#WomensMonth: 10 Inspirational South African Women to Know
Get familiar with these industry trailblazers!
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Mmabatho Montsho - As a tribute to the strength, courage and brilliance of South African women past and present, the rainbow nation proudly celebrates National Women's Month every August. In honor of the public holiday, we've handpicked a group of trailblazers who continue to drive the country forward. You'll definitely want to get familiar with these inspiring ladies! By Patrice Peck Actress and director Mmabatho Montsho is using her skill set to spark important discussions around the world. Her latest project, the Women on Sex web series, which she independently produced, features candid interviews with South Africa’s most influential women. “There are so many factors that influence not only how and when Black women have sex, but also how, where and when we are able to talk about it freely,” said Mmabatho in a press release. “I felt I could contribute another platform for candi...
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Bonang Matheba - When writing about Bonang Matheba, it's difficult to decide which of her many accolades to mention. The list goes on and on. However, the award-winning television presenter and style icon's biggest claim to fame occurred in 2013, when Matheba was named one of the four brand ambassadors for Revlon — alongside American actresses Halle Berry, Olivia Wilde and Emma Stone. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Khwezi Magwaza - When it comes to the media landscape, Khwezi Magwaza has done it all. What began as a career in fashion public relations quickly evolved into a flourishing journalism career. Her impressive track record ultimately earned her the role of Editor-in-Chief of Seventeen South Africa. Today, Magwaza calls New York City home, where she is currently the digital content and communities manager for Girl Effect Mobile, a Nike and Praekelt Foundations project. (Photo: Courtesy of Khwezi Magwaza)
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Nandi Mngoma - Singer, actress and television presenter Nandi Mngoma rose to fame in 2011 when she released her first hit single, "Tonight." With a new single called "Dance" out and a video on the way, the gorgeous natural hair icon continues to juggle her many talents to this day. "I love the saying, 'Who was she and what did she do? She was herself and she did it all,'" Mngoma said in a 2013 interview. "Unfortunately, I don’t know where it’s from but I find the message so important. I also believe that nothing is impossible to a winning heart." (Photo: Nandi Mngoma via Instagram)
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Rapelang Rabana - At 29, Rapelang Rabana, the CEO and founder of Cape Town-based Yeigo Communications, is easily one of Africa’s most recognizable young entrepreneurs. Her company develops software for telecommunications-related services, like text messaging and push email services. But this isn't the first business she's built from the ground up. In December 2012, Rabana founded Rekindle Learning, a company that provides adaptive mobile learning solutions, Forbes reports. (Photo: Rapelang Rabana via Twitter)