Phenomenal Women 2015

Phenomenal Women 2015

The Durban Youth Council hosted the Phenomenal Women’s High Tea last Sunday, September 20, at the Endless Horizons Hotel in Umhlanga.  This event has an annual appearance on the DYC calendar, and aims to celebrate and honour women in Durban.  Every year in August and September, the DYC chooses thirty women from Durban to honour their work in and around the city.  Lots of the things that women do in the greater community go unrecognised, and so the Durban Youth Council takes the opportunity to recognise, honour, and celebrate the amazing work that these women do unfailingly.  We aim to empower and uplift women and their work in our city and community, and this event happens to do just that.

In South Africa today, women play an important role in the improvement of society, whether it be socially, legislatively, or economically.  As one of the DYC’s main objectives is women empowerment, we want to make this visible, and show these women that their work is highly appreciated.  If it weren’t for the outstanding work of women, we would be nowhere as a society.  Therefore, we feel it necessary to celebrate and honour the place and role of women in our community and society.

This year, we were privileged to have a keynote speaker, the First Lady of South Africa, Madam Tobeka Madiba Zuma, deliver an address on the role of women in society at our High Tea.  We also were graced with the presence of other notable Durban figures, such as Ela Gandhi, the granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, activist and artist, Ms. Nise Malange, and the Deputy Mayor of eThekwini, Nomvuzo Shabalala.  We also had a number of educators nominated as Phenomenal Women, recognising education as a key role in empowering women and the youth.

The afternoon went wonderfully, with a social atmosphere and various speeches and performances.  Our Arts & Culture committee organised musical performances as well as a tribute from Councillor Philasande Dladla about women empowerment and "how we should all be feminists."  We also had a slideshow that gave a bit of background on each of the Phenomenal Women nominees, and a speech from Mayor Trevor Bishai.  The event was elegant and social, and it was great to see a lot of networking and idea sharing taking place.  We were delighted to see this event go so well, and we are definitely looking forward to more events for women empowerment happen in the future!

The Durban Youth Council Phenomenal Women of 2015:

Nise Malange
The BAT Centre Trust

Ela Gandhi
Gandhi Development Trust

Tobeka Madiba Zuma
Tobeka Madiba Zuma Foundation

Mpume Langa
The Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa

Trish Singh
The Durban Youth Council

Olivia Taylor
Four Elements Conservation

Nomvuzo Shabalala
eThekwini Municipality

Lindiwe Chiluvane
Mzamo Child Guidance

Grace Lehnerdt

Amy Schaap

Sandi Bennett

Gcina Mhlophe

Martha Bishai
The Umkhumbane Schools Project

Ashley Vos

Tracy Milledge
East Coast Motorcycles

Cara Noble
The Cancer Association of South Africa

Pat Balantyne
Ubuntu Community Systems

Nozuko Gabela
Ubuntu Community Systems

Jessica Khomo

Angie Mitchell
Our Lady of Fatima DCS

Doreen Didier
Our Lady of Fatima DCS

Vasie Ganesan
Our Lady of Fatima DCS

Lesley Small
Durban Girls’ College

Wendy Blott
St. Henry’s Marist College

Nelly Khoza-Ngubane

Vicky du Preez

Hailey Fudu
The Baha’i Faith

Rene MacQuillan
St. Henry’s Marist College

Thato Tsautse
Tsautse Bayi Inc.