The belief that we’re in a man’s world is gradually getting eroded. A number of hardworking women in South Africa have been successful in various aspects of life and proven that gender is not a barrier in reaching the top . Most of the women who made the list of the richest black women in South Africa 2019 have inspired and given other black women numerous reasons to go into profitable businesses and create wealth.

Many of these women came into the spotlight due to their ambitions, perseverance, and hard work. We believe these South African women are the perfect mentors for you if you need motivation -as a matter of fact we all need some sort of motivation every now and then.

The Top Richest Black Women In South Africa 2019.

This article is about the richest black women in South Africa currently.

6. Irene Charnley

Irene Charnley who has millions of rands to her name is the founder and chief Executive Officer of Smile Telecoms. She is a social entrepreneur and well renowned telecoms visionary who has transformed MTN into one of the most respected telecommunications operators in the EMEA region. She was awarded Business Woman of the Years Award. Her roles in the telecommunications sector are commendable because she has been a top executive in giant firms such as Johnnic Communications Limited, MTN and Time Media Limited.

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5. Christine Ramon

Christine Ramon who inspires women in the mining and metals industry began her career with Coopers & Lybrand, where she gained exposure to various industries while working with clients. This exposure acted as a catalyst for Christine’s career as she began working in Johnnic, a media and entertainment firm, she held the following positions of CFO, COO and CEO, before she began working for a petrochemicals company, Sasol, where she became the CFO from 2006 to 2013. Christine was made CFO of AngloGold Ashanti in 2014. She has an estimated Net Worth of R49 million.

Christine points out that while mining may have its challenges, women must overcome the opinions of others and work a lot harder than men to get recognized. To conquer this challenge, Christine advises that women should have a positive thinking and not allow the issue of gender stand in their way. She also said this:

Once you are able to demonstrate and prove yourself in the workplace, gender is really not an issue. You must be able to work as a team with both males and females and show that gender does not make a difference to you.

She was named South Africa’s CFO of the Year at the 2018 CFO Awards.

4. Mamphela Ramphele

Mamphela Aletta Ramphele is a medical doctor but engages in other activities. She is a politician, businesswoman, a former activist against apartheid and an academic. She was appointed as a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town in September 1996, which made her become the first black woman to hold such a position at a South African university.

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Ramphele also became the first South African woman to hold a position as one of the four Managing Directors of the World Bank in 2000 to oversee the strategic positioning and operations of the World Bank Institute as well as the Vice-Presidency of External Affairs. Mamphela Ramphele currently serves on the boards of directors of big firms like Standard Bank, Transnet, Anglo American and Medi-Clinic. She has an estimated Net Worth of R55 million.

3. Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube

A born entrepreneur, Nonhlanhla Mjoli-Mncube operates her own companies -Mjoli Development Company (Pty) Ltd, Eziko Investments and The Alpha Network for Women which connects women to economic opportunities, training, finance, mentoring, and coaching. She sits on several Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed companies in South Africa and has worked in leadership, in research, construction, housing finance, gender mainstreaming, and other sectors. She has an estimated Net Worth of R94 million and has bagged lots of awards -Businesswoman of the Year Award, Top Woman of the 90s, Finance Woman of the Year, and the Black Businesswoman of the Year Award and so on.

2. Judy Dlamini

Judy Dlamini is a qualified medical doctor, author, businesswoman with an MBA and PhD in business leadership. Dlamini with an estimated Net Worth of R124 million chairs Mbekani Investment Holdings, the business she founded more than 20 years ago. She also owns and operates luxury retail stores and is on the boards of directors of Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed companies Anglo American, Aspen Pharmacare and Northam Platinum. Being in charge of her own destiny and refusal to be held back by challenges has been her driving force.

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1. Bridgette Radebe

Bridgette who tops the list as the richest black woman in South Africa 2019 founded Mmakau Mining; a mining firm that initiates explorations and assists in producing platinum, gold, and chrome. With a Net Worth of R1 billion Mmakau’s major focus while bringba leader is on investment in sustainable mining ventures by involving in community activities which results to wealth creation via managed empowerment partnering, empowerment procurement practices, and entrepreneur development. Bridgette Radebe answers the question, Who is the richest black woman in South Africa? On May 2008, she was awarded an “International Businessperson of the Year Award” by the Global Foundation for Democracy -this award acknowledge business owners who have made positive impact in the world of changing political and environmental landscapes. Bridgette gave us the secret to wealth in this quote of hers:

Let me tell you a secret. You want lots of money?..then give out money, I have never seen a giver lack.

There you have it.

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