How blessed we have been to be a part of a group of such great women. The Ithemba Women is a group of women leaders, from the Ethembeni Equity Investment Trust & Ithema broad-based ownership scheme. Ethembeni Equity Investment Trust controlled by women, response to women-specific needs, challenges, and aspirations. Through Ithemba broad-based ownership scheme that offers a range of skills-based education, learning and sharing platforms, capacity building and training programmes, and the creation of networking opportunities. Skills development is followed by assisting in obtaining the necessary infrastructure and where applicable, financial support to grow these women empowerment projects.

We would like to thank Beulah Fredericks and The Community Development Foundation (referred to as CDF), for your support. The dream team Wafaa Aduraghman and Sue-Anne Zerf, thank you for your continued support. CDF and the Ithemba women have become a second home, a place of support, hope, strength, and upliftment.

1st for women, relationship blog says, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much’. That is a well-known quote from Helen Keller, which she voiced on numerous occasions during many of her stage performances in the mid-1940s, yet this adage still rings true in modern times.

In today’s world, everyone seems to be too busy and too under pressure to help the next person. As much as we need to focus on building our ideal lives and creating the best futures for ourselves, we need to keep in mind that when women work together towards a common goal, so much greatness can be achieved.”


We can surely attest to that 2017 was a tough and busy year for many of us but also a very rewarding year, knowing we have the support of Great women.

Ithemba women are a group of phenomenal women leaders doing great work in their communities.

Wilhelmina Heynes, Tersia Charles, and Debbie Beziek working at a multi-purpose center Masithembele in Delft. Lucinda Evans and her team Zaida Cassiem, and Lesley Muller changing lives at Philisa Abafazi Bethu in Lavender Hill. Avril Andrews, Lesley Wyngaard, and Marlene Karelse at Alcardo Andrews Foundation and Moms move for Justice in Hanover Park. Vanessa Jooste, founder of Kingdom Construction Kidz in Ottery. Janap Odendaal, founder of “Hope for Destiny” on the Cape Flats. Heather Adonis at Smart Kingdom Kids Academy in Sea wings impacting lives through music. Allison Williams designer and tailor at Allison’s Wardrobe in Factreton. Vivian Mciteka, transforming lives at Umthawelanga in Khyalitsha. Gail October one of the team members of the organization called Women of Westlake in Westlake. Nolindo Wabani from Kuilsriver, Rusana Philander at Girls for Hope in Kuilsriver. Shanaaz Viljoen from Children’s Resource Centre, Wilweena Fortune from WWWJacobs Gardens in Mitchells Plain, and Penny Roberts – PR Agency. Our Youth, Andrea Alexander, Corine Solomon, Zandile Manuel, Jodie Petersen, and Michaela Booysen from Youth Arise. Delicia Howard founder of Ambassadors of Change in Scottsdene and Michelle from Sinethemba.

What an incredible team the year 2018 awaits new partnership and a year of re-enforcement and strengthening like never before. Let us continue to hook in our arms and move forward as a powerful force for good throughout our country.

Thank you, CDF for being the catalyst for change and creating a platform for women leaders to grow!

The year 2018 here we come!







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