6 Celebrity Business Women to inspire you

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  • By PR Team
  • 1 September, 2017

Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. Hillary Rodham Clinton

The rise of successful business women in South Africa is inspiring to watch.

Women are rising above the limitations and standards set by society and challenging the norms. This is incredible to watch as women are making waves in significant sectors of business.

This womens month we admire and honor the women that are representing us in the business field. The emergence of successful women is a symbol of the change in times and a demonstration of the strength women have. Let us have a look at successful business women who have also become luminary figures in their industry.    


Khanyi Dhlomo 

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Khanyi Dhlomo is one of Africas most successful business woman that has made a significant impact in the media industry. She inspires a lot of young South Africans who desire to make an impact in the media field. South Africans have had the pleasure to watch the media mogul transition from an editor to creating her own magazine.

Khanyi was born in the humble township of Umlazi. She attended The Girls' Collegiate School in Pietermaritzburg where she was the first black student. At age 16 she won the Thandi Face cover Girl competition, which prompted her love for magazines. By the age of 22, she became the Editor of True Love Magazine.

At present Khanyi Dhlomo is the Founder and CEO of Ndalo Media as well as Ndalo Luxury Ventures. Khanyis influence in the media space has grown as she is the founding editor of Destiny Magazine and most recently she has taken over Elle Magazine South Africa. 

Sashi Naidoo 

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Sashi Naidoo is a humble and loveable character and the star has opened up on some difficult times in her life. She has motivated people to think positively about themselves by sharing some of her personal experiences. The star shared information about a time in her life where she had monobrow, braces and felt overlooked in her school days.

Sashi was born in Port Elizabeth, she moved to Joburg to study chiropractic medicine. After completing the course she then began her acting career and instantly became a favorite on our screens in the soapie Backstage.

Sashi has become an entrepreneur and has pioneered a modeling agency called Alushi models. The modeling agency brings a unique element to the modeling world. The agency has character models, which is a variety of models for different purposes. These type of models stretch the concept of typical models. Sashi Naidoo also has another successful beauty business called The Laser Boutique. The boutique offers laser and non-invasive beauty treatments that minimises the chances of people undergoing surgery.

It is encouraging to see that although she has gone through hardships, she has overcome them.

Bonang Matheba

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Bonang Mathebas resilience and ambitious nature in the industry inspires many. The star keeps on growing her brand and is evolving into a successful business woman. Bonangs confidence and self-belief has encouraged young South Africans to pursue their dreams. Through her charisma and charm, she has worked successfully with various brands and organisations.

Bonangs rise to fame was not a smooth transition. The young media mogul was still pursuing her studies when she had to make a tough decision to cut her studies to follow her dream to be a presenter. Bonang got her first break when she won a TV presenting show called LIVE where she spent 5 years. With her success as a presenter, she quickly became one of the entertainment industrys most sought after artist. She has hosted South African Music Awards, Channel O music awards, SAFTAs and many more award shows.

Today Bonang Matheba is growing her brand as a powerful business woman who has launched various business projects. Through her success, Bonang has created the Bonang Matheba Fund and recently awarded bursaries to 10 young people to study at any Boston College.

Bonangs brand has introduced hosting TV presenting classes, she has a new book called Bonang from A-B which is now a bestseller in the country. Bonang also surprised the country when she launched BMoji app which is emojis of the star, available on Google Play and Apple Store.

Bonang excited her fans this year when she announced her own reality show called Being Bonang which she co-produces. Brand Bonang is an empire that is going to take the business world by storm.

Cindy Nell 

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Cindy Nell is a powerhouse of a businesswoman in South Africa. Her enthusiasm for the TV and beauty industry is breath-taking and something that has made the nation sit up and take notice.

We love how the pageant star has transitioned into a business woman in the beauty industry. Cindys passion for business and beauty products has inspired many. Cindy is the Former Miss South Africa 2002 and runner-up of Miss World 2003.

She is the owner of a thriving cosmetics business in the beauty industry. Shes been a TV personality on lifestyle show Pasella and has been featured on multiple magazine covers. Cindy Nell has branded herself as a style icon that many women look up to.

Cindys love for makeup and skincare products inspired a company she co-owns called Cosmetix. The company manufactures quality cosmetics like the favorite self-tanning product called the Caribbean Tan.


Siba Mntongana 

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Siba Mntongana is one of the countrys most loved celebrity chefs who critics say is giving Nigella Lawson a run for her money. Siba was born in East London and as a child, she enjoyed preparing meals for her family. She then studied Food and Consumer Science in Cape Town and her began her food career.

South Africans enjoy watching Siba prepare sensational meals on her TLC show that plays on Food Network. Siba is the recipient of many international awards and is the author of a cookbook titled My Table. The book instantly became one of the best-selling books in the country.

Siba founded her company called The Siba co. which is a business that focuses on all things food related. The star says she plans to grow her business through food, homeware, restaurants and much more. Siba is one of the chefs that have notable recognition in the culinary industry.


Azania Mosaka 

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Azania Mosaka is an influential figure in the radio and beauty business industry. Azania hosts a show on 702 FM called The Azania Mosaka Show.

Azania is a woman who has used her voice to speak about various contemporary challenges affecting society. Through her radio hosting show, she has enlightened listeners on a diverse range informative topics. Azania has had ongoing discussions on higher education transformation. Her show engages listeners on many interesting topics and she is a voice that is able to bring attention to many issues.

Azania Mosaka comes from the township of Soweto and experienced turbulent times in her childhood during political clashes. After winning a prize in her high school years to travel to London and Paris she came back and studied a BCom Degree at Wits University.

Azanias famous Metro FM show called Total Bliss is what made the country fall in love with her voice. Today she is a director at Miss Salon London, which is a beauty salon business and online store. She directs the impressive boutique and nails bar with her two partners who are her friends. Azania offers advice to aspiring female entrepreneurs on how to be successful. 

A career in Business as a woman 

Women in the business market today are recognised entrepreneurs who are breaking records and creating new trends. They are bold ambitious business women with great ideas that make their businesses a success. At the same time, they are women who have families, kids and challenges like the ordinary woman but they carry this with incredible power and poise.

As a woman with a vision to go into business, you need to be brave enough to pursue your goals.    Acquiring a businessqualification at a Business school is a great solution when it comes to pursuing a business venture. A business course will train you with all the vital knowledge a business needs to prosper. The success of business women who are making it has created sufficient influence for women to believe in their own magic. These are valuable qualities aspiring business people can learn from to achieve what they desire and aspire towards. 

About the Author: Khanyie Dlamini
Content Creator at Educor Holdings

As a writer in the education sector I am passionate about nurturing people in their careers, wellness and personal growth. I focus on a variety of illuminating topics that are helpful to peoples growth and success. I hope to inspire people to feel motivated to live up to their full potential and know they can have an optimistic and prosperous life. My intention is to contribute to an empowered nation that makes great choices and positive change.

Personally I enjoy the world of fashion and keeping up with the trends. I have great interest in digital trends and the impact of social media in todays world. I enjoy learning from other creative people. I value having purposeful relationships with people who have great visions that align with my own.

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