KISUA celebrated six young women for youth month and the exceptional work that they do.
The brand dressed the young women in the latest KISUA collections from their Sahara and Kigali ranges for a youth month campaign photoshoot.
The group of young women are high achievers in their respective industries ranging from entrepreneurship to News reporting, TV directing and to establishing a community based non-profit organisation.
Just last month Sibisi challenged the management at eNCA when a three-minute story she did for the television network was pulled because she was wearing a headscarf. The email she sent to her co-workers (where she expressed her views on the incident) was then leaked on social media. She has since received a lot of support on Twitter where the scandal was referred to as #Respekthedoek and #Doekgate.
Sunni Faba has directed over a dozen short films for DSTV and eTV, and works as a writer and developer on popular local television dramas Ayeye and Isibiya. Faba completed her Honours Degree in dramatic arts at Wits University. Her first job was as an intern director at M-Net’s Magic’s Factory in 2012. Last year Sunni was chosen as part of Mail and Guardian's 200 Young South Africans.
Phemelo Segoe and Thato Kgatlhanye
Thato Kgatlhanye is the founder of Rethaka - a company that creates re-purposed school bags. She founded the company at the age of 21, when she observed that kids in her community used plastic bags as book bags. The company creates school bags from up-cycled plastic bags with solar power packs which allow the bags to be charged during the day so that they can be used as lamp lights for evening studies. Thato has been recognised by Forbes, CNBC Africa and has won the ELLE international Impact2 Award.
Phemelo Segoe is the Brand and Marketing Manager of Rethaka. She is a BA graduate in Brand Management from Vega. Phemelo insists on devoting her time to mentoring, motivating and reshaping the landscape of our society by engaging young women.
Candice Sehoma and Pearl Ngoasheng
Candice and Pearl are the Pioneers of the Building Blocks Foundation. The young women have taken the stand to work towards a goal of improving their area of residency. Their organization aims to bring sanitary, flushing toilets to the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg.
Building Blocks Foundation's main objective is to uplift the community by improving the sanitary conditions in the area through eradicating the bucket toilet system, which also helps prevent diseases associated with poor sanitation.
The journey of Building Blocks Foundation began in 2012 when Sehoma, then 19, realized that they couldn’t wait for the government to supply proper toilets in her township. Sehoma then recruited three of her friends as well as university students, and officially founded the Building Blocks Foundation in 2013. The initiative also runs community workshops for adults and children in the area to raise awareness on sanitation and general environmental cleanliness.
It is highly commendable that a company such as KISUA has taken time to recognise and appreciate young women who are hard-working leaders and who are making positive contributions to their communities in the work that they do.
Photography: 72 Photography (Elijah Semosa)
Make-up: Ranaa Patel