to go watch the movie. I don’t want to give too much away. It will really blow your mind and get you thinking!
Black Panther has revealed a whole world beyond what superhero movies had ever dared to dream of.