The Mail and Guardian Book of South African Women has evolved beyond being a little black book of South Africa’s leaders, movers and shakers. For 2012 it has shifted to grass roots level, celebrating women who are really making a difference in their own communities and spheres.
Browsing through the list of 50 women, you’ll find inspirational stories of women from all over South Africa who are working for a better future: Thelma Nkosi, a community co-ordinator working to empower communities in protecting their water systems and local environment; Isabella Holden a project co-ordinator for the Lifeline victim empowerment programme who is partially blind but full of energy and drive; Mitta Lebaka, herself burned severely as a child who works to help children all over Africa who suffer severe burns. There are musicians, artists, entrepreneurs, women from all walks of life,all cultures and races, all provinces, rural and urban backgrounds. Each profile is accompanied by a stunning portrait by celebrated portrait photographer Sally Shorkend bringing all these vibrant women to life on the page.
There are also essays: a moving account of a mother, a spirited letter from her 80 year old self to the author, an account of being the first woman constitutional court judge and more.
The book was launched in time for Women’s Day and the gorgeous website developed by Deep can now be browsed any time you need a dash of inspiration from the energy and innate style of these 50 extraordinary women, who are bringing a positive energy to South Africa.