Women should leave a legacy, say winners

Octayvia Nance

EVERY woman should leave a legacy and strive to educate the African woman. That is according to the Businesswoman of the Year Award 2013 winners, who spoke at a Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) lunch.

Corporate category winner Cristina Teixeira and entrepreneurial category winner Dr Thandi Ndlovu spoke at the Little Walmer Golf Club on Friday, hosted by the BWA.

Group Five chief financial officer Teixeira, who is the only female financial director of a listed South African construction company and who chairs Group Five’s Basadi Programme which develops and supports women in the construction sector, said women should not let their gender limit them.

“I studied chartered accounting, but I feel like the reason I am here today is a result of passion and not brains.

“You need to be willing to listen and learn from others and realise difficult situations can be your best learning grounds.

“We need to strive for skills development and transformation. We should be responsible for the empowerment of women – set an example. We should strive for true equality and freedom for women.”

Ndlovu, who is a medical doctor as well as the executive chairwoman of Motheo Construction Group, started the construction company in 1996 and has guided it to become a significant player in the market, having overseen the supply of 30000 serviced housing sites and more than 60000 affordable housing units worth more than R1.2-billion over the past few years.

Ndlovu referred to the poem titled Footprints in the Sand by Mary Stevenson and spoke about leaving a legacy.

“A trailblazer is a person who makes a trail through the wilderness so those who follow may be guided through safely. Make a difference in the community – do not wait for government or someone with deep pockets.”

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