SHERO Finalists 2018

The SHERO finalists have been announced and we are calling on our audience to vote for the ultimate SHERO of 2018 below.
Dr Mandisa Jona
Social Entrepreneurship
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“Dr Mandisa Jona has a long history in the medical field, but she didn't catch my eye till l learned of the wonderful work she was doing in rural KZN. As a much needed medical specialists, she often leaves the comfort of her high tech private hospitals to help out at government hospitals and clinics in rural areas. This woman is angel and she has saved many lives that many would have written off as unsavable.” - Unathi Majokweni

Dr Stella Khumalo
Public Service
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CEO of uShaka Marine World, Dr Stella Khumalo:

Dr Stella Khumalo as the first female CEO of uShaka Marine World, Africa’s largest marine theme park has worked hard to ensure that uShaka maintains its position as one of SA and KZN’s top tourist destinations providing amazing entertainment for the entire family, recently winning an Award as KZN’s Top Brand, amongst other Awards.

As the CEO, she assumes overall responsibility for the financial and administrative management of the Theme Park ensuring good corporate governance across all the business units, and has achieved clean audits for three consecutive years, since she took over as CEO.

She has a Bachelor of Science, a Higher Education Diploma, a Bachelor of Education, a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and a Doctorate in Business Administration – which are the foundation of a career built on determination, hard work and passion, her personal mantra.

She also supports youth through her Stella Educational Foundation and serves as a Mentor for many aspiring young people.

Mandisa Ndlovu
Big Business Professional
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Mandisa Ndlovu qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2009 and is currently the Segment Head of Business Banking at FNB for the KZN Coastal Region. She is one of the youngest ever appointed Segment Head at FNB and is also the first black woman appointed as a Segment Head in the region.She has 10 years working experience in the investment and business banking industries and has been fortunate to work in the banking sectors both in South Africa and New York. Her passion is assisting entrepreneurs grow their businesses (particularly women) and drives this by championing  the Women in Business focus  at FNB in KZN, being a mentor for the BWA Entrepreneurship program and educating SMMEs how they become funding ready from a commercial banking perspective.

MoonChild Sanelly
Entertainment & Music
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Moonchild Sanelly describes her bold style as ghetto funk, a combination of music, fashion and dance. Not holding back any punches, she tackles issues of female empowerment in her lyrics. Originally hailing from Port Elizabeth, the singer first made a name for herself in the Durban poetry and music scene before relocating to Johannesburg where she has continued to make her presence known. With her music reaching audiences beyond South Africa’s borders, she has played festivals such as SXSW in Houston, Texas and Primavera Sound in Barcelona. Fusing elements of experimental electronic, afro-punk and edgy-pop with hints of her strong kwaito, hip hop and jazz background, her sound and message is unique. We chatted to her about her childhood, starting singing, her Xhosa/English hybrid and what she’s been working on in studio.

Ndoni Mcunu
Science & Technology
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Miss Ndoni Mcunu is currently pursuing a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at the Global Change Institute at Witwatersrand University. Ndoni is also the founder & Chief Executive Officer of Black Women in Science (BWIS) a registered non-profit organization which aims to deliver capacity development interventions that target young black women scientists and researchers. She was selected as the top 200 Mail and Guardian Young South Africans, under the education sector 2016. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow 2017. She received an Honorary Award from the KwaZulu-Natal Province in the division of Science Research and Entrepreneurship given by the KZN Young Achievers Awards and eThekwini Municipality. She is a winner of the Gagasi FM – SHERO Award for the Science and Technology category. She is also a Greenmatter Fellow for her academic research in climate change and agriculture. Mcunu has been listed as the Top 50 most Inspiring Women in Tech in South Africa in 2017, which is an award issued by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and South Africa.

Nomusa Dhlomo
Community Leadership
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Nomusa together with her husband Apostle Collins are founders of Covenant Fellowship Church International (CFCI). A leader of 31 churches in South Africa with one planted in London (United Kingdom), with over 800 leaders. A leader of the CFCI Creative Arts Department, responsible for the leadership, strategic planning and giving of spiritual guidance in the music and worship ministry within the CFCI churches.  She serves as an ex-officio member of various Departments and committees at CFCI. She is the founder and the President of the Women’s organization of CFCI popularly known as the Vessel of Honour. She hosts annual national women's conferences and events that has been graced by the presence of great leading women from business, politics, church, legal fratenity and more. She is the director of Adorn By NH

Phindi Gule
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According to the 2010 Radio Presenter survey on Bizcommunity, Phindi Gule was rated as one of the Top10 Radio Presenters in the Country. She brought her unique, informative and caring style of presenting to an audience of over 1.9 million listeners each day through her popular midmorning weekday radio shows, AMPM Quest on Gagasi 99.5FM and The Pleasure Dome on YFM. Her Radio experience includes hosting various shows at a Community Radio Station (Voice of Soweto), hosting a prime-time show at Gauteng’s biggest Radio Station (YFM), managing a Retail Radio Station (Score Super Markets) and hosting various shows at East Coast Radio and GagasiFM. Given her academic achievements (Chemical Engineering, Journalism and IMM), Gule never limited herself to radio. She has spent some time in the corporate sector. She worked at South African Airways as an Analyst Programmer, a Sales Executive at Autotrader and a Marketing Manager at Old Mutual (Science Centre).

Smangele Mtetwa
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Smangele Mtetwa will proudly be combining a decade teaching high school learners, in 2019. An English teacher who loves her career, despite the odds of herworking conditions. “My own background has an impact of what I do in school which is going beyond the call of duty. My success at school is measured by the change I make in a child's life. Which goes as far as assisting deserving learners with funds to get them the careers they want. I have two students that will be proud one day because of the initiative i took to assist them as of today they are making me proud at DUT and at UKZN.” Her mission is to instil a colourful future especially to learners who have lost hope and those who come from poor homes. “As teachers we build a lot in these learners from self-esteem, to hope and faith that they too one day will be where they want to be in life” she says.

Zama Mathe
Creative Arts
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Known the world over as Zamazarth, Zama is the fabulous designer behind the award winning fashion brand, Zarth. Zarth gowns have draped the bodies of the world’s most beautiful celebrities and society women, from red carpet’s to the biggest international stages. Zarth’s quick growth can partly be attributed to the Zarthians, a group of women whose immeasurable patronage has helped position the young brand as one of the most prominent South African fashion houses. The secret to Zarth’s success though is the knowleadgable and professional team behind the brand making sure that every client experiences the true magic of haute couture.

Thobi Duma
KZN Ambassadors
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My name is Thobekile Duma.  I was born in KwaZuluNatal and spent most of my young life in eMbali township.  I am proud to be a product of Esigodini Primary, that set a solid foundation in my desire to excel and be the best I. can be.  My family has always been my source for guidance and encouragement.   I have worked for South African Airways since 2003.  My first as role was Key account manager in Durban and later as country manager in various countries as country manager.  I have been country manager for Botswana/Lesotho/Swaziland, Country manager Nigeria and currently country manager Mozambique.  I am fortunate enough to work for a company that encourages giving back to the communities we operate in.  I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience whenever possible.

I proudly represent KwaZuluNatal everywhere I go.  Our culture and history fascinates the world and I am always ready to share information about where I come from.