In celebration of Women’s Month, we have gathered South African women who have contributed to the fashion/media industry. We hope the strength these women have shown will impart a sense of courage to achieve you dreams while giving back to the empowerment of women.
1. Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe is the Executive Chairperson of AFI-African Fashion International. AFI promotes the work of African fashion designers and business development in the African fashion industry. Through the Design For Life initiative, AFI not only empowers disadvantaged women from townships, it also supports education and the diagnosis of breast cancer in women from rural communities. Her passion for global health issues led to the creation of the Johannesburg-based Motsepe Family Foundation which aims to empower poorer communities in South Africa through health and education.
“It is really about wanting to help uplift the lives of women. I want opportunities created to help women find sustainable jobs. Most of the people involved in fashion – seamstresses, models, make-up artists – are women. From my work as a doctor, I understand that the health of women who are not economically empowered is jeopardised. And in terms of who is poor in this country, women are at the bottom of the pile.” – Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
2. Khanyi Dhlomo
Khanyi Dhlomo is the founder of Ndalo Media, a joint Media 24 venture that publishes Destiny Magazine and Destiny Man. These successful publications combine business and lifestyle content that caters to the successful, intellectual and stylish men and women. Khanyi also serves as a director of Foschini retail group and sits on the advisory board of the University of Stellenbosch Business School. In 2013 she launched Luminance, a South African luxury multi-brand store which offers a world class shopping experience with an African appeal. The store offers brands by both local and international designers that are globally recognized.
“Having the courage to recognize what really serves you and your needs best- no matter what others might have to say about you- is the first step to wisdom” – Khanyi Dhlomo
3. Basetsana Kumalo
Former Miss South Africa Basetsana Kumalo better known as ‘Bassie’, is the 50% partner of Twelopele Productions, which produces our favourite TV shows Topbilling, Pasella and Ses’Khona. In 1999 Tswelopele merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE, making her one of the youngest black women directors to be part of the mainstream of the South African economy. She also negotiated the first external contract to be awarded by the SABC to an all female production company. Since then, she has opened a publishing division in the company and launched the very successful Top Billing Magazine, started her own make-up, clothing and sunglasses range, and still has business interests in mining and property.
“Children are our future and the mainstay of an economically thriving nation. If we can look after our young we will be a winning nation” – Basetsana Kumalo
We hope these phenomenal women have inspired you as much as they’ve inspired us this women’s month! Tweet us your thoughts @s_k_v_fashion