A room full of inspiration and black girl magic at the Bold Woman Awards

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Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award: Gugu Sithole, Yolisa Tshabalala, Mathebe Molise, Londy Ngcobo, Phumzile Chifunyise and Mbali Sebapu. Image supplied by Avenue
Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award: Gugu Sithole, Yolisa Tshabalala, Mathebe Molise, Londy Ngcobo, Phumzile Chifunyise and Mbali Sebapu. Image supplied by Avenue
  • The Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award was hosted in 27 countries, and 410 bold women awarded globally gave the nod to women thriving business.
  • Six finalists were selected among 250 visionaries up for the Bold Woman Award, which recognises and honours women entrepreneurs and founders or CEOs who have demonstrated transformation and evolution in their field.
  • Among the jury for the astute award was internationally acclaimed fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, businesswomen Ayanda Dambuza and Matsi Modise.

Jesse William's 2016 iconic speech on Black Lives Matter at the BET Awards rang afresh in a room of inspirational and dynamic women at the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award. 

While receiving the Humanitarian Award, the American actor and activist said: "The thing is though, just because we're magic doesn't mean we're not real."

The Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award was hosted in 27 countries, and 410 bold women awarded globally gave the nod to women thriving in different entrepreneurial spaces. It was a memorable moment as it was a first of its kind for South Africa. 

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Gugu Sithole, Yolisa Tshabalala, Mathebe Molise. Image supplied by Avenue Communications


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It is admirable to see women become shape-shifters, challenging the status quo and holding their own in positions of power. 

Six finalists were selected among 250 visionaries up for the Bold Woman Award, which recognises and honours the women entrepreneurs and founders or CEOs who have demonstrated transformation and evolution in their field, supported growth for at least two years and maintained an ethical approach to business. 

In this category, Gugu Sithole, director of Glamping Adventures, Mathebe Molise, founder of Beauty on TApp and Yolisa Tshabalala, co-founder and Director at Imizizi were finalists.

Gugu won the Bold Award, apart from thriving in the travel industry and her innate love for discovering and exposing the country's hidden gem, her passion lies in making travel accessible to everyone. This includes development in rural tourism with a particular emphasis on helping rural women start their own enterprises. 

There's nothing women cannot do.
Gugu Sithole


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Londy Ngcobo, Phumzile Chifunyise, Mbali Sebapu. Image supplied by Avenue Communications

In 2014, Veuve Clicquot launched the Bold Future Award which recognises the women entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

These are women who made a tangible contribution to transformation in an existing market. Captain Londy Ngcobo who is the founder of Global Maritime Youth and Director at Womaritime Experts won the award.

Above all accolades is your ability to multiply.
Londy Ngcobo

She was a finalist alongside Mbali Sebapu, founder of Hermosa Flor Cosmetics and  Phumzile Chifunyise of founder of The Crop Box Africa. Londy is a global ship navigator and Africa's first female dredge master captain. Her passion is all about unlocking Africa's ocean economy. 

Among the jury for the astute award was internationally acclaimed fashion designer Lukhanyo Mdingi, businesswomen Ayanda Dambuza and Matsi Modise.


Addtional information and images: Avenue Communications


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