Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Innate Investment Solutions, Lynette Ntuli is making waves in the property development sector and the business world, as a whole. The 31 year old has made it her life’s mission to empower people and build businesses through her diligence and innovation – making her our South African powerhouse woman.
The commerce graduate from Durban made a name for herself when at just 24 years old, she became the first black female to head the ‘super-regional’ Pavilion Shopping Centre in Westville, Durban. From then onwards there was no stopping Ntuli.
Already equipped with experience from leading companies including Deloitte, Motseng Marriot Corporate Property, Motseng Property Services and more, Ntuli founded Innate Investment Solutions, a property, asset and infrastructure development and solutions firm.
With a passion for youth development, entrepreneurship and leadership, Ntuli also founded and is Chairman of IgniteSA.com – “a digital media platform that aims to mobilise young people and established leadership within South Africa towards active citizenry through education, employment and entrepreneurial activity.”
An internationally recognized speaker, Ntuli has made appearances in numerous business and socio-economic forums and holds a number of awards and accolades.
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For many, the name Basestana Kumalo, echoes the beauty queen of the nineties who was crowned Miss South Africa and was runner-up to Miss World in 1994. However, nowadays Kumalo, affectionately known as Bassie, is known as an astute businesswoman with investments in several companies and our 4th South African powerhouse woman.
Kumalo’s involvement in business began during her reign as Miss South Africa when at 20 years old she met with producer Patience Stevens with whom she established Tswelopele Productions. With some persuasion with the SABC, Tswelophele independently produced Top Billing, the longest running South African lifestyle TV show.
Tswelophele then merged with Union Alliance Media and was listed on the JSE, making Kumalo one of the youngest women directors in the mainstream South African economy. Tswelophele now produces a host of South African TV shows and is recognized as one of the top 300 empowerment companies in South Africa.
Besides a cosmetics, eyewear and clothing range, all under her name, Kumalo sits on the board of a number of companies, including LoveLife and the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development. Kumalo along with her husband, businessman, Romeo Kumalo, also founded the Romeo & Basetsana Kumalo Family Foundation, which helps with the development of orphaned children.
She has received countless nominations and awards, in recognition of her business initiatives and community service.
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South African marketing pioneer Santie Botha isn’t only counted amongst the board members of Tiger Brands Limited and Famous Brands, but is also the chancellor of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, a position that recognised Botha as the youngest chancellor in the country and our third South African powerhouse woman.
After obtaining a degree in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch, Botha started her career with Unilever in London and South Africa, and at 34 years old, joined Absa’s board of directors. As part of the group, Botha launched an aggressive campaign which saw a successful rebranding of the bank’s former bureaucratic and stuffy image.
In 2003, the marketing expert joined MTN as its Chief Marketing Officer where she helped to embed the brand in Africa and the Middle East. Her biggest highlight however came when under her leadership, the African network provider became the very first global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Under her belt, Botha holds a slew of awards ranging from 2010’s Businesswoman of the Year to The Star’s Top 10 Business People in South Africa, awarded in 2003.
She has also been recognised as South Africa’s top 10 wealthiest women.
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