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2017-05-03 06:00
Thato Mokhothu

Thato Mokhothu

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Local enterprising businesswoman Thato Mokhothu is in the running for an international award recognising women globally for playing a leading role in the economy.

Mokhothu (36) from Bloemfontein is one of the four women shortlisted for the Inter­national Businesswoman of the Year category of the Women For Africa Awards UK 2017.

The other finalists are Nisha Maharaj (South Africa), Jane Okafor de Raeve (Nigeria) and Zodwa Mkandla (Zim-babwe).

This year’s winners in the different categories will be announced on 20 May at a ceremony at The Great Hall, Kensington Town Hall, London.

The Women for Africa Awards were born from a desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory way.

Mokhothu has been nominated for the strides she is making through involvement in enterprising businesses.

She contributes to a variety of ventures, driving the economy and empowering women in business.

Mokhuthu is actively involved in construction, hospitality and logistics, as well as a ­non-governmental organisation.

She is the owner of Refilwe ­Tshiamo Trading ­Construction, Tyre Fitment Centre in Bloemfontein and Tyremart in Kathu in the Northern Cape, which manufactures or retreads truck tyres.

She maintains that enabling women to break into the male-dominated construction industry is one of the highlights.

“I have subcontracted over five young women in construction and assisted them to move between Grade 2 and Grade 3 in their Construction Industry Development Boards (CIDB) grading. I know how difficult it is to get any work, especially as a woman, in con­struction,” said Mokhothu.

Mokhuthu’s nomi­nation for the inter­national accolade sees her continuing to reach for the sky and beco-ming a key figure in business.

She was voted as one of the Sowetan Top 100 Young Bosses in South Africa in 2016.

In 2015, Mokhothu was one of the 25 youth entrepreneurs in South Africa who were selected by Investec Bank to visit Israel on an entrepreneurial trip.

Her ability in business saw her receiving the recognition of being the brand ambassador for Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part, for changing the lives of women, youth and children in the Free State.

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