This edition is a collection of hard work that meets heartwork.

DW Fastrack, the Heartwork Edition (01)

Editor’s Note

These amazing black women are making impressive strides in their industries, places of business and work environments. I personally have an affinity for women who aren’t afraid to say that they’re doing amazing.

I am specifically touched by the story of becoming of Makhotso, the rock star, heart-led woman who’s business name, Heartwork ZA inspired the heartwork edition. It’s so encouraging to see people like her who truly still have hope in helping and supporting people.

In the upcoming editions of Director Woman Fastrack, we’ll be diving deep into the extraordinary stories and lives of otherwise ‘ordinary’ women who are, one baby step at a time, designing the lives they’ve dreamed of. I’m one such person, and that is why it’s important for me to tell those stories.

A few days ago, I discovered a PowerPoint business and career magazine draft that I did in 2016. And today, 4 odd years later, I’m editing Director Woman and working with my favourite people, women of colour! Sometimes, like me, Randy, Makhotso and millions of women around the continent, you listen to your heart and allow yourself to be heart led. Thank you to all the amazing women in this and future editions for helping me make my dreams a reality.



Feature articles

  • Leseli Morakile: Creating exceptional online experiences
    Leseli Morakile (21) is an emerging Digital Marketing entrepreneur who, at 19, independently founded and launched her agency Young Timbers at an orphanage in Orlando East, Soweto. She is also currently pursuing a BCom Degree in Marketing and Business Management. Her vision is to, through Young Timbers, “create exceptional online experiences.” DW Fastrack interviewed the …
  • Makhotso Mabote: Braving and daring wholeheartedly
    Makhotso Mabote is the founder and CEO of personal and professional development coaching practice Heartwork ZA. DW Fastrack caught up with her about all things Makhotso and the coaching industry in a South African context. Growing up Makhotso I am a Sowetan with a global heart, from Dobsonville to the world! Growing up, I was …
  • Mmakgotso Sekhukhune: A career in Chemical Engineering
    After successfully completing the theoretical requirements of her Diploma in Chemical Engineering at Vaal University of Technology in 2011, Mmakgotso packed her belongings and returned home. “I had no luck finding a training opportunity. But honestly I also hadn’t applied for experiential learning, so after completing the theoretical modules, I went back home for 3 …
  • COVER GIRL: Randy Lamancha
    Randy Lamancha is a results driven Brand Strategist who founded and executively leads Eyethu Brands, a branding company that specialises in vehicle branding and signage and It’s Lamancha, a fashion company. Many people grow up to be a far cry from their younger selves, often taking a route they couldn’t have imagined they would ever …
  • Tenyeko Lebese: The Job Plug Queen
    Tenyeko, better know as the Job Plug Queen on Twitter is exactly as loving and gentle as you’d expect her to be. The 34 year old hails from Hamanskraal in a place called New Eersterus where she lives with her partner of 12 years. Tenyeko’s Twitter account, which in the last year she has dedicated …
  • Sike Nofemela: Empowering women through entrepreneurship
    “I believe there is a purpose for each of us in the world; mine is very tied to the creative world, which saw me launching this business. SM and Co is a creative studio anchored by woman empowerment and collaboration. It is the expression of the nature of a woman in business and seeks to …