Celebrating South African Business Queens for National Women’s Day

Alright, ladies and lads, let’s put on our celebration hats because it’s National Women’s Day! And oh, do we have a treat for you. We’re giving a massive shoutout to some absolute powerhouse female business moguls from South Africa. If any local business queens inspire you, don’t hold back – tell us all about them in the comments below! 

💎 The Mining Maven: Bridgette Radebe

First off, let’s talk about the mining maven, Bridgette Radebe. From starting as a miner, she rose to become the big boss of Mmakau Mining. Talk about striking gold! Oh, and she’s all for black women making big moves in the mining world.

🌆 Corporate Superstar: Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa

Up next, the corporate superstar, Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa. As the head honcho at Naspers, South Africa, her journey of resilience and climbing the corporate ladder, especially after a personal loss, is downright awe-inspiring.

🍷 Wine and Philanthropy: Wendy Appelbaum

Now, let’s raise a glass to Wendy Appelbaum. Not just because she’s one of Africa’s wealthiest women, but because she’s the genius behind DeMorgenzon wine estate. And her giving heart? It’s as big as her business acumen.

🚀 Women Empowerment Champion: Wendy Luhabe

Speaking of game-changers, Wendy Luhabe is a beacon for women empowerment. From creating platforms for women to become economic powerhouses to helping fresh grads find their career path, she’s a force to reckon with.

📡 Telecom Titan: Irene Charnley

Can we take a moment for Irene Charnley? From the frontlines of trade unions to leading the show at Smile Telecoms, she’s redefined growth and ambition.

🎓 From Medic to Mogul: Dr. Judy Dlamini

Let’s not forget about the dynamic Dr. Judy Dlamini. From doctor to business tycoon, her journey, peppered with an MBA and a Ph.D., is stuff legends are made of.

🏡 Housing and Policy Powerhouse: Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

Up in the political and economic big leagues, we’ve got Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube, shaping economic policies while championing women in the housing sector.

🗣️From Activism to Boardrooms: Cheryl Carolus

A standing ovation for Cheryl Carolus, please! Her journey from battling apartheid to being a titan in business is the stuff of legends.

✈️ Aviation Aficionado: Monhla Hlahla

Jet-setting into our list, Monhla Hlahla has been the wind beneath ACSA’s wings, steering it to new heights and redefining aviation excellence.

🌍 Globe-trotting Goals: Johanna Mukoki

And last, but definitely not least, the travel goddess, Johanna Mukoki. She’s the brains behind Travel with Flair and holds a prominent spot on the Global Tourism Board. Talk about globe-trotting goals!


Phew! What a list. The sheer power, resilience, and ambition of these women? Mind-blowing.  So, over to you – which South African businesswoman lights up your world? Let’s chat below! 


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