South Africa’s 10 Most Influential Women
To celebrate National Women’s Day on the 9th of August, We’ve compiled a list of 10 Women who are making a big impact in South Africa. Whether in media or mining, banking, music or politics, these women are forces to be reckoned with and role models to many.

Wendy Appelbaum

Wendy Appelbaum is a businesswoman and humanitarian and one of the wealthiest women in Africa and the daughter of Liberty Life founder Donald Gordon, She served as a director of Liberty Investors, the holding company of Liberty Group. She’s part of many humanitarian projects, through The Wendy Appelbaum Foundation

Wendy Ackerman

This incredible woman entrepreneur did not only contributed to the building of an awesome and socially responsible retail empire, Pick n Pay Stores but has also dedicated her life to making a difference to others in South Africa.

Khanyi Dhlomo

Khanyi Dhlomo is the Managing Director of Ndalo Media, which she founded in 2007. She is also the founder of DestinyConnect and the founding editor of Destiny Magazine. Before starting her own media company, Khanyi was editor of True Love magazine for eight years. In 2013, Khanyi ventured into retail and launched Luminance, a high-end fashion and lifestyle department store. Khanyi was named the most influential woman in South African Media by The Media Magazine in 2003 and made the 2011 Forbes list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa.

Jenna Clifford

Jenna Clifford is a world-renowned jewellery designer, known for her unique designs and superlative craftsmanship. Established in 1992, her company has steadily grown its clientele and improved its profile to institute itself as a powerful force in the jewellery industry. Her bold and dramatic designs are sought after by some of the most recognised business icons and celebrities from around the world. Today, Jenna Clifford Designs employs around 70 people, including some of the finest jewellery artisans and craftsmen in South Africa.

Pam Golding

Pam Golding is the founder and life president of the globally recognised Pam Golding Property group. She is an icon in the property industry and is widely acknowledged in South Africa as a role model for women and young entrepreneurs, and internationally as a leading businesswoman.

Thuli Madonsela

She served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016, Madonsela has stood firm as she fulfiled her mandate to strengthen constitutional democracy and promote good governance. Her work ethic and dedication to truth have brought credibility back to her office

Nonkuleleko Nyembezi-Heita

Nonkuleleko Nyembezi-Heita is Forbes’s 97th most powerful woman in the world. Since March 2014, she has been CEO of the Dutch mining group, IchorCoal N.V

Bridgette Radebe

As Africa’s richest black woman, Bridgette Radebe has come a long way, Her money is made in mining, yet Radebe is a champion of the poor and an outspoken advocate of the nationalisation of mines.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

The music industry has been graced with her presence for over 20 years and she still continues to inspire those around her. Despite her fame, Yvonne Chaka Chaka is an icon who has remained humble and down to earth. Many up and coming artists aspire to radiate the same timeless elegance that she has managed to display throughout her career.

Irene Charnley

Charnley first made her mark co-ordinating the sub-units as South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers negotiator. She currently holds many director positions at companies like Johnnic Communications Limited, Time Media Limited as well as MIH Limited and banked an award for businesswoman of the year.

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