Luxury Trailblazers

A Game Changer and A Phenomenal Woman – Ugeshree Thakurpesad

“Reach for the stars and keep our feet firmly on the ground.” When passion drives you, your work becomes evident in your results.  We celebrate another phenomenal woman who is making a different through her dedication to see woman thrive and excel in what they do. We connect with Ugeshree Thakurpesad, to share her journey of entrepreneurship as well as  common challenges small businesses find themselves facing.  She intend to use the knowledge gained to improve my value add to both business and …



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A Mover and A Shaker in Engineering – Phenomenal Woman Malani Padayachee

A trailblazer, whom nothing could stop her and her business partner from acquiring MOT MacDonald Africa in the midst of Covid-19. Malani Padayachee-Saman, will be taking over the role of CEO of the yet to be rebranded company from MOT MaCDonald to MPAMOT.  This announcement was made on Monday 9th August.  This move highlights how women are determined to rise and change the face representation in the segments they dominate.  In a press release issued by the two partners “There has been a slowdown …



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Africa’s Sweetheart Niniola Back with Hit Single ‘ADDICTED’

  “She’s the Queen of Afro House” – Rollingstone Magazine “The Afro House queen dives deep into Afrobeat history” – The Fader Magazine “….the singer who has managed to carve her own lane in the bustling Nigerian music scene” – Okay Africa Johannesburg, South Africa – Multi award winning Nigerian artiste Niniola is back with her new single ADDICTED  which is already making waves on radio stations across the continent.  Having organically shot to fame across the globe in 2017, with hit single …



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Bravery Daily Delight #19

  The temptation to quit will be greatest just before your breakthrough. Do not give up. This is when you need support and a Tribe that tells you, YOU CAN DO IT. Do not give up. Who’s your TRIBE. #positiveattitude #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #thefutureisfemale #strongertogether #togetherwecan  



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Business Strength in Adversity Thriving Under Pressure

Hawk adds a touch of feminine leadership in a ‘man’s world’ and in a difficult time 18 August 2020: In the largely male-dominated world of high-pressure pumps, cleaners and accessories, Melanie Mokawem, Director at Hawk, is flouting expectations and taking the lead this Women’s Month. She shared some insight on what it means to take charge in this high-pressure role. “I’ve learned to tune out the noise and get on with it,” says Melanie on being a woman in a sector dominated by men. She continues …



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Buyi Mafoko: Embracing Self and Striving for the Very Best

  Inspired by the unrelenting pursuit of her dreams to create a meaningful legacy. Buyi was born into a family of self-starters that have a strong influence in her life.   She embraced the discovery of becoming entrepreneurial from the foundations of her career. Her demeanour to life is that of a student and the opportunity to constantly learn has been her greatest motivation to stay the course. The quote by Lao Tzu perfectly articulates the season she is growing into, a naturally reflectiv …



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Carol Bouwer of Carol Bouwer Productions, Board Member of Norval Foundation

  She describe herself as a lover of life and consume life in big chunks, whether it’s travel, nature, music, food, conversation, friendships, art, literature and everything that is infused with enthusiasm and curiosity. She admits to embrace all these and partake enthusiastically. She is a businesswoman,  television producer her  joy is derived from creating beauty which her bags fully represents. Carol Bouwer shares advise with other women on how to take your power back and believe you ca …



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Chantel Dartnall Chef and Owner of Restaurant Mosaic

  Chantal Dartnall is one phenomenal woman renowned in the restaurant industry.  We share her story of passion, dedication and hard work.  Winning awards is certainly not a one day affair and her story is one that is inspirational but more importantly her passion for food has taken her to great brave heights of success. Having been recognized as the Best Lady Chef in the World at the annual Best Chef Awards in 2017, and twice being named South African Chef of the Year at the annual Eat Out …



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Food, Restaurants and Luxury Clubs, Luxury Restaurants, Luxury Trailblazers, Profiled Entrepreneurs

Define Your Tribe Daily Delight #14

  Which women in your tribe have inspired, motivated, mentored, encouraged and supported you when you felt like giving up.  Which women in your circles of networks have gone beyond their call of duty and certainly stand out in what they do?  This challenge is for everyone to name and tag the phenomenal women in your journey who are just enough and worth it.  Create the ripple effects of contagious success and celebrate these women. During the month of August, we will be profiling  phenomena …



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Elana Brundyn, Director Of Norval Foundation

  “We need to hear women’s voices – in our workspaces, on the world stage and in our communities. To the girls, the women, the mothers, the daughters – speak up, raise your voices. We need to hear you” Elana Brundyn Elana Brundyn, is a passionate philanthropist with a special eye on collectable art.  Her experience, drive and attention to detail in focusing on the finer details has set her apart in the art industry.  She is the Chief Executive Officer at the new Norval Foundation, a wife an …



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Facing Fear with Courage Daily Delight #20

  Fear is the most crippling of all. Most of us start well, and in the process we drift back when issues of uncertainty and the unknown confront us. During my interviews with some of the most Phenomenal women, they all confirm one thing. Fear is what is standing between our success. You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience.  Just do it and learn along the way. YOU CAN DO IT!  WHO’S YOUR TRIBE! #positiveattitude #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #thefutureisfemale …



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Find your TRIBE Daily Delight #19

  Surround yourself with the kind of people who are fierce. Friends who aggressively believe in you and will defend you. The kind of friends who know that you deserve the world. Surround yourself with people who are good for your soul. Who bring the best in you. Invest in valuable networks that grow you . Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. YOU CAN DO IT.  Who’s your TRIBE. #positiveattitude #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #thefutureisfemale #strongertogether …



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From SA to USA: Veuve Clicquot toasts to the success of superstar Nomzamo Mbath

  Women’s Month this year is about celebrating powerful, resilient women who manage to persevere in the face of adversity. In challenging times, forging one’s destiny both locally and internationally isn’t a given. One woman doing just that however is Nomzamo Mbatha. It’s been a time of many personal highlights for the South African born and bred superstar actress and this year she’s celebrating her foray into the realm of global success in the spirit of Madame Clicquot. By always seeking t …



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Global Award 2020 Winner – Africa & Middle East

  Join us in celebrating another Global Award in 2020 as we are recognized at the Luxury Platform of the year 2020 Africa / Middle East. We celebrate this milestone and thank you for your support during this most difficult time.  We continue to aggregate luxury brands from Africa while creating awareness to highlight that Africa has some of the most luxurious products.  We celebrate our uniqueness and our authenticity. We encourage brands to list their products in Africa’s growing and leadi …



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Ladies of the Grape Cultivate the Rise of SA Pinot Noir

A fine wine merchant celebrates women winemakers on International Pinot Noir Day 18 August The last decade has seen a considerable shift in the planting and production of Pinot Noir in South Africa and international wine critics are taking note, heralding SA Pinot Noir as some of the finest and most evocative in the world. South Africa has much to celebrate on International Pinot Noir Day on 18 August. According to British Master of Wine Tim Atkin, “the high quality of the best Cape Pinots is th …



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Phenomenal Trailblazer Helen Viljoen in the Business of Luxury Jewellery

We need more female entrepreneurs – go for it, babe!  It starts with self-belief and guts. According to Sarah Blakely, self-made dollar billionaire and founder of Spanx, “Everyone has had a million dollar idea, you just have to start!” Helen Viljoen shares her inspirational story of her business journey her challenges and lessons we can draw learning from.  Driving a successful business in luxury, she is a force to reckon. Her brand Nebü is not only making waves locally but creating attractions …



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International Brands, Jewellery and Timepieces, Luxury Jewellery, Luxury Trailblazers, Profiled Entrepreneurs

Phenomenal Woman Vanessa O’Donoghie in the Business of Luxury Leather Handbags

Everything you want is on the other side of fear. You must have courage and step into the woman you know you are meant to be. Passionate, loving and motivated are the three words that best describe this very remarkable business woman.  Making small, meaningful and impactful changes in others is what gets her going.  Family is everything to her, she says.  She is married and describes her husband as her rock, her best friend, and her business partner.  Her daughters give her reasons to look forwa …



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Sacrifices Daily Delight #17

  When women are determined to succeed! Nothing can stop them. Obstacle will be your way for a good reason, embrace them and find a way to navigate. Identify someone who pushes you and makes you push to be better today than you were yesterday. Trust their criticism in your journey of growth and take their criticism positively to grow. Be on a quest to succeed and let no one stop you. YOU CAN DO IT!    YOU ARE WORTH IT! #positiveattitude #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #womenintechn …



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Susie Goodman Art Auctioneer and Trailblazer

Grab every opportunity, have fun, and appreciate the small things. Globally the art auction market is still male dominated with the very important and high value evening auctions mainly being taken by men. But at Strauss & Co, the situation is different – we have three women auctioneers and one man. The art world is generally a good place for a woman to work because it is so flexible and variable, but there are not enough hours in the day to do all the things one has to do in a normal workin …



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Antiques, Art & Collectables, Luxury Art, Luxury Collectables, Luxury Trailblazers, Profiled Entrepreneurs

Technology Disruptor Jackie Aylett Allows People to Travel and Connect with Freedom

“Women led businesses hold the key to transforming the economy and unemployment in African countries but they face many challenges & obstacles.”  Jackie Aylett  Brief description of self and introduction to family Jackie Aylett is a Generation Xer who feels more akin to the i-Generation. she has a keen interest on the impact of technology on the future and drawn to a world where everything is possible. Her three sons, Kimon 24, Nikos 22 and Dinos 19, keep her young and inspired. Her adopted …



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Tenacity Daily Delight #23

  The curveballs of 2020 have left many overwhelmed, tired, uncertain of the future, many plans unplanned and zero morale.Nobody expected any of the challenges we find ourselves in. Many have embraced the change and learning to adapt, while others have hang their towel and surrendered. Some because it is the right thing to do, while others circumstances beyond their control. Just because we are in this stressful situation, it doesnt mean you must get stressed out. Hang in there and let’s pu …



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The Role Model Daily Delight #15

  We continue to encourage women to stand together, support one another and believe in each other. Empower one another and quietly fix each others crown without telling the whole world we did it. As you name and tag other women who has inspired and motivated you in your journey. I encourage you to do it with passion. Do what rekindled your fire and embrace the things that allow you to positively excel. Let is continue to create the contagious ripple effects of success. YOU CAN DO IT!  WHOS …



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The women in tech we Should be Talking about this Women’s Month and Beyond

  Think technology, innovation, pioneering and the first names that normally come to mind are those of men; Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brinn. While their contributions are undeniable and prolific, there are other names worthy of being celebrated too. What about the many women who drove technological innovation in the 19th and 20th centuries and continue to do so in the 21st century? These inventors of key technological architects of modern …



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TRACE 50_50 Commits to Equal Airplay For Womxn Artists

Balanced Airplay across all Thematic Trace Shows this Month Johannesburg, South Africa – In a deliberate move to balance out the playing fields with their ongoing commitment to gender equality, Trace today solidified its bold pledge to institute TRACE 50_50 video airplay for womxn artists and other womxn produced content. Following the decision taken by the team during Womxn’s Month in August, Trace consequentially began slotting in more female produced content across their channels. And with an …



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TV and Radio personality, Cato Louw

  Cape Town, August 2020- TV and Radio personality, Cato Louw, has been defying stereotypes in the sports industry for the last 8 years since becoming one of South Africa’s youngest female sports broadcasters. This month, South Africa commemorates Women’s Month as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. Since then, women have been breaking barriers and doing exceptional things. We thi …



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Vanessa Perumal – The Phenomenal Woman who Traded her Voice for Life

Having a total laryngectomy was about saving my life. This decision was the trade off which enabled me to choose life and also have my cancer removed. Nothing can stop a woman who is determined to rise.  A force to be reckoned with, a fighter and above all a voice for the voiceless. Vanessa Perumal is one phenomenal woman to celebrate, cherish and indeed worth connecting with.  In the midst of Covid-19 and at the height of lockdown in May 2020, after her diagnosis of a rare throat cancer she had …



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You are a Worrior Daily Delight #21

  Every woman has a fierce indomitable spirit, brave and courageous to fight and protect what they so much believe in. Perseverance through any struggle is an opportunity to give hope and courage to those who think it is impossible to survive.  Tomorrow will be a new dawn, and the storm will be over. You are beautiful, you are resillient. You are ENOUGH! YOU CAN DO IT! #positiveattitude #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #thefutureisfemale #strongertogether #togetherwecan #BlackXcelle …



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You need No Validation Daily Delight #18

  You are a WINNER! You are STRONG! You overcome challenges with a positive mindset and empowerment. You are not afraid to step out of your comfort zone. You are a PHENOMENAL WOMAN. “Bravery is the audacity to be unhindered by failure and walk with freedom, strength and hope in the face of the unknown.” Morgan Harper Nichols. You are worth it.   You are enough just as you are! YOU CAN DO IT! #positiveattitude #TheAfricawewant #resillience #success #entrepreneurship #womenleaders #womeninbus …



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