Marie Claire South Africa is proud to launch the first-of-its-kind Marie Claire Power Summit 2018, progressed by Audi and in association with the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Join us for a full-day power conference on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 at the Lyric at Gold Reef City in Johannesburg, to coincide with the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018 Be the Legacy programme, where incredible women leaders, trailblazers, creatives and influencers from across Africa and abroad will share their knowledge, wisdom and power.

Featuring keynote speakers, one-on-one interviews and panel discussions, the Marie Claire Power Summit 2018 will bring together the voices of a diverse range of influencers from the worlds of business, entertainment and education, discussing the issues that matter most right now: gender equality, career, business, sexuality and activism.

You’ll come away from this day with all the advice, skills and motivation you need to feel inspired and empowered.

Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Time: 8.00am – 3.30pm
Venue: The Lyric at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
Ticket price: R980
Power summit tickets on sale now.

Guests will also enjoy a delicious lunchtime Haig and Tanqueray cocktail from our official alcohol sponsor, Diageo.

OUR MC: Redi Tlhabi

Influential author, columnist and former TV and radio presenter who is an advocate for women’s rights and female empowerment. Redi participated in the miniskirt march and the march to the Union Buildings in solidarity with students in the ‘#FeesMustFall’ campaign.


Keynote Conversation

Hard Work in The Era of Instant Gratification: Nomzamo Mbatha

Nomzamo Mbatha has gone from being an unknown talent search contestant to one of the most sought-after stars in the entertainment industry, not only in South Africa, but on the continent as a whole. From television and cinema appearances to international beauty and sports brand endorsements, as well as philanthropic and humanitarian work, Mbatha has proven herself to be South Africa’s golden girl. Her work as a film actress (Tell Me Sweet Something, The Jakes Are Missing, About Love, Hotel Called Memory) and her performances in television programmes (iSibaya, Umlilo, Lockdown), has been lauded, celebrated and awarded on many platforms.

Panel Discussion

Why We Need More Women in Tech: Aisha Pandor, Lindiwe Matlali and Bathabile Mpofu

Aisha Pandor, the daughter of Energy Minister Naledi Pandor, is the co-founder of online home cleaning service SweepSouth, which allows homeowners to request cleaning services at the touch of a button. She has also been named one of the top 50 most inspiring women in tech by Inspiring Fifty South Africa.

Bathabile Mpofu is the co-founder of Nkazimulo Applied Sciences, an organisation that aims to help young people become scientists. She is also the developer of ChemStart – an award-winning mini science kit designed to deliver 52 physical science experiments that high school learners can conduct themselves. The kit was created in an effort to get more children, specifically young girls, interested in science.

Lindiwe Matlali is the founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks, an initiative dedicated to inspiring Africa’s next generation of technology innovators by providing computer science training to youth in underserved communities. Lindiwe has previously featured as a keynote speaker at other prestigious events including TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston Massachusetts and the 20th MIT Venture Capital and Innovation Conference.

Panel Discussion

How to Safeguard Yourself Against the Internet’s Culture of Hate: Terry Pheto, Tumi Voster and 

Terry Pheto stole the country’s heart in 2005 in the Oscar-winning film Tsotsi. In just a few short years, Terry Pheto went from being an aspiring young actress to one of the most celebrated women in the entertainment industry. She is also our June 2018 issue cover star.

Known for her energetic and positive spirit, South African radio and TV presenter, MC, trendsetter and style influencer, Tumi Voster has firmly positioned herself as one of South Africa’s most sought-after and celebrated entertainment personalities. 

Award-winning poet and theatre practitioner Koleka Putuma has taken the South African literary scene by storm with her bestselling debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia. The debut poetry anthology explores the historical journeys of South African women of colour. Since its publication in April 2017, the book is in its 6th print run and has been prescribed for study in South African Universities.

Panel Discussion

Small Changes, Big Impact. Ways You Can Help the Environment Today: Catherine Constantinides, Fumani Mthembi and Caradee Wright

Catherine Constantinides is a South African environmentalist, social entrepreneur, activist and human rights defender. Catherine is passionate about empowering women and children across South Africa and the SADC region using the vehicles of environmental impact, climate change, water and waste as key focus areas and drivers of sustainable change. 

Fumani Mthembi is a co-founder of the Pele Energy Group and the managing director of its subsidiary, Knowledge Pele. Pele is the largest, 100% black-owned independent energy and development company in South Africa. Knowledge Pele executes on the group’s structural transformation agenda through applying a social enterprise model to transform rural, township and peri-urban communities into thriving economies. Fumani holds an MA Science, Society and Development degree from Sussex University.

Caradee Wright is a Senior Specialist Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council and leads the Climate and Health Research Programme. She is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Pretoria, a research associate at Nelson Mandela University and an Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg. Her work, which focuses on environmental health in Africa, includes research into personal solar ultraviolet radiation exposure and skin cancer prevention, personal dosimetry, health risk assessment and air pollution-related exposure, as well as disease measurement and prevention.


Keynote Conversation

How Silence Can Be an Expression in a Society That Doesn’t Listen: Panashe Chigumadzi

Panashe Chigumadzi is an award-winning Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist. She is the author of Sweet Medicine, which won the 2016 K. Sello Duiker Literary Award, and of a forthcoming book, These Bones Will Rise Again. Panashe is also the founding editor of Vanguard Magazine, a platform for young black women coming of age in post-apartheid South Africa.

Keynote Conversation

The Importance & Value of Investing in Africa’s Luxury Industry: Uche Pézard

Uche Pézard is the CEO of Luxe Corp and Founder of Luxury Connect Africa. An entrepreneur and business strategist, Pézard works out of Paris, but is on a mission to give Africa, as a new luxury market, the platform it deserves. She is also the founding editor of the luxury business magazine, Luxe-Mag.Com, and is the author of the best-selling book, Luxury Fashion Branding.


Keynote Conversation

Do Women Need to Play Dirty to Become Politicians?: Lindiwe Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a public leader, speaker, writer and academic fellow. She was the DA’s youngest ever parliamentary leader, and the first black woman in South African history to be elected to the post of Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly.



Panel Discussion

The Rise of The Female-Driven Economy: Suhana Gordhan and Phuti Mahanyele 

Suhana Gordhan is a Creative Director at FCB Africa and Chairperson of the Loeries, the advertising awards show for Africa and the Middle East. Some of her accolades include a Loerie Grand Prix, Black Eagle, Gold Pendoring, Creative Circle Ad of the Year, a Silver Pixel at The Bookmarks and a Cannes Silver Lion, a D&AD Graphite Pencil and One Show Best in Discipline. She is also one of the founders of a new program called ‘Open Chair’, which helps young women in advertising to have face time with senior female leadership.

Phuti Mahanyele is the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital an investment holding company. Phuti is involved in a number of activities to mentors young professionals and supports students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She also chairs the Bain Academy which supports professionals in corporate Africa.

Panel Discussion

What Generation Z Think About Themselves & Their Country: Busi Mkhumbuzi and V-Girls’ Representatives

At just 16 years old, Busi Mkhumbuzi established the South African chapter of V-Girls, a network for girls by girls. Busi’s most noteworthy achievement as leader of V-Girls was to organise a protest through the streets of Joburg’s CBD, with girls wearing mini-skirts made from recycled materials.  Supported by celebrities like Rosie Motene, the protest was replicated by V-Girl chapters throughout the world – and helped her secure an invitation to present at TEDWomen. Busi currently works as Director at Tshimong, a for-profit organisation striving to get the voices of young people heard, to contribute in shaping the policies that affect their daily lives and future, and to create change in their communities.

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