TV guide: Women’s Month

2010-07-30 13:53

Farrah Francis looks at some of the most inspiring women on TV in honour of Women’s Month.

1.
Connie Ferguson

Generations actress, face of Garnier in South Africa, and businesswoman

The soapie princess has played Karabo Moroka for more than 15 years. She took her career to new heights when she became the face of Garnier. She was the first local celebrity to launch her own signature fragrance. The married mother of two is often cited as an inspiration by many women, young and old.

2.
Nonhle Thema

Presenter and international brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely

She turned everyone green with envy when she got to jet set all over the world with O Access and hob-knob with some of the ­biggest international stars in the music industry. She is also the international face/ambassador of Dark and Lovely products. Thema, who owns a production company, is the face of ­Vuzu’s V-Entertainment.

3.
Tumi Makgabo

News anchor and ­businesswoman

The former CNN anchor has sat down with the likes of Nelson Mandela, former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan and the Dalai Lama. A former ­international spokesperson for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Makgabo has won numerous awards and owns her own ­production company.

4.
Yolisa Phahle
Channel director of Special Interests for DStv

She started out as a ­musician and has performed with Jamiroquai and Duran Duran. Phahle’s broadcasting career began at the BBC World Service. She was later appointed senior producer at BBC 6. She returned to the ­motherland to take on the role of general ­manager of Channel O, where she has transformed  youth TV.

5.
Desiree Markgraaff
Producer at The Bomb Productions

She is the genius behind Jacob’s Cross and the iconic Yizo Yizo. Markgraaff is a champion for local TV and her Nelson Mandela ­documentary, Amandla! A Revolution saw her winning at the Sundance Film Festival. If anyone ­deserves recognition for producing relevant, original TV, it is Markgraaff. Others in the industry could learn a thing or two from her.

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