WomensDay: SA’s top 5 women in technology
As we celebrate Women’s Day, we would like to shed light on the contributions from South African women in the field of Technology.
Let’s take a look at how South African women are currently changing and paving way for future generations of the fast-evolving sector
1. Naledi Pandor
Naledi Pandor currently serves as our Minister of Science and Technology. She holds Masters degrees in Education (University of London) and Linguistics (University of Stellenbosch). She has also received a prestigious award for science diplomacy by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) . She is honoured for her advocacy for young scientists and female scientists by supporting initiatives that encourage collaboration for groups locally and internationally.
2. Nisha Maharaj
Nisha Maharaj is the founder of Niche Integrated Solutions which provides software solutions, ICT managed services and Training.
Nisha Maharaj has dedicated 20 years of her life gathering work experience within South Africa’s major listed companies. This includes four banking and financial services companies and the telecommunications sector. Her roles varied from executive management, general management or COO level.
She was also successful and featured in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015.
3. Zandile Keebine
Zandile Keebine, while working in the ICT sector, she started working on various projects that required her to find solutions and designing software solutions for clients in the public sector.
During this time, she realised how gender inequality exists in the field.
In 2014, she co-founded GirlCode. GirlCode is a hackathon used to get girls excited about tech. She joined forces with her 2 friends Jeanette Theu and Tinyiko Simbine to register GirlCode as a non-profit organisation.
What is GirlCode?
4. Lebogang Madise
Lebogang began doing App development that targeted devices running on the Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Currently, she is a facilitator and representative of mLab SA , where she provides support to entrepreneurs and mobile developers to develop mobile applications and services.
Through the Demola Ntework Program, Lebogang teams up with talent from academic institutions and partners in the industry to find innovative solutions. In 2015, she founded her own company FruityMo.
FruityMo is an Edu-Tech company that focuses on Learning, Developing and Consultation. Her passion lies in teaching people how to code. To date, she has taught over 500 learners how to code from as young as the age of 7.
5. Annette Muller
Annette Muller is the founder and CEO of DOTNXT, a strategic innovation management firm with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Annette holds a Business Science degree (Honours Cum Laude) and has attended the Hyper Island Digital Master Class in New York. Her work continues to expand her globally , as she was recognised by Forbes as one of the ‘10 female tech founders to watch In Africa’ (2014)’, Annette is widely regarded as one of the great young strategic minds of today.
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Finalists for 2019 Women of the Future Awards announced
Finalists for Woman of the Future 2019
The women eligible for this award are 30 or older and have been in business for at least 1 000 days. The finalists are:
- Kathryn Main (Money Savvy Kids) — teaches children as young as four crucial financial skills so they can become financially independent adults.
- Nisha Maharaj (Niche Integrated Solutions) — specialises in information and communications technology.
- Phillipa Geard (RecruitMyMom) — a user-friendly online recruitment platform that links skilled moms to potential employers.
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Congratulations Nisha Maharaj! You are one of South Africa’s 2019 Top #InspiringFiftySA winners! #WomeninSTEM @technocratniche @cocreateSANL @Inspiringfifty
Ellen Fischat, The South African Ambassador for #InspiringFiftySA since 2018, says she was blown away by the talent.
Managing director of Niche Integrated.
Niche Integrated Solutions, a South African Black woman owned ICT emerging company is delighted to have launched TechXAfrica 2018 on Friday, 14 September at Monte Casino La Toscana after months of preparation.This is a first for South Africa, an ICT masterclass event, masterminded by women in technology driving ICT in Africa.
TechX Africa is an impressive opportunity to experience next generation thinking and philosophy fueled by woman in Tech, transporting you into the era of Purposeful Cost and Market disruption. It brings the local top ICT companies and world leaders in ICT, together with local small and emerging ICT entrepreneurs as well as women in technology to create a vehicle that allows ICT talent to be ported across Africa. The value the bigger companies bring to sme is in their partnerships that fosters technology and skills transfer through supply chain inclusion, local implementations and local support.
TechXAfrica was created to address some of the main challenges faced by entrepreneurs,these are amongst the top 5 challenges faced by African entrepreneurs:
• Attracting customers;
• Maintaining proﬁtability;
• Increasing revenue;
• Uncertainty over economic conditions;
• Securing ﬁnancing for expansion.
Attracting customers was pointed out by events Key speaker, the CEO of Technology Innovation Agency South Africa, Mr Barlow Manilal. He said that even though entrepreneurs are creating world class amazing solutions, it is still a major challenge for them to market their solutions and therefore fail within their sales strategy. It is thus imperative that we as a South African sme ourselves try to help other smme to gain visibility and sales traction not only within South Africa but the rest of Africa as well, hence TechXAfrica being the catalyst to bring everyone under one roof and to be able to port a combination of talents throughout Africa.
Other opportunities that the event creates is the networking of local ICT entrepreneurs with global ICT players to enable them to also market some of their innovations to these global players. We strongly advocate the integration of smme into supply chain opportunities. We also invited funders to the event to spot the talent and to give exhibitors access to funders and financiers.
The event boasted a combination of speakers and organizations such as:
Governmental Agencies and Representatives of various African countries and other, in South Africa:
• Technology Innovation Agency South Africa, Department
of Science and Technology, Barlow Manilal, Chief
• Several African and other country Ambassadors to South
Africa, Trade Executives, Defence Attaches and
Global leading ICT Speakers
• PCCW Global as one of the event key partners and
sponsors, Craig Price, Senior Vice President for
international projections, Hong Kong Telecomms Global
development services and Reem Ornath, Director of Cyber
• Huawei , Steve Apps, Global Chief Technology Officer
• Hitachi Vantara, Loay Jaber, Regional Manager, Big
Data, AI and IOT, amongst other
Local South African ICT Innovators and panelist speakers
• Chief Executive Officer and Founder, New Reality, Steve
• Director Executive Matsei Consulting and Technology,
Leon van Deventer
• Executive Director, Digital expert and Tech
Entrepreneur, Lubabalo Dyantyi
• Edupreneur, go-to market strategy consultant, idea
jockey, public speaker, Zuki Mzozoyana
• Tech Entrepreneur.
Several other South African ICT and emerging Tech Innovators also got the opportunity to showcase their talents and solutions at the event and Da Vinci Institute which runs the South African Technology Top 100 awards in South Africa was also present.
We thank all parties for having made this a successful launch event, including the SABC team, other media partners that attended the event, guest speakers, panelist speakers and delegates. We also thank Apprentice Valley for the highlight at our event, Pepper, the semi humanoid fun maker.
We hope to build on this successful start as Niche Integrated Solutions to make this one of Africa’s signature events over the next years to come and hope to be able to create a meaningful value proposition for Africa, our continent as a whole.
For more information about the event, future participation or enquiries, contact us through
Niche Integrated Solutions
Email: [email protected]
Ph: +27 (0) 11 464 5138/5148/5039
Media Liaison Contact
Ms Sharmain Dube
Ph: +27 (0) 11 464 5138/5148/5039
Niche Integrated Solutions Finalist MTN SME Recognition Award: recognizes wholly-owned, women-run enterprises that are viable businesses making inroads in the ICT sector.
After days of reviewing hundreds of nominations for this year’s MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards. The adjudication panel has shortlisted the top three entries that will be competing in their respective categories for the top accolades.
The MTN Women in ICT – Partnership for Change Awards is a platform that recognizes, honors and celebrates the contribution made by women professionals to the growth and development of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in South Africa.