Today is International Women’s Day themed, #BreakTheBias this year.
Take a look at some of Mpumalanga’s inspirational women who have broken stereotypes in communities, work places and society in general.
- Esther Mahlangu – Ndebele visual artist
The 87-year-old globally acclaimed artist has done collaborations with international brands such as Air Jordan 1, Rolls Royce and a popular vodka brand with award-winning singer John Legend. She put South Africa on the map with her art works and is an inspiration to many. She drew inspiration from her grandmother who taught her bead work, hence she also taught children how to draw and to make Ndebele bead work.
2. Ntandoyenkosi Kunene – Former Miss South Africa, author and education activist
The published co-author of Cory in the Universe Mkhondo holds a bachelor of Education and an Honours in Curriculum Issues. She is currently an MBA student at the Wits Business School. She uses her voice to advocate for children’s education, mental health, authenticity, confidence and entrepreneurship.
3. Pinky Phosa – Politician and community builder
She has held various positions in government and is also a former Member of Parliament (MP.) Her Non-Profit Organisation, Pinky Phosa Solutions Foundation. This was inspired by her compassion for the marginalised in society. She was recently appointed as South Africa’s second ambassador to Cuba.
4. Chreseldah Ndlovu – Social entrepreneur and philanthropist
Her brand has over 15 years of experience in innovative social entrepreneurship across Mpumalanga. She has participated in community development and various projects that are sustainable effecting change in communities. She is regarded as the Mother Theresa of Bushbuckridge because of her selflessness and support to the community. She founded an orphanage centre, Yesu I Hosi projects, The Chresedla Education Foundation and clothing and textile entity, CefPads.
5. Pretty Yende – Opera singer
A musician from Piet Retief rose to the top of the Opera world years ago. She made her professional debut at the Latvian National Theatre in Rega. She has been seen at nearly all major theatres of the world. She has her concerts in Switzerland, Spain, Germany and Italy among others. Her awards include the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver for her excellent achievement and international acclaim in the field of Opera. This made her the youngest South African ever awarded this accolade.