Carol  Dyantyi

Carol Dyantyi is a mother of five, born on the 6th of May 1956. Carol could not complete her matric at Morris Isaacson due to the Soweto Uprising in 1976. 

In 1980 Carol worked as waitress at the Carlton Hotel she then registered with an ABET institute and completed her matric in 1993.In 1997 she registered with RAU College now known as The University of Johannesburg where she studied and completed her Diploma in community development. 

She further studied through Unisa for HIV/AIDS Counseling in 1999.In December 2002 Carol Founded Ikageng Itireleng Aids Ministry in Orlando West. Ikageng Itireleng Ministry is a non-profit organization which uses a community outreach approach and home base caregivers to support Orphaned and Vulnerable children and youth in Soweto. Carol is currently furthering her course on Community Development and leadership through the University of Johannesburg.

Cheryl Uys-Allie

Cheryl has an MBA from UCT, speaks French, Portuguese, German and ‘taxi’ Arabic.

She has worked across Africa and the Middle East over the past 20 years for international news agencies incl. Al Jazeera, Sky News, ABC, Reuters among others, as an investigative journalist, news producer, investment analyst and documentary filmmaker.

She has produced a number of Award-winning documentaries including “Islam: The War Within” filmed in Afghanistan (2003), “Maid in Lebanon” filmed in Beirut and Sri Lanka (2004), and a “Drug Mule Story” shot in prisons in Brazil (2012).

Her focus tending towards women and human rights issues. Over the past 5 years she has launched TV channels for MNet and Media24 in Angola, Zambia and South Africa and is currently the Director of the MultiChoice Talent Factory – a CSI initiative developing young filmmakers across the African continent.
Caroline Duduetsang Heather Makuse

Duduetsang is an avid digital media lover and lifelong scholar who is fascinated by the dynamic media space and the fourth estates role in the democratic project and particularly, the intersection between ways in which citizen involvement is deepened in a constitutional democracy and economy; and how media technologies can enhance or hamper that involvement. 

Her formal training is in television journalism at the University currently known as Rhodes, and she has various experiences in broadcast media production and corporate communications. Duduetsang completed my MBA in Media Management at Cardiff University and is currently working on media freedom and public broadcasting issues in the social justice sector as the National Coordinator of the SOS Coalition: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition. 

In her spare time, she works as a marker for the University of South Africa and UNISA and has tested out her various entrepreneurial ideas.

Duduetsang activist discontents include socio-economic and gender-based inequality and sexual violence while her intellectual interests lie in digital media strategy, policy and development in the convergent, digital era, especially in the African context.

Rebotile Mantsha Florence Bopape
Rebotile Mantsha Florence Bopape

In line with her career plans, she moved to a corporate environment in 2009 when she was appointed Legal Counsel for MultiChoice (South Africa). In 2013, she was appointed the General Manager of Legal for MultiChoice Africa, Southern Africa Region; a position she still occupies.

She holds an LLB Degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Cyber Law and a certificate in Advanced Broadcasting Law. She completed a Management Advancement Programme with WITS Business School in 2010 and a Women in Leadership Programme with GIBS in 2013. In addition, she has completed a number of other managerial and legal courses to further her knowledge and enhance her expertise.
In 2015, Rebotile was announced as one of the Top 100 Corporate Counsel in Africa by The Legal 500, and her team was included in the list of the Top 500 In-house Legal Teams in Africa in 2016.

She has appeared as a guest speaker and facilitator at numerous workshops organised for the legal fraternity. She was one of five judges of the inaugural Women In Law South Africa (WOZA) Awards that was launched in 2019 and continues in her role as the Chairperson of WOZA 2020.

She is passionate about the rights of women and is pained that there has been little progress with changing the status of women not only in South Africa, but across the world. This is one of the fifteen global challenges that she is dedicated to tackling.
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Debra Sheilagh Steven (SA + UK CEO)

Debi is an awarding winner activist, survivor of child sexual abuse, a 6th Dan in Shotokan karate who hosts World Karate Championships but firmly believes that martial arts is NOT self-defence; and holds a Master’s Degree in Women and Child Abuse.

Debi is driven by her a vision that all women and girls should be empowered and live their lives free of the fear of gender-based violence. An ardent believer that to stop gender-based violence a community approach is needed, with this in mind Debi has developed the Action Breaks Silence Community Intervention to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls.

She is now rated as one of the top Empowerment through Self-Defence trainers in the world and one of very few people in the ‘self-defence industry’ that firmly beliefs young boys and men need to included when looking for solutions to end Violence against women and girls.

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Mhlengi Mhlaehleli Tenza

I was born and raised in a village just outside of iXopo in KZN where I spent most of my childhood as a herdboy. I graduated with a postgraduate diploma in accounting from Rhodes University in 2015. I am qualified Chartered Accountant and work as an Audit Manager for one of the Big Four audit firms.

I believed that the fight against gender-based violence is one that is a societal fight and therefore requires us as men to also get involved. I believe that one of the important ways to fight this issue is to address to try and identify the source of the problem and deal with it early on.

In isiZulu we have a saying -’ umuthi ugotshwa usemanzi’ which basically means teach them young. This is the reason why I believe that working with children from a very young age around this issue, both girls and boys, is the key to building a society that is free from this disease.

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