The South African women who inspire us

The South African women who inspire us

The South African women who inspire us

There are many wonderful women out there doing amazing things. Everywhere you look in South Africa, you will find extraordinary women doing extraordinary things. If we had to list all the women who inspire us, well, that list would never end. So, here are just four of the women we believe are doing some great things in the business world, local community, creative industry and sports.

Lira

Anyone who knows anything about the local music scene knows about this talented South African musician. Lira, born Lerato Molapo, is a multi-platinum selling force to be reckoned with. The world was introduced to her stunning sound for the first time in 2003 with her debut album All My Love. After that her impressive music career soared and she went on to win countless awards and gain a huge following of loyal fans.

If Lira’s success has taught us one thing, it’s that talent combined with hard work can take you places you never dreamed of. She is the songstress all aspiring young artists should take notes from.

Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane

Women have historically been excluded from the world of business and finance. These days we’re only starting to see that change with some brilliant women taking the lead. Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane is one of those women.

The Chief Executive of Nozala Investments, she has a CV that should inspire any young girl wanting to enter the financial industry. Nozala Investments is a company focussed on promoting the economic empowerment of women. With Salukazi Dakile-Hlongwane taking the lead, they have interests ranging from hospitals to telecoms. This woman is clearly using her own success to help her fellow South African women.

Helen Lieberman

Back in the 1960s, Helen Lieberman saw a huge problem in this country and did everything she could to help solve it. It all started when she saw the devastating living conditions in local townships. She didn’t have a lot of money, but what she had was willpower and the need to help. What started out as community based initiatives on a small scale grew into Ikamva Labantu.

Today, Ikamva Labantu is a large and successful organisation that helps local communities empower themselves. From care for the elderly to early childhood development, this organisation identifies a need and does everything in its power to fulfil that need. What started with one woman simply doing what she could resulted in community based initiatives that change the lives of thousands of impoverished South Africans every day.

Caster Semenya

If you have any interest in the sporting world, you will know this long-distance runner. This 25-year-old world champion has achieved more in her life than most can even dream of. In 2008 she gained international recognition when she won gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games for the 800m. And that was only the beginning for this young South African woman.

Earlier this year, she entered the history books at the South African National Championships as the first runner to win the 1500m, 800m and 400m. This only goes to prove that Caster Semenya is a woman all young aspiring athletes should look up to.