Dr Judy Dlamini, accomplished entrepreneur, doctor, mother, wife, student, style icon and author is contributing to yet another initiative close to her heart by donating books to an initiative to inspire young boys and girls to succeed in their careers. This book drive is an initiative spearheaded by Book Circle Capital, a newly established book store situated in Maboneng. The donation of 500 copies of Dr Judy’s book Equal but Different will kick the initiative into gear.
Equal But Different is based on life story interviews from fourteen women from diverse backgrounds, all of whom have risen to top leadership positions. These include Phuti Mahanyele (exec chairman Sigma Capital), Coco Cachalia (CEO Grounded Media), Cora Fernandez (Former Head of Sanlam Investment Management), Gloria Serobe (Founder & Executive Director of WIPHold), Maria Ramos (first woman to lead one of the biggest Financial Services groups in the country) and Siza Mzimela (first black woman to lead a commercial airline company). The book also covers men’s voices, including the Deputy President of the country, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa. While promoting the book, Dr Dlamini also donated books to underprivileged schools to inspire learners and demonstrate that nothing is impossible.
This spirit of giving is integral to Dr Dlamini and her husband Sizwe Nxasana’s business practices, and Dr Dlamini endorses the ethos of giving back, she believes that South Africa will only be prosperous if all who live in it have an equal chance to succeed. When she noticed Book Circle Capital’s CSI initiative on social media, which aimed to donate 10 000 books to schools across SA, she couldn’t resist contributing books to this initiative. This was not the first time she has engaged with the quirky bookstore as they have previously invited her to be a guest speaker at their book club, where she addressed a group of young professionals.
Book Circle Capital, owned by Sewela and Loyiso Langeni, started their initiative to promote the essence of equality among young girls and boys. They are also looking to inspire them through the stories and different experiences captured in Dr Dlamini’s book.
Book Circle Capital is highly appreciative of Dr Dlamini’s contribution towards their initiative. According to the partners, the publishing industry in South Africa is highly concentrated and competitive with small margins. Dr Dlamini’s contribution to their cause further cements the partnerships they’re hoping to cultivate in order to have an impact on the youth. Dr Dlamini’s personal journey is regarded by the Langeni’s as an inspirational story that many children need to hear.
The partners look forward to teaming with other corporate organisations and believe others will follow in Sifiso Publishers footsteps. Dr Dlamini echoes their sentiments and states that “all stakeholders in our economy have a responsibility to invest in our youth. Empowering their minds and showing them what they can become if they work hard is a good starting point.”
“My hope is that Equal But Different inspires the young readers encouraging them to reach for their dreams. I am living proof that hard work and determination ensure you achieve your dreams. I always believed that people are equal but different and that mindset helped me to achieve despite the apartheid system and all other obstacles I encountered along my journey. This hard-working attitude is one I would like to instil in those that come after us,” concludes Dr Dlamini.
- Equal But Different: Women Leaders’ Life Stories by Judy Dlamini
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