Meet the 10 most powerful SA women in Africa according to Forbes

Meet the 10 most powerful SA women in Africa according to Forbes

Forbes has released its list detailing the 50 most powerful women in Africa and many locals ladies made the cut.

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You know you've made it when you get onto one of Forbes Magazine's prestigious lists. Forbes recently released its Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women list and many of our inspiring ladies made it. took a look at the South African women who made the list.

1. Graça Machel

Graça Machel DBE HonFBA is a renowned politician, teacher, activist, and humanitarian from Mozambique. She is widely known around the world as the widow of two presidents, namely Samora Machel and Nelson Mandela of Mozambique and South Africa respectively. A member of the Africa Progress Panel (APP), Queen Elizabeth II made Graça an honorary British Dame in 1997.

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She is also the founder of the Graça Machel Trust.

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2. Dr Judy Dlamini

Judy Dlamini is a South African businesswoman who founded the Mbekani Group. The 60-year-old is also the Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand.

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3. Charlize Theron

It's no wonder our golden girl made the list. Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress who has made a name for herself in Hollywood.

4. Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa

It's not the first time Phuti Mahanyele-Badengwa made a prestigious list. In 2008, the South African businesswoman was included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 50 Women in the World to Watch.

Mahanyele-Badengwa is the CEO of Sigma Capital and former CEO of the Shanduka Group.

5. Glenda Gray

Glenda Elisabeth Gray is a South African doctor and scientist specialising in the care of children and in HIV medicine, Wikipedia reports.

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She is currently the president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC).

6. Thuli Madonsela

The former South African public protector also made Forbes list. Thuli Madonsela has selflessly served in the legal systems in the country and left a legacy in every office that she has served. The most significant positions that she served as the Public Protector of South Africa between 2009 and 2016. She also took part in drafting the current constitution of the country.

7. Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe is a South African entrepreneur who has been using her influence to empower women in the country. She is the co-founder of Wiphold.

8. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is a South African politician and United Nations official. The 64-year-old currently serves as the Executive Director of UN Women.

9. Yvonne Chaka Chaka

South African singer-songwriter Yvonne Chaka Chaka also made the list. The award-winning musician is known not only for her music but for her work as a humanitarian.

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10. Mamokgethi Phakeng

Mamokgethi Phakeng is a South African professor of mathematics education. In 2018, she was named the vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

Other notable South Africans women who made Forbes' Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women list include Bonang Matheba, Casster Semenya, Irene Charnley, Wendy Applebaum, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Wendy Ackerman, Precious Motsepe and Magda Wierzycka.

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