Women’s month in South Africa is a time for reflection and celebration – a month of paying homage to the women who are propelling the country forward through excellence and dedication. From business and technology to social media and politics, African Independent’s Women’s Month feature will spotlight inspirational women making a mark in their respective fields. These three women in business are worth a mention:
After a successful career as a respected broadcast journalist for Al Jazeera and CNN, Jane Dutton has developed a critical eye for how women are represented in the media. Since moving back to South Africa, she is now the host of her very own show, Tonight with Jane Dutton, on eNCA and, her vigour as an influencer has continued to soar. “Women are still being objectified in the workplace and this is the result of the way the media – and society – are portraying them. Media sexism demeans women and entrenches inequalities,” she says. Through her platform, this is something that she is strives to change.
Read Jane’s full feature in African Independent’s August 2019 issue.
A business woman in a her own right and daughter of Naledi Pandor, SA’s Minister of Science and Technology, Aisha Pandor is the co-founder of one of the country’s most successful tech-startups. Known as the Uber of cleaning services, digital cleaning services app, SweepSouth allows home-owners to request cleaning services at the touch of a button. With over 3000 registered domestic workers on the app, Aisha says the most rewarding part of her job is the way in which they are “bringing dignity to a profession that historically been undervalued” and empowering women to take control of their earning potential.
Johanna Mukoki wears many hats – mother of two, qualified accountant, and CEO of Travel with Flair, an award-winning travel agency specialising in travel for corporate online, leisure, film and production, and more. As a Business Women of the Year Award winner from the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa, Johanna says that when it comes to being a woman in the boardroom, it’s imperative to be an expert in your field. This is something she learned from the very first meeting she sat in on. Although it may be a struggle for women to be taken seriously in the corporate world, her main advice to entrepreneurs is to never compare yourself to others – rather embark on self-improvement for your own growth and potential.