Celebrating Women’s Month in South Africa

The Achievement of woman of all races and religions plays an important role in South African Society.

Women’s month is a tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, they protested, against the unjust laws enforced on women in South Africa.  Lilian Ngoyi, a trade unionist, and political activist was joined by Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn to protest that day.

Women’s Month creates the opportunity to reflect on women’s achievements, we also look at the problems they faced in the struggle to be free.  Women are making progress in business, politics, academic and financial careers, with more women reaching top positions.

All women in South Africa needs to be proud of what they have achieved.  We want the achievement of other women to inspire all women to unlock your own strength, and to motivate you to make a difference in your family, community, and your country.

We at CureMED are also proud to have two capable businesswomen as directors of our successful company.

We would like to mention some of these amazing women entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Dineo Lioma– co-founder of Incitech, CapeBio Technologies and Deep Medical Therapeutics

Source: 2019 Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans – Business & Entrepreneurship

She studied at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and there she learned how powerful science can be to change the world.  She came back to South Africa to make an impact which she clearly did.  Lioma founded Deep Medical Therapeutics, which leverage the power of artificial intelligence (AI) in the medical field.  Within CapeBio Technologies she and her co-founder mine genetic information from nature and create reagent (a substance used during a chemical reaction) to cut, clone, or manipulate DNA.

Awards:

  • Chosen as one of Forbes Africa’s Top 20 Wealth Creators
  • Mail & Guardian 200 Young South African list

Ntsiki Biyela – founder of Aslina Wines

Source: Wikipedia

In 1998 she was offered an opportunity to study at Stellenbosch University, South African Airways were providing a number of wine-making scholarships which Biyela was able to attend.

In 2004 after graduation, Biyela was hired as winemaker for Stelekaya Wines making her the first black female winemaker in South Africa.  She won a gold medal at the Michelangelo awards for her first red wine.

Aslina Wines, a self-funded wine business was launched in 2017.  For starters, she will be using grapes from local vineyards, as she does not have the capital to invest in her own vineyard.

Awards:

  • Twice a finalist for The Most Influential Women in Business and Government
  • South Africa’s Women Winemaker of the Year in 2009

Listed in the Worlds Top 10 Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink by Fortune’s Food & Wine in 2017

 

Boitumelo Ntsoane – founder of Afrilink Healthcare

Source: QuickBooks – 10 Inspirational South African Female Entrepreneurs

Ntsoane received a scholarship at Rhodes University to study toward a pharmacist’s degree.  Using her skillset as a pharmacist, Ntsoane founded a small medical centre called Afrilink Healthcare.

In two years, Ntsoane made a profit which she reinvested in her business.  Today, Ntsoane’s company assists the Tshwane Department of Health to conduct school-based health campaigns and touched lives of students in over 350 schools.

Awards:

  • FAIRLADY Women of the Future award and Amy de Castro Rising Star Award
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