Power To Empower Speakers

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe to be in conversation with Banyana Banyana players, Dr Anna T Mokgokong and Lindiwe Matlali at AFI’s Power To Empower

Meet the Keynote Speakers at the AFI Power To Empower event

To commemorate National Women’s Month, Africa Fashion International (AFI) will host the second annual Power To Empower on August 30, 2022, at the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre in Lone Hill, Bryanston.

Themed “Drive Your Vision”, Power To Empower will be a celebration of women successfully driving their vision, and going against the odds stacked against them.

After 2021’s successful inaugural multi-city virtual event, this year Power To Empower will be an in-person event that aims to remind us all of the power we have to empower women in our societies.

AFI Founder, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe will be in conversation with some of South Africa’s most inspirational women, discussing some of the most pertinent issues affecting women and celebrating their achievements.

The wide-ranging conversation will see the keynote speakers share their key tips on how to win, and the lessons that could be used in business and in life. The important tips on how to prepare yourself for the big win, the importance of successfully driving your vision, and how to use the power we have to empower other women in our vicinity.

Joining Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe on stage will be six powerful women from different industries.

Dr Anna T Mokgokong

Dr Mokgokong is a medical doctor, co-Founder, and Executive Chairperson of Community Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd., a 100% black-owned company founded in 1995, post-democracy. She is a well-renowned business figure in corporate South Africa and globally, with widespread experience in Healthcare, Academia, Commerce, and Governance.

She is recognized as a Senior Director of Companies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as she serves on listed companies, namely: Non-executive Chairperson of Afrocentric Investment Corporation and Jasco Electronics Holdings Limited and the first female Director of Shoprite Holdings Limited, the largest retailer in Africa; served and retired on the board of Adcock Ingram, as well as Rebosis Limited.

She also serves on numerous non-listed entities, including Seriti Coal Holdings as a non-executive Chairman, non-executive Chairman of Larimar Limited, and Putco Holdings, and non-executive Chairman of Crossroads Distribution.

She is a social activist, and philanthropist and passionate about women’s empowerment transformation to bring about equality in the economy of South Africa. She was appointed Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Pretoria in 2017.

The North-West University (NWU) installed Anna as its third and first female Chancellor in November 2019.

Thalea Smidt 

Thalea Smidt

The 24-year-old central midfielder has been playing top-flight football for South Africa since 2015 after being called up for the U-20 National Team. The Strandfontein-born star has gone on to win multiple accolades, including being named SAFA’s Western Cape Youth Player of the Year in 2016, a gold medallist at the USSA Games and CUCSA in 2016; a Treble champion after being part of the winning team in the COSAFA Cup CAF Women’s Champions League, Hollywoodbets Super League, and CAF Women’s Champions League. She was part of the history-making CAF WAFCON winners, Banyana Banyana.
She also has a BSc in Biotechnology, BSc (Hons) in Plant Sciences, and Post-Graduate Diploma in Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Andile Dlamini 

Andile Dlamini Banyana Banyana goalkeeper

The 29-year-old goalkeeper, who is also a qualified goalkeeper trainer (SAFA C License) and an entrepreneur, has been an instrumental part of the Banyana Banyana squad. A winner, she has been awarded for her brilliance as a goalkeeper, including being named the best goalkeeper in various tournaments, including most recently as the Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the CAF WAFCON in Morocco. The Soweto-born star has an avid interest in the fashion industry as a designer while exploring the entertainment industry as a musician. 

Lindiwe Matlali

Lindiwe Matlali CEO Africa Teen Geeks

Lindiwe Matlali is the Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks; an NGO focused on tech and innovation education for disadvantaged youth. Her numerous accolades include Mail & Guardian Most powerful women 2021, Schwab Foundation/WEF social entrepreneur of the year 2020 & Queen Elizabeth II point of light 2019. She serves on the boards of NSFAS and the Technology innovation agency.

Melinda Kgadiete 

Melinda Kgadiete

The Mdantsane-born striker and midfielder has been part of the Banyana Banyana squad since 2016, where she played in the CAF Africa Women Cup of Nations. She was part of the squad that won the competition this year in Rabat, Morocco. The 30-year-old is also a 2021 treble champion, having been part of the teams that won the COSAFA Cup CAF Women’s Champions League, Hollywoodbets Super League, and CAF Women’s Champions League. She was the top goal scorer and was named the player of the tournament at the CAF Women’s Champions League.   

Bambanani Mbane 

Bambanani Mbane

The 32-year-old defender from Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape, is an Olympian, having taken part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She has been the recipient of various accolades, including being named the best defender for several tournaments, including the CAF Women’s Champions League and the Hollywoodbets Super League. She was also part of the Sundowns Ladies Club that won the COSAFA Cup CAF Women’s Champions League, Hollywoodbets Super League, and CAF Women’s Champions League. She has an Early Childhood Development qualification from Universal College Outcomes. 

Nandi Madida

Power To Empower will be MCed by multi-award-winning musician, actress, and host, Nandi Madida. It will take place at the Jaguar Land Rover Experience Centre in Lonehill on 30 August 2022.

For more details about the event and how to purchase tickets, please click this link: https://africanfashioninternational.com/afi-power-to-empower-event/

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