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(noun) occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress; working permanently in or committed to a particular profession. Recent studies prove that young women are entering the workforce in record numbers across the world. Yet, we still talk about smashing glass ceilings and leaning in. As a diverse founding team, we love to celebrate and learn from the pioneering intra / entrepreneurs, the creatives, the academics, the moms who demonstrate authentic leadership.
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EXISTING IN WHITE MALE DOMINATED SPACES…IMPOSTER SYNDROME MUCH…EEK!
October 15, 2018
By MbewuAdmin

Over the past few years, I have had a few friends ask me how it feels to be a double minority in a majority white male dominated industry …and only now that I’ve taken time off to do my masters can I truly reflect on it. Not because I’ve never felt like the other or …

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An interview with Bongekile Radebe: On Being Her Own Cup of Tea
By MbewuAdmin

In 2015 I was asked to participate in a panel discussion at the Youth Economic Indaba hosted by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP). My particular panel was themed around women empowerment, and I was so honoured at the opportunity to share my thoughts amongst an accomplished group of young women. One …

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Interview with Siviwe Gwarube, Executive Director of Communications at the Democratic Alliance
By MbewuAdmin

It’s not often that we have the opportunity to celebrate young black women in politics, as the political environment in South Africa is dominated by older men and women. Siviwe Gwarube, who earlier this year was announced as Executive Director of Communication at the Democratic Alliance at just 28 years old, is one such person …

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Siya GuleFollow Tech. Literature. Culture. Business. Thinking about Thinking
By MbewuAdmin

What are the richest man in Japan and his employees reading? Fast Retailing’s Bookshelf A shot of one of the section’s of Fast Retailing’s HQ bookshelves “You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that …

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The Black Industrialist
By MbewuAdmin

The buzz word coming from South Africa’s development finance institutions seems to be, the black industrialists. With the growing movement of African consumers wanting to buy black, as well as platforms such as Brownsense who are pooling a network of black entrepreneurs, the timing of Mbewu Movement’s “Black Industrialist” Masterclass could not have been more pertinent. …

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Taking your Career to the next level.
By MbewuAdmin

Source: Taking your Career to the next level.

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An Interview with Boipelo Mabe on Being an Unapologetic Youth
By MbewuAdmin

As a young girl, I used to adore beauty pageants and watching Miss South Africa was an annual delight for my family and me. Fast forward to March 2012, at my first ever international women’s day event at work, and Miss South Africa 1992 Amy Kleinhans was the keynote speaker. I remembered her from my …

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The Journey (Part II)
By MbewuAdmin

This is a two-part story about my journey from Med student to Marketing professional to where I am today (banking): the obstacles I’ve faced and the sacrifices I’ve had to make. So there I was, nearly three years into a fruitful career in marketing, thinking about the next big biscuit whilst contemplating making a major …

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An Interview with Phumzile Sitole, a South African actor taking the US by storm
By MbewuAdmin

The first time I met Phumzile was on an impromptu trip to New Jersey, USA, to see South African jazz musician Vuyo Sotashe’s graduation performance, along with my childhood friend, Kenyan/Ethiopian South African raised theatre maker, Shariffa Ali. After that amazing day, I was so proud of these young South Africans who were, in their …

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Navigating Corporate Bullshit- as a (black) female
By MbewuAdmin

You know you are borderline old when things you learnt in PSYCH101 in first year of university eleven years ago start making sense? (Lol). One of many Sigmund Freud theories is that; your conditioning as a human being, your experiences between the ages of 1-5 years old are the most important in shaping the human …

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PODCAST: Thandi Ntuli
By MbewuAdmin

This is the unedited recording of an interview with jazz musician Thandi Ntuli.

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PODCAST: Aisha R. Pandor
By MbewuAdmin

This is an unedited recording of an interview with entrepreneur Aisha R. Pandor.

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#WCW Meet Black Female owner of Barbara McKenzie Boutique
By MbewuAdmin

Mbewu Movement meets Kendibone “Kendi” Sapepa of Barbara McKenzie

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The Journey (Part I)
By MbewuAdmin

This is a two-part story about my journey from Med student to Marketing professional to where I am today (banking): the obstacles I’ve faced and the sacrifices I’ve had to make. It’s 19h00 on a Sunday and the Carte Blanche theme song goes on. How are you feeling? Do you slowly start drafting your suicide …

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Meet South Africa’s Rising Children’s Book Author – Refiloe Moahloli
By MbewuAdmin

On a lovely Saturday in Johannesburg I interviewed our April career woman and author, Refiloe Moahloli. The interview took place at Warm and Glad, a trendy restaurant in Craighall Park, which was fitting because that’s exactly how Refiloe made me feel. This bright and petite figure with a gorgeous smile and enthusiastic energy just effortlessly …

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Spread Your Wings
By MbewuAdmin

Opportunities for international work
experience abound in our increasingly
globalised world. Here’s how to position
yourself to take advantage of them

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Spread Your Wings: Tips on How to Build a Global Career
By MbewuAdmin

In recent years, some of SA’s most talented and influential youth have made names for themselves on the world stage. From politician Lindiwe Mazibuko to comedian Trevor Noah, more and more young professionals are pursuing global aspirations and catapulting their careers to new heights. Interestingly, many workplace studies on millennials reveal that this generation is …

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A Say On Pay…
By MbewuAdmin

Our #MbewuContributor Ziyanda Khumalo shares an interesting anecdotal article around experiences on issues of pay in the work space. Share your views and experiences as well, we would love to hear from you:

mbewumovement@googlegroups.com

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On Bullshit- Why thinking matters
By MbewuAdmin

“Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through” says Arthur Abdel Simpson, recounting advice received from his father in Eric Ambler’s novel Dirty Story.The author of this article received a similar canard in his youth when a well-meaning adult would channel W.C. Fields by advising “if you can’t dazzle them with your …

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#GetYourselfASponsor!
By MbewuAdmin

My parents are civil servants and could not give me survival tips for the corporate world; as for my friends, I was the first to get formal employment and I had no idea on what to expect from the corporate world but boy was I ready! I had done my fair share of using public …

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Meet the faces behind Think: A black female owned advertising and marketing agency and winners of Mbewu Dragon’s Den
By MbewuAdmin

This past Saturday, 4 March, creative minds and budding entrepreneurs gathered for the first Mbewu Masterclass of 2017 discussing and engaging on all issues related to Taking the Leap into entrepreneurship. Incredible insights were shared by our speakers: Nothando Moleketi (Founder and COO of Reware, a pre-loved mobile phone retailer); Abed Tau (Founder of multiple …

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An Interview with Dope Saint Jude: On Hip Hop and Hidden Figures
By MbewuAdmin

My earliest memory of hearing local female rap music was listening to Goddessa’s feel good beat “Mindz Ablaze” about 10 years ago. Fast forward to December 2016 and the trio of #femrappers were celebrated with a lifetime achievement award at the SA Hip Hop Awards. But, if you had to randomly ask any young South …

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The Right To Blossom
By MbewuAdmin

“Freedom? You’re asking me about freedom? You’re asking me about freedom? I’ll be honest with you. I know a whole more about what freedom isn’t than about what it is, because I’ve never been free.” – Assata Shakur As I pen this article, I am overwhelmed with emotion and trepidation at the thought of change. It’s …

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An Interview with Lungi Ntuli: On forging the future of tennis
By MbewuAdmin

If you search the word #GOAT on twitter, you are likely to be presented with two top results: Roger Federer and Serena Williams. This shouldn’t be a surprise, considering just this weekend they won their 18th (Federer) and 23rd (Serena) grand slam singles respectively and their combined net worth of $500 million. But while we …

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Technology with a purpose
By MbewuAdmin

In a time, in a world, on a continent and in a country where so much is happening; I have found it always important to “check out” (emotionally, mentally, spiritually) of the world and re-group. Others call this “pulling yourself towards yourself”; if you have never heard this phrase I’m sure you’re wondering: ‘well how …

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Ladies and Gents…I have a confession
By MbewuAdmin

I have a confession… there is nothing I enjoy doing more than reflecting. I thrive on listening to people, hearing them out, hearing their life stories, hearing how they have overcome obstacles, hearing how they have fallen, gotten up and achieved. I enjoy doing this more and more each day, especially as I seem to …

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An interview with Thami Zikalala: On Pop Art & Her Design Thinking
By MbewuAdmin

For many art aficionados the heydays of the pop art movement between 1960s and 1970s were a fascinating time. Andy Warhol was at the forefront of disrupting the high art world, not only because of how it brought pop culture and consumerism in to elite gallery spaces, but also because of how he went from …

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An interview with Aisha Pandor: On the Magic of Entrepreneurship & the Sharing Economy
By MbewuAdmin

We’ve heard it all millennials– from being branded narcissistic and entitled to optimistic and innovative. Nonetheless, I was encouraged by Forbes Women Africa which recently featured a spread of diverse, African female millennial entrepreneurs. It was refreshing to see a positive narrative of young African women who are bringing fresh ideas to the continent and …

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Taming the Stress of Too Much to Do and Too Many Obstacles Dr. Sharon Melnick, Ph.D.
By MbewuAdmin

In the business world today, there is a “new normal” that says we simply have to accomplish more, but with fewer resources. If you are a sales representative, you have 12 hours of work to do in an 8-hour day. If you have to do “this” and do “that” plus network for your business and …

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How to Articulate your Career Achievements
By MbewuAdmin

The New Year brings with it new beginnings and a possible desire for change.  When updating your CV or looking for a new job, are you able to articulate all the skills and work experience you’ve managed to acquire? Arno Wakfer, our guest blogger, provides valuable insights and tips on the art of learning how to …

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An Interview With Thandi Ntuli: On Success, Afro-Jazz & Soothing Lonely Hearts
By MbewuAdmin

The glitz and the glamour of the music industry often fools the public into thinking that everything comes easy for young and talented artists. We hardly ever see the diligence, tenacity, resilience and sheer hustle that all comes with the territory when perfecting the studio recordings, expressing both power and vulnerability on stage, and creatively …

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The Future of Self-Branding
By MbewuAdmin

The future of self-branding in my opinion really is an idea borrowed from history.  We are slowly learning not to reinvent the wheel in this day and age. It’s the modern day equivalent of sitting around the fire and listening to the older generation teach life lessons through story telling. And it is one of …

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Who Are Our Aspiring African Leaders? Reflections on 21st Century Youth
By MbewuAdmin

As I reflect on the panel that I addressed at the 7th African Youth and Governance (AYC) Conference held at the Pan African Parliament…I was privileged to sit with 4 driven young Africans that are making a difference in the continent with 25 African Countries represented in the conference. It was rather befitting that this …

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Warning! Comfort Zone Ahead
By MbewuAdmin

The comfort zone occupied by well educated, melanin privileged women in corporate South Africa is starting to become the new plateaux. Some women that are lucky enough to hold the limited sought after positions in corporate South Africa are beginning to sit back, ease into their new comfortable seats and become observers, pretty ornaments, things …

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ALU & Mbewu Movement Present: Taking Your Career To The Next Level
By MbewuAdmin

You are invited to our next Mentor Event in partnership with ALU (www.alueducation.com) – “Taking your career to the next level’. Keynote Speaker – Fred Swaniker, CEO of ALU Panel Discussion – Nhlanhla Dlamini, MD of Maneli Group Naseera Ebrahim, Legal Exec at Massbuild Ntokozo Mbuli, Director at Clive Morris Productions Click on the following …

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Three Tech Tips to Better Organise Your Work Life
By MbewuAdmin

I’m constantly struggling to organise my rather manic life. Between holding down a corporate job, running Tech Girl, writing for this rad little spot and trying to compete on my horse (yes, I’m trying to do that too) I need to find time to formulate some sort of “to do” list. Here are three tech …

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What I Learnt From Leaving My First Job
By MbewuAdmin

According to Harvard Business Review and the Bureau of Labour Statistics, the average professional stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.6 years (HBR article here). However, this statistic halves when assessing younger generations of professionals, which means we are likely to have around 15 jobs over the course of our working lives. …

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Why South Africa Needs More Women in Business
By MbewuAdmin

As a young black woman investment banker who works in a (white) male dominated environment, it’s sad to note just how under-represented women are in my industry. A whole week can go by without a single woman present in any meeting I attend. It can be lonely and tough – Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ has …

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“The next African Leader starts with You-th”…Fred Swaniker
By MbewuAdmin

He is acknowledged as being one of the ’10 young power men in Africa’ by Forbes Magazine, recognised by President Barack Obama as one of the ‘Young Global Leaders’ and he is also one of the individuals who is shaping where the next African generation is going; he is Fred Swaniker. Today marks a symbolic, …

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Can Stellar disrupt the stokvel? Mbewu meets the CEO to find out
By MbewuAdmin

For many of us outside of the tech “start-up” world, there is an indescribable allure about the idea of coming up with an innovative idea that fundamentally changes the lives of millions of people around the world. We’ve seen companies like Twitter, Alibaba, Uber and even… Tinder, transform the way millions of us respectively receive …

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Mbewu Movement Youth Day Mentor Session with Fred Swaniker
By MbewuAdmin

Mbewu Movement is proud to invite you to our next Mentor Session with Guest Mentor, Fred Swaniker: Fred Swaniker is passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African …

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Have we let our schooling interfere with our education?
By MbewuAdmin

I am a UCT alum and I recently attended the UCT Association of Black Alumni (UCTABA) event which hosted a discussion with Vice Chancellor, Dr. Max Price. The event was quite well attended and, having never been to an UCTABA event before, I found it refreshing to network with familiar and unfamiliar black alums. In …

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"WCW"…Priscillah Mabelane, CFO BP Southern Africa "Preparing for the C-Suite"
By MbewuAdmin

Having made my way through the nightmare of load shedding traffic, I arrived to a group of men and women eagerly waiting to hear about how to prepare for the C-suite. I sat and thought to myself that I hoped that the talk would be more than just about “what are the 5 key career …

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The Generation That Can Fix Africa….
By MbewuAdmin

Fred Swaniker (born c. 1976) is a Ghanaian serial entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He has launched five organizations that aim at developing leaders, primarily in Africa. He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, an institution located outside Johannesburg in South Africa that aims to develop 6,000 transformative leaders for Africa …

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7 Steps to Crack it as a Businesswoman
By MbewuAdmin

I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. – Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo

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Thandulwazi Grade 12 Career Day
By MbewuAdmin

On 7th March 2015 Mbewu Movement hosted the Thandulwazi Grade 12 Career Day. Hundreds of matriculants from around Johannesburg filled the St Stithians Girl’s Hall. Speakers from various backgrounds and careers shared with the students their journeys and experiences in their paths chosen. A key emphasis was on exposing the students to both traditional and …

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2014 Lesson: Vulnerability Equals Strength
By MbewuAdmin

Almost every year around this time, there is that one person who will ask me: what from last year will you take with you into the new year? How I have viewed this question is, “what lesson(s) did you learn in the past year?” After the year I’ve had, it is no surprise that my …

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Mbewu Movement partners with Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy
By MbewuAdmin

It is with great pleasure that we announce our partnership with Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy, a Saturday school run by the St Stithians Foundation to address the gap in teaching that some children experience at other schools in Gauteng. Mbewu Movement has committed to delivering life skills to the learners once a month. Our …

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The time has come for the South African Dream
By MbewuAdmin

On Saturday, 11 October 2014 the Mbewu Movement community had breakfast with Sandisiwe Vilakazi, who is a Communications Specialist at the Secretariat for the National Planning Commission. The topic of discussion was “The Role of Young Women in Shaping our National Development” and naturally this attracted a group of young women who were both excited …

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Halala Malala!
By MbewuAdmin

On March 8, 2014, International Women’s Day 2014, Malala Yousafzai said: “Today is a day of celebration for women all around the world. We should take pride in all that we have accomplished over the years. We have come so far and overcome so much, and together we only grow stronger. While celebrating, though, we …

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“Should women be running the global economy?”…
By MbewuAdmin

Yes! The global economy is primarily in the state it is in because “it’s a mans world”…well not entirely but we are where we are because of the ways in which the ‘powerful’ men have decided to run the world economy for decades. Watch this highly inspiring talk ‘Davos 2014 – Gender Driven Growth’. The …

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iMbewu goes to London
By MbewuAdmin

I come from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Ntabankulu, it is one of the most impoverished towns of the Eastern Cape. Ntabankulu has the lowest life expectancy and HDI in the country. HDI is essentially the measure of the quality of life in values ranging from 0 to 1, with 1 being …

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TED Presents Sarah Jones
By MbewuAdmin

Sarah Jones is a Tony Award winning monologist and UNICEF ambassador. Watch as she takes on 11 different characters to answer “life’s biggest questions” [ted id=1989]

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Mentor Networking Session Invite – Veronica Devine
By MbewuAdmin

The greater Mbewu Community is invited to our next Mentor Networking Session where Veronica Devine, Founder of Justine Cosmetics will share with us “The art of networking” and its importance in escalating our personal brands and careers. Please share with others who would be willing to attend.

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Becoming a Thought Leader – What does it really mean?
By MbewuAdmin

On April 1st 2014 Mbewu Movement hosted its second event of the year at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice in Melrose Arch. The event style was quite unique in that we had three guest mentors (instead of the usual one) and still managed to have an intimate networking session with the mentors, Mbewu founding …

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Leading Woman in ICT sector: Ory Okolloh
By MbewuAdmin

Ory Okolloh is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and blogger. She currently holds the position of Director of Investments at Omidyar Network. She was formerly the Policy Manager for Africa with Google Click on the link below to watch a short video in which Ory Okolloh speaks about “Africans enjoy technology” http://www.theguardian.com/media/video/2011/jun/22/google-africa-technology-video A fitting post this …

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Sheryl Sandberg: So we leaned in…now what?
By MbewuAdmin

A very interesting TedTalk conversation with a female pioneer in her field. There are many key messages in this video clip, what stood out the most was the importance of “gendered discourse”. Language directed at ‘men’ and ‘women’ usually differs and people do this subconsciously. Enjoy! MM

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Women As Leaders
By MbewuAdmin

With International Women’s Day just a week behind us, there has been a lot of talk about gender equality, the progress made along the years, and what it means to be a 21st century woman. Articles and related topics trended on social media. One such topic is the Ban Bossy campaign launched by Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice and …

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Perspectives on Success with Phuti Mahanyele
By MbewuAdmin

On 7 February 2014, members of Mbewu Movement met with CEO of Shanduka Group, Phuti Mahanyele to discuss and share views on “Perspectives on Success”. This meeting was different to previous mentor meetings that have been organised by the founding members, as this time the meeting was open for friends outside of Mbewu to attend …

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Mentor Session with Mandla Msimang
By MbewuAdmin

“You are educated. You are liberated. You have the responsibility to define what lies in the box and what stays outside of the box.” – Mandla Msimang Mandla Msimang has a passion for finding ways in which ICT can be used for development, from both a policy and implementation perspective. As the founder of Pygma …

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Mentor Session with Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
By MbewuAdmin

We kicked off the session with a brief introduction of Mbewu and ourselves as members of the group. Having been a Teacher, Lecturer, Deputy Minister, Minister and Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka shared with us her background, her path to success and where she is today. She is currently involved in the Umlambo Foundation which she …

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Mentor Session with Dr. Vuyo Mahlati
By MbewuAdmin

Dr. Vuyo Mahlati is the current President of the International Women’s Forum South Africa. In May 2010 she was appointed by the President to serve as one of the inaugural members of South Africa’s National Planning Commission for five years. Vuyo obtained her PhD from the University of Stellenbosch – her thesis focusing on the role of value …

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Mentor Session with Sisonke Msimang
By MbewuAdmin

Sisonke Msimang is the Senior Programmes Director for Sonke Gender Justice Network. Msimang works on human rights, good governance and transparency issues in Africa. She has global, regional and national experience, having worked for the United Nations as well as within the civil society sector and in private philanthropy. Until November 2012, she led George Soros’ philanthropic efforts based …

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An interview with Sunni Faba, SA’s TV and Film trailblazer
February 9, 2018
By MbewuAdmin

If you have had any encounter with Sunni Faba, you’ll agree that her energy is so warm and friendly, one might feel like they’ve been friends with her forever. She’s poised and has a killer smile that is so infectious that you’ll stop and smile yourself. Sunni has been rising through the ranks (at warp …

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An interview with Thami Zikalala: On Pop Art & Her Design Thinking
June 19, 2016
By MbewuAdmin

For many art aficionados the heydays of the pop art movement between 1960s and 1970s were a fascinating time. Andy Warhol was at the forefront of disrupting the high art world, not only because of how it brought pop culture and consumerism in to elite gallery spaces, but also because of how he went from …

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An Interview with Nothando Moleketi: On Feeding Her Passions & Maximising Her Potential
May 30, 2016
By MbewuAdmin

According to career coach Emilie Wapnick, adaptability will be the single most important skill which organisations and individuals will require in order to thrive in the 21st Century. I heard her say these words in her Ted Talk titled “Why some of us don’t have one true calling”. During her talk, Wapnick centres the discussion …

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An Interview With Thandi Ntuli: On Success, Afro-Jazz & Soothing Lonely Hearts
February 1, 2016
By MbewuAdmin

The glitz and the glamour of the music industry often fools the public into thinking that everything comes easy for young and talented artists. We hardly ever see the diligence, tenacity, resilience and sheer hustle that all comes with the territory when perfecting the studio recordings, expressing both power and vulnerability on stage, and creatively …

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ALU & Mbewu Movement Present: Taking Your Career To The Next Level
October 2, 2015
By MbewuAdmin

You are invited to our next Mentor Event in partnership with ALU (www.alueducation.com) – “Taking your career to the next level’. Keynote Speaker – Fred Swaniker, CEO of ALU Panel Discussion – Nhlanhla Dlamini, MD of Maneli Group Naseera Ebrahim, Legal Exec at Massbuild Ntokozo Mbuli, Director at Clive Morris Productions Click on the following …

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“WCW”…Priscillah Mabelane, CFO BP Southern Africa “Preparing for the C-Suite”
May 13, 2015
By MbewuAdmin

Having made my way through the nightmare of load shedding traffic, I arrived to a group of men and women eagerly waiting to hear about how to prepare for the C-suite. I sat and thought to myself that I hoped that the talk would be more than just about “what are the 5 key career …

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“I” – A Promise To Myself
March 23, 2015
By MbewuAdmin

“Peace to fashion police, I wear my heart / On my sleeve, let the runway start / You know the miserable do love company / What do you want from me and my scars? / Everybody lack confidence, everybody lack confidence / How many times my potential was anonymous? / How many times the city …

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It’s….a girl
January 19, 2015
By MbewuAdmin

“A girl perhaps no more than 10 years old detonated powerful explosives concealed under her veil at a crowded northern Nigeria market on Saturday, killing as many as 20 people and wounding many more.” NEW YORK TIMES Speculated to be ten; at ten years old, 1 decade, a daughter, a friend… at ten years old. …

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A Feminist’s Guide to Networking – Sisterhood is better than Golf
July 7, 2014
By MbewuAdmin

Networking events; an awkward evening of making small talk with strangers, trying to see them for who they are beyond their well-polished façade and magazine perfect outfit. This is the unfortunate attitude that many have adopted towards networking events, as such they have become the thing we dread, but have to do. Mbewu Movement hosted …

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Camping Khapela Founder Karabo Sepharatla
October 29, 2018

Karabo Sepharatla of Camping Khapela shares the services offered by the travel company as well as his journey.

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