Meet first black woman to get a PhD in internal medicine at Wits

Dr Nolubabalo Unati Nqebelele joins a group of fewer than 10 physicians in her field.

JOHANNESBURG – Dr Nolubabalo Unati Nqebelele has become the first black woman from Wits University to earn a PhD in internal medicine.

The Umtata-born academic, who qualified as a doctor at the University of Cape Town in 2000 and began her medical career at the Umtata General Hospital in 2001, has been awarded a PhD in nephrology by the university, becoming a specialist in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).

She joins a group of fewer than 10 physicians in her field.

“There have been many women before me who could have achieved the same qualification. Women doctors face social pressures and professional prejudices on their path to becoming specialists,” Nqebelele says.

She emphasises on the importance of mentorship and how having a mentor was crucial in her own journey.

“Even though it is not easy to be what you haven’t already seen, a mentor’s encouragement makes a big difference. Because women are traditionally encouraged to pursue non-science careers, when one person stands out, that inspires others. Even though the road is tough with barriers and hurdles, winning against many odds inspires others to dream; to have limitless ambition.”

Ngqebelele is a host mentor for the International Society of Nephrology’s Fellowship programme and has mentored doctors from Uganda, Mozambique, and Nigeria.

She started out at Wits as registrar in the Department of Internal Medicine and leader of the Chronic Haemodialysis Unit at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. Before turning to full-time PhD studies in 2014, she served at the hospital as a specialist physician and senior consultant nephrologist.

Nqebelele says if she were the health minister for just one hour, she would make drastic policy changes to ensure equity, equality and universal access to dialysis for all kidney patients throughout the country.

“Getting kidney dialysis in South African is often a matter of chance; like a lucky draw. The criteria for selecting which patients go for dialysis is interpreted in different ways. Being selected for dialysis depends on who is interpreting the criteria – today you can be lucky but tomorrow your luck could run out,” she says.

Read more here: Eyewitness News

Mature Female Entrepreneurs – It’s never too late!

How Isabella is blazing a trail for mature female entrepreneurs!

A Leamington entrepreneur has been named the Midlands’ Diversity Champion at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Isabella Moore CBE, co-director and chair of COMTEC Translations, is one of a number of businesswomen celebrated at the FL National Awards & Summit 2018 in Birmingham.

Launched nine years ago, the Forward Ladies Awards promote women as an integral and invaluable part of every business, a fact which underpins Isabella’s latest research. As an older entrepreneur, Isabella has drawn on her own experiences to carry out extensive research at Aston University Business School into why women in later life are half as likely to set up in business than men. Her findings show that older women feel a social pressure to conform to stereotypical roles, listening to what their family and friends want them to do, rather than choosing to follow a less conventional path.

Isabella’s research has also found that older women in business are often perceived more negatively than men, with women feeling that business support agencies take men more seriously. Through this ground-breaking research, Isabella hopes to influence policymakers and practitioners involved in the design of business support programmes to ensure that the voice of older women is heard. “Women in later life have untapped skills and experience, gained throughout their career, which is perfect for business ventures,” Isabella explains. “Yet my research has shown that setting up in business is perceived by most older women as a daunting activity. “If there were more targeted government initiatives to dispel the myths about entrepreneurship, along with a greater availability of informal mentoring and confidence-building business support, older women could gain confidence in their skills and abilities and consider a new business venture as a viable option.

“It is vital that awareness is raised of the considerable wealth-creating potential of such aspiring business-women for our economy.”

Isabella will now join regional finalists from across the UK, with overall national winners in the FL National Awards & Summit 2018 being announced in December.

Read more here: Coventry Life

The World’s 10 Richest Black Billionaires

Part 1 – Mohammed Ibrahim: $1.14 billion

Self-made billionaire 71-year-old Mohammed Ibrahim was born in Sudan and now lives in the United Kingdom, where he is the 11th wealthiest citizen. Ibrahim became a billionaire after selling his telecommunications company, Celtel International, in 2005, according to Forbes. Now he spends much of his time focusing on improving the lives of African citizens through the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

This entrepreneur was robbed, rejected by banks

Township entrepreneur Luvuyo Rani has been robbed at gunpoint and had multiple banks turning down requests for funding. Today he is the chief executive of an award-winning social enterprise with a top-floor office in the city and a business that is helping thousands of South Africans to succeed. How did he get here? Through a mixture of hard work and staying true to first principles, he says.Silulo Ulutho Technologies recently moved into new premises on the top floor of a prominent building in the heart of a Cape Town business district, offering impressive views and facilities. These new offices are a far cry from the township streets where the company began 14 years ago.

But while the company is moving ahead in leaps and bounds, chief executive Luvuyo Rani has not forgotten why he started his business in the first place.

“Things are changing fast; Silulo is becoming corporatised. But we don’t want to lose our spirit of entrepreneurship, our values, our connection to people. That is what makes us love what we do; the impact it has on the community. In the end that matters more than how much turnover we generate or where we expand to,” he says.

These ideas, and the story of Silulo’s success, are explored in detail in a recent teaching case study by the UCT Graduate School of Business, which made it onto the short list in the prestigious 2018 Ceeman Case Writing Competition in partnership with Emerald Group Publishing, and will shortly be used to teach business school students and other aspiring entrepreneurs about what it takes to be a successful social entrepreneur in South Africa.

Silulo Ulutho Technologies stands out because it is a social enterprise – driven primarily by the desire to empower township and rural communities by connecting them to the world of technology. The company’s name is based on the first syllables of the three founding partners: Sigqibo, Luvuyo and Lonwabo Rani. Silulo means “we are” in isiXhosa while Ulutho translates as “value”.

It all began in 2004 when Luvuyo Rani, a teacher in Khayelitsha, saw teachers struggling with the new computer technology that was being introduced into classrooms. His entrepreneurial instincts led him to partner with his brother, Lonwabo, and they started selling computers and parts from the boot of his Corsa Lite. Rani gave up his job, much to the surprise of peers, to focus on his new venture.

By the end of the first year, they had sold 15 computers. The following year, they found a new partner in Nandipha Matshoba and made the move from car boot to shop premises – developing a “one-stop shop” model, offering internet access, training, sales, help, repairs and mobile support.

By 2008, they had perfected this model and started to expand. Today Silulo has 46 stores in townships and rural areas in the Western, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 220 full-time staff members, and 21 franchises – and is making a difference in the lives of thousands of South Africans.

FOR THE PAST 14 YEARS, LUVUYO RANI HAS WORKED NIGHT AND DAY; LIVING, EATING AND SLEEPING HIS BUSINESS. THERE HAS BEEN LITTLE TIME FOR ANYTHING ELSE. IT COST HIM ONE RELATIONSHIP AND HE AND HIS BROTHER HAVE ALSO BEEN HELD AT GUNPOINT AND ROBBED BY ARMED MEN IN KHAYELITSHA. OVER THE YEARS, SOME OF THEIR SHOPS HAVE BEEN VANDALISED AND STOCK TAKEN, AND THEY HAVE HAD THEIR STRUGGLES IN OBTAINING LOANS AND FUNDS. BUT NONE OF THIS HAS BEEN ABLE TO HOLD THEM BACK.

Several awards and accolades have accrued over the years, including the national productivity award and the Endeavour global entrepreneur award. Luvuyo Rani was featured in Forbes Magazine’s March issue in 2014 and he was the Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur of the year in 2016.

This year, Silulo’s revenue has levelled out at about R20 million, most of which went into operating expenses.

One of strengths of the business has been the entrepreneurial spirit that has kept it one step ahead. As the internet became more accessible and smartphones entered the market, for example, the company adapted its business model to offer more training courses and partner with other companies – Silulo has become a known brand and this has opened doors for the business. At the same time the business has been helping to secure loans for individuals to open franchises, mentoring young entrepreneurs and creating networks for others to succeed. In 2018, the Silulo Business Incubation Hub was opened in Mitchells Plain, to assist young entrepreneurs in setting up and launching their business.

Another strength has been the business’ ability to stick to its original purpose. Matshoba says, “The challenge is to stay true to what drove us in the beginning. If we partner with other companies, we look for those who can bring real value to our communities.”

The company has also created a foundation to make a bigger impact in the communities in which it has a presence.

THE CHALLENGE IS TO STAY TRUE TO WHAT DROVE US IN THE BEGINNING. IF WE PARTNER WITH OTHER COMPANIES, WE LOOK FOR THOSE WHO CAN BRING REAL VALUE TO OUR COMMUNITIES.

Nandipha Matshoba
One of its longstanding partners has been the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business, and the two have enjoyed a rich and deep learning engagement over the years, which led to the decision to write up Silulo’s story as a teaching case study.

The study’s principal author, Eckard Smuts, believes Silulo is a homegrown success story that can inform a new academic paradigm for African business schools.

“It can show us what innovation looks like and how it should look in an emerging market context, like South Africa.”

One thing is clear – this success does not come easily. For the past 14 years, Luvuyo Rani has worked night and day; living, eating and sleeping his business. There has been little time for anything else. It cost him one relationship and he and his brother have also been held at gunpoint and robbed by armed men in Khayelitsha. Over the years, some of their shops have been vandalised and stock taken, and they have had their struggles in obtaining loans and funds. But none of this has been able to hold them back.

“Too many people want to hit the big time, to be instant millionaires. We need to realise that what works in other places, places like California, isn’t going to work for us here. This isn’t about being a pop star or a politician. Our story that needs to be told – is a story of hard work. It’s not about celebrating flashy achievements or flattering egos.”

Luvuyo Rani hopes that through this teaching case study, young entrepreneurs will learn from the example of Silulo Ulutho Technologies.

THIS ISN’T ABOUT BEING A POP STAR OR A POLITICIAN. OUR STORY THAT NEEDS TO BE TOLD – IS A STORY OF HARD WORK. IT’S NOT ABOUT CELEBRATING FLASHY ACHIEVEMENTS OR FLATTERING EGOS.

Luvuyo Rani
“We need to create a way for individuals to be humble enough, to be able to be grounded, to be connected, to have a real and lasting impact on their communities,” he says.

He hopes that the fact that the case has been translated into isiXhosa – possibly the first teaching case ever to be translated thus – should help spread the story far and wide.

This plays into the wider academic significance of why it is important to develop teaching case studies like this one. The Silulo case is not only about celebrating the success of one local business that beat the odds, but about inspiring 100 more by showing business students successful role models in a local context.

As Ncedisa Nkonyeni, of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship who helped compile the case study, points out, if we want to build an inclusive economy in South Africa we need to unpack successful models of inclusion and impact to share these widely.

“What is special about Silulo is that it’s not just a successful business that started and operates in townships – but it’s realising a vision of business that we aspire for in South Africa, and rarely see.”

Now that is something worth shouting about.

Author Claire Barnado
Read more here: News24

Teen entrepreneurs launch bullying & mental illness support app

Teen entrepreneurs launch bullying & mental illness support app

Developed by sibling entrepreneurs Hannah and Charlie Lucas, notOK is an app designed for young people in need of mental and physical health support. Inspired by Hannah’s own development of Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTs), a condition that causes her to faint, the unpredictability of this and the fear of being alone spiraled into anxiety and depression. During one of her lowest moments, one in which she contemplated self-harm, Hannah wondered how things might be different if she had an immediate resource to help her cope? “What if there was a button I could press and someone would immediately know I was not okay?”

And so notOK was born. For many dealing with mental illness and related health issues, writing a text or making a phone call can feel impossible. But pressing a single button might be accessible enough to save a life.

notOK is available on iPhone and Android.

Read more on Afropunk

Overview of Unemployment Rates in SA Youth

Overview of Unemployment Rates in SA Youth

South Africa is ranked 40th out of 63 economies in terms of entrepreneurial education at school stage.

Advice from TOP 10 Successful SA Women

Advice from TOP 10 Successful SA Women

Advice On Balancing Work And Family

 

PART 1 FARAH FORTUNE

Discover the secrets of these ten innovative women entrepreneurs who have built highly successful SA businesses, while juggling family responsibilities.

Farah Fortune resigned from her previous position and started her business from her bedroom floor. Fortune soon found herself sharing two-minute noodles with her daughter as the money began to run out.

Fortune had to momentarily shelve her dream of starting her own business and work for a PR company in order to support her daughter. She hated every minute of it so when her CC registration finally come through, she walked out the door.

Today, African Star Communications represents high-profile rappers such as K.O and Solo, and stand-up comedians Loyiso Gola and Jason Goliath. What made Fortune different from other PR firms is she took on small clients and made them into big stars.

Fortune revealed:

“My daughter keeps me motivated; she needs clothes on her back and food in her stomach. Even if this didn’t work for me, I’d scrub toilets to make sure she had what she needed. I will never see my child suffer.”

Fortune believes that balancing work and home isn’t easy at all; she has a demanding career and considers herself very lucky to have an amazing support system.

Fortune doesn’t feel like she’s missing out on anything as her daughter is her priority she makes sure she’s always there for her.

Read more on Farah Fortune’s journey to success here.

The Story of your Life

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The Story of your Life

Listen to your heart…be happy…don’t give up and always believe! The beautiful story from Buddha’s Tale about the Value Of Life, read by Dare to do. Motivation