Read about all the female speakers at Essence Fest, Durban

Read about all the female speakers at Essence Fest, Durban

Today being Woman Crush Wednesday, we are highlighting the women who will be speaking at the much anticipated Essence Fest Durban happening from 26th September to 1st October at the Durban International Convention Centre. We celebrate these women who are experts in their different fields and who can confidentally say have put in the hours to achieve excellence in their respective careers. 

1. Jill Scott.

The 3 time grammy award winner. Most famous for her song 'Golden' is also a model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, went platinum. She has starred in films like Get up and Go, Hounddog, Why did I get married? and the TV show, The Number 1 Ladie’s Detective Agency set in Botswana. Scott established the Blues Babe Foundation, a program founded to help young minority students pay for university expenses.

2. Nomzamo Mbatha.

Nomzamo is a young lady who keeps proving that you can do it all. She is a South African Model and Actress. She is the first South African face of Neutrogena, a L’Oréal Paris hair advocate, a Puma and Audi ambassador. She has starred in the movie 'Tell me Sweet Nothing' and nominated in the Africa Movie Academy Award for best actress in a leading role. Sowetan Live featured her as one of the sexiest South Africans in 2014. The 27 year old recently hosted BET’s 2017 International Awards and besides showing her hosting prowess she got heads turning and tounges wagging with her drop dead South African fashion ensemble. She is set to serve as an ambassador for Essence Fest and has pledged to provide 20 buses with her own funding, to help provide transportation for Durban’s youth to experience the festival.

3.  Phuti Mahanyele .

Phuti is a South African business executive, the chief executive officer and founder of her own investment firm, Sigma Capital. She was selected as Forbes Business Woman of the Year in 2014. In 2014, she stepped down as CEO of the Shanduka Group in July, having doubled the firm’s net asset value to R8 billion in the past five years.

4. Dr. Judy Dlamini.

Judy is a qualified medical doctor, accomplished businesswoman with an MBA and PhD in business leadership, and published author. She owns and operates luxury retail stores Luminance and is chairperson of Mbekani Group and Aspen Pharmacare Limited. She is the author of "Equal but Different" a book she wrote while researching the impact of race, gender and social class on female CEOs in SA.

5. Ntombenhele Khathwane.

Owner of AfroBotanics, a natural haircare range, Ntombenhe;e realised that there were natural products available that were geared towards natural hair care, but they weren’t easily accessible. That’s when  she decided to build a brand that would be sold in national retail chains. She was honoured as as one of 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (Mipad) in the Business and Entrepreneurship category.

6. Lindiwe Rakharebe.

Lindiwe is The Chief Executive Officer of the Durban ICC, leading a team of more than 200 staff at the largest conference centre in Africa. The International Conference Centre (ICC) in Durban is also the busiest in the country with more than 20,000 delegates and an average of 30 different events a month. 

7. Johanna Mukoki.

Johanna is an accountant and co-founder of Travel with Flair, a company she started 18 years ago with her two partners. She started with only 3 employees and one office in Pretoria. Currently her company employs 800 staff country wide and they have offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

8. Catherine Chidgey.

Catherine is an award-winning New Zealand novelist and short-story writer. Her debut novel, 'In a Fishbone Church' was published in 1998 and was widely praised in New Zealand and overseas, winning the Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction at the New Zealand Book Awards in 1998

9. Lindiwe Hani.

Lindiwe is a marketing and communications expert. She is the author of the book Being Chris Hani’s Daughter which talks about how the assassination of her struggle icon father sent her on a downward spiral into cocaine and alcohol addiction. Chris Hani‚ leader of the South African Communist Party‚ was shot dead in his driveway in the suburb of Dawn Park‚ Boksburg‚ in April 1993.

For a full list of speakers check out the official ESSENCE Fest Durban 2017 webpage 


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