Meet some of Kouga’s Power(ful) Woman competition nominees

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Municipality of Kouga, in collaboration with kouga expressaims to honor women in the community and business sectors who are making a powerful and positive difference, big or small.

Meet some of the nominees.

NOTE: These contestants are just some of the qualified nominees for the Kouga Power(full) Women’s Contest for 2022. More nominees will be published in the Kouga Express on Thursday, August 18.

Ziyanda Kilimani (24)

A young, dynamic, smart and fearless resident of Thornhill – strives daily to provide a brighter future for everyone in her community and always goes the extra mile. Although she had her first child at 14, she continued to attend school and passed her baccalaureate with outstanding grades, after which she continued her education.

Kilimani started a non-profit organization, Sisterhood, to raise awareness about teenage pregnancy. She visits schools and churches, and donates sanitary products to those in need in her area. His organization has been featured in the Kouga Express and has been broadcast on Algoa FM, Kouga FM and Umhlobo Wenene. It further has a football club with the aim of nurturing and developing young people, especially young boys.

Katherine White (25)

She owns Cat White Media, completed her education at Global Leadership Academy (GLA) in Jeffreys Bay, after which she studied at Rhodes University – still wanting to return to Kouga.

She started Cat White Media Pty (Ltd), a news and production company in 2020 during her final year of college and while cooped up at her home in Jeffreys Bay. Unable to return to campus, she filmed and produced various programs locally on her own. She took our stories and showed them to the rest of the country. Among others, she covered projects like Let’s feed JBay and the JBay music trail. His good news on Kouga was broadcast on SABC.

After earning her Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies (BJourn) with distinction, being on the Dean’s Honor List and graduating as one of the best in her faculty, she now lives in Jeffreys Bay where she lives really his passion.

Much of his passion is the people of Kouga. As a freelance journalist, working for companies such as TimesLIVE, The Sunday Times and Cat White Media, she tells the stories that affect our people around the world. No longer just good news, but also tragic stories. More recently, she has extensively covered the movement of foreign nationals to Hankey for TimesLIVE.

As a teenager, she started Kouga Community Theater to educate through drama. Now, as a young woman, she shows the world the plight and achievements of our region.

White is slowly but surely changing the perception that only “big cities” make the news and get exposed.

Natasha Barnard (37)

Natassja is from Jeffreys Bay.

As the business owner of ACS Empowerment Solutions, Barnard is a transformation specialist specializing in training and development. She is also the Managing Director of ACS Academy, a multi-SETA and QCTO accredited training company that brings recognized accredited training to Kouga.

From 2020 they have provided opportunities for young local unemployed people and motivated locals to invest in our own potential rather than outsourcing where it does not benefit the community.

Natassja is among various NPCs.

She is one of the founding directors of the South African Education Forum, where they educate, motivate and share information and opportunities with other industry professionals across South Africa.

She is also a founding member of NPC Trust, ACS Economic Empowerment, which provides entrepreneurs with lifelong learning opportunities to equip them with the business and soft skills needed to start their own business and make it successful.

Besides people, she loves animals and spends her free time sitting on the local SPCA committee where she helps with marketing and communications.

With a background in Marketing from Varsity, BBBEE MDP from Wits University and currently completing the final year and a half of Bcom Law, she is also a Registered Skills Development Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator with various education sector authorities and of training.

What she loves most about her profession is that she can share information and opportunities with her community and mentees.

Natalie Williams (42)

Nathalene, a resident of Humansdorp, is the owner of Kouga Region Modeling Academy, a non-profit company.

Williams is actively involved in the community, particularly with young girls to help them develop and improve their confidence and improve their self-esteem, as well as to become the best version of themselves by organizing a program of etiquette-focused week-long vacation. .

Additionally, she collects baby items and lightly used clothing for those less fortunate.

Annette Herselman (55)

Vibrant and beautiful, Annette is the owner of Die Kasteel Accommodation & Function Venue (Gamtoos Mouth), Mr Pell’s House Self-Catering Accommodation (Jeffreys Bay) and Alfresco Garden Function Venue (Jeffreys Bay). She will soon add the self-contained accommodation of Aunt Adri’s house to the list.

Herselman demonstrates a spirit of excellence and is always willing to go the extra mile – leading to success in all aspects of business and life. His soul is fierce, his heart is brave, and his spirit is strong.

She has a “do it now” philosophy – she doesn’t put off something important that she can do right away. It has within it the power to create, nurture and transform.

Herselman studied food and clothing technology at Pretoria Technicon, and participated in various food workshops and online cooking classes. She regularly participates in Empowering Women in Business and organizes retreats for Women in Happy & Healthy Self Care.

She loves pilates, zumba, rumba and hiking, and for relaxation she loves spending time with her family and traveling to Portugal.

From retail worker to successful businesswoman, Humansdorp’s Shunayra Jansen (23) is the proud owner of Unwind the Beauty.

Penniless, Jansen bought her very first manicure equipment with her first payment from the Unemployment Insurance Fund – to test on herself and her friends. Although it turned out to be a messy path as she struggled and still learned, she knew immediately that this was what she wanted to do in life.

From running out of money to products that didn’t work and having to work from her bedroom, she kept trying – without giving up for a moment.

Today she has her own thriving beauty salon with the best products and excellent service.

Pastor Angie Baartman (58)

She is from Humansdorp is a phenomenal, exceptional, dynamic, loyal, honest and wonderful woman of God.

She is highly respected in the community and she loves everyone.

Baartman does a spectacular job enabling people of all ages to complete their matric and she goes the extra mile to help others achieve their dreams. She was an adult when she did her matric, and her testimony inspires many to complete their matric. She is a true woman of bravery, bravery and courage.

She is truly a woman who works in the community and considers the needs of others as important. Baartman fits all descriptions of a real community woman.

Angie Bartman.

Angie Bartman.

Annette Herselman.

Annette Herselman.

Shunayra Jansen.

Shunayra Jansen.

Natasha Barnard.

Natasha Barnard.

Catherine White.

Katherine White.

Natalie Williams.

Natalie Williams.

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