It is an official South African tradition to honour and celebrate Women from all walks of life this month. The Mapepeza team have collected some of the women in the Lesedi region that have made an impact in their community, one way or the other.

As a disclaimer, the team took to account that there are many more women doing their part in society that have not been mentioned in this article. With that, your contribution of who should be included is appreciated.

These young black women have bought light and hope in Lesedi, they have become the change they want to see in their communities.

Their contributions have reached many, either through their talent or charitable initiatives.

FATHIMA DE JESUS

Fathima is the founder of an NGO called OwnSkiin, an organization that focuses on self-development and helping the community as a whole. Beautiful and comfortable in her own skin, she has been in the front-line in fund-raising campaigns that assist her community during this pandemic.

MAMELLO SIGASA

A student at the North West University, Mamello Enhle Sigasa is the founder of the Tsholofelo Foundation. Leading the NPO as the founder and director, they help collect and donate sanitary pads to local school girls, also having workshops focussed on empowering young women. During the nationwide lock-down, the foundation created a book club to encourage the culture of reading amongst black women.

GUGU MABUZA

Local jewellery maker and artist, Gugu expresses her feminine beauty in everything she does. A creator of accessories for ladies, the entrepreneur has started I Am Her Accessories which sells her work to audiences locally and through her social media pages. A fashion enthusiast, she also shares her advice and tips on using accessories for everyday occasions.

PRETTY KEKANA

Pretty is the founder member of MoTsha Change In Motion, an organization that offers life coaching to young people in the community. They help teenagers to understand adolescence, also assisting with mental issues plus host personal development sessions .

MoTsha recently led food parcel drives around the community, donating food to the less fortunate. They donated over 100 parcels, using various campaigns like the No Shaving Challenge and others to raise funds.

BONTLE SEBILOANE

Founder and Managing Director of the Heidelberg Jazz Festival, Bontle is an active member in her community of Ratanda who has led the annual music event to be the premier events in the local calendars.

The event combines jazz music and local culture, which also gives local artists and entrepreneurs a platform. She is also a member of the local biker community in Gauteng. They recently came to Ratanda to give away food parcels to deserving families distressed by the pandemic.

LEBOHANG MASHILOANE

A lover of literature, a story-teller and writer at Mapepeza Community Newspaper, Lebohang is a passionate community member. She is currently working on the Lesedi Book Drive,collecting books to donate to young people in her community.

She also loves sharing her anecdotes and short stories on her social media page. In her student life at Sedibeng TVET College, she is very active in her academic studies and an Student Representative Council or SRC member.

Doing her part in student politics, she is also a member of the EFFSC (Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command).

GUGULETHU MASEKO

Better known as Gugu M, she a actress singer, songwriter and professional model at ICONS Talent Management Agency.

She recently released Genesis, an EP with two tracks that are now available on all major digital music platforms. She has also been featured on Gomora, a television series playing on Mzansi Magic.

SIMPHIWE NGEMA

Co-founder of SheReigns Feminine Energy, a community movement that gathers young women doing exceptional things. The organization is recently looking for black female poets to be part of the Words & Snaps Poetry Nights, made to recognize local talent in the poetry space.

Ngema is also a professional make-up artist, vocalist and model amongst many other things. A lover of life, she shares all experiences with her large social media following.

BUSI HLATSHWAYO

Known by her stage name, Dj Boocie, she is deep house Dj and founder of the Dj Boocie Foundation. Apart from entertaining the crowds all around the community, her foundation has contributed significantly through her many charitable campaigns like the Dress-A-Matriculant and her annual school uniform give-aways.

Dj Boocie is the first lady Dj of the Ratanda Dj Festival or RDF, an annual festive event that unites music lovers from Lesedi and surrounding areas.

NONHLANHLA MKHONZA

Also known as Bookish Nonhly, she is all about literature. A book seller and ‘book-tuber’ (YouTube book reviewer) and ‘Bookstagramer (Instagram book influencer), Nonhlanhla pushes her love for books everywhere she goes. Working at the local Bargain Books store, she has also shared her collections with audiences on radio and online.

Share your input on this article

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.