Business & Industry Five South Africans make Africa’s ‘most influential’ list

Five South Africans make Africa’s ‘most influential’ list

Five South Africans have made it on to the prestigious Forbes Women Africa list

Five South Africans made the cut as some of the continent’s most influential roleplayers in business and other spheres at the Forbes Woman Africa gala dinner awards held earlier in March. 

The awards celebrate Africa’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership.

The inaugural gala dinner was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex in Durban.

The South Africans who were included are Dr Aisha Pandor, co-founder of SweepSouth; DJ Zinhle;  Bafana Khumalo, co-founder of Sonke Gender Justice; Charmaine Mabuza, co-founder of Zamani Holdings;  and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

“I’d like to extend congratulations to all the 2020 award winners for truly embodying this year’s summit theme – The Ceiling Crashers 2.0- Power with Purpose.”  

Renuka Methil, managing editor, Forbes Woman Africa

Here’s the full list of Forbes Woman Africa 2020 award winners:

Technology and Innovation Award:
Dr Aisha Pandor, co-founder of SweepSouth, South Africa 

Gen Y Award:
Nthabiseng Mosia, founder of Easy Solar, Sierra Leone

Entertainer Award:
DJ Zinhle, DJ and entertainer, South Africa

DJ Zinhle spoke of the hard work required to receive an award such as this one and thanked the team behind her:

Entrepreneur Award:
Olajumoke Adenowo, founder of Ad Consulting, Nigeria

Male Gender Advocate Award:
Bafana Khumalo, co-founder of Sonke Gender Justice, South Africa

Social Impact Award:
Charmaine Mabuza, co-founder of Zamani Holdings, South Africa

Mabuza inspires leaders to live by this practice:

Pioneer Award:
Irene Charnley, founder and deputy chair of Smile Telecoms Holdings

Chairperson Award:
Ibukun Awosika, chair of First Bank of Nigeria

Legacy Award:
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, South Africa

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma receiving her award: