South African women have been making waves in the business world and it is about time they get the recognition they deserve. With that said, International Women’s day is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Local businesswomen in Cape Town are breaking different sectors that are known to be male-dominated. Check out how these local ladies have been slaying.

Zezeleni Zezeleni


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A community project that is made by women for women, by Jeanette Isimbi. The project’s purpose is to uplift and empower by teaching women how to sew and potentially create a future for themselves within the retail and sewing industry.

Before Zezeleni Zezeleni came into existence Jeanette spent most of her free time selling her hand-sewed pencil cases to her fellow classmates at CPUT. Currently, Zezeleni Zezeleni is building its empire one step at a time as Jeanette creates high-quality hand-made pants, shirts, and backpacks.

Clay Hands

Clay Hands, located in Woodstock, is run by Natasha Viljoen. The studio is aimed at teaching and expanding within the art, creating employment opportunities for women. Natasha’s business is all about creating knowledge and ensuring that people are expanding their skills.

Masodi Organics


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Online-based beauty shop, Masodi Organics, owned by Liz Letsoalo, produces and sells 100% natural hair and skin products. The female-owned brand is all about sustainability, care and providing products that are free from harsh chemicals. Besides Masodi Organics, Liz is currently launching Rave, a mobile beauty services for women to enjoy in the comfort of their home.

Spice and All Things Nice

Gillian Downes started her successful business in 2002 from her family home in Newlands. With her hard work and dedication over the years, she has crafted her own spices, rice, and pastes which can be bought from your local supermarkets.

Sweet Savannah

Cecilia Kapasula owns this classic interior design brand that produces African-inspired, high-quality furniture and decor pieces. Sweet Savannah has a wide range of unique and custom-made furniture which includes wooden tables, reception desks, and chairs.

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