Women in Business


August is dedicated to Women. Our upcoming recordings by successful and positively minded women are there to inspire others to socially and economically find the strength to uplift themselves and to follow their dreams.

Nothing is impossible.

Tune in every Thursday to be inspired.

Jaqui Taljaard  –  Managing Director at Cratos Life

During the month of August we will look at women empowerment. Cratos Life is proud to have its first female Managing Director, Jaqui Taljaard. She has been with the company for many years and has a wealth of experience in the financial services industry. She has been a successful business consultant with Discovery, achieving many of their top accolades. Jaqui also has years of operational experience, having been the National Events and Marketing Manager for CANSA as well as the Chief Operating Officer for the Smile Foundation. She is deeply committed to ensuring the wellbeing of all partners and associates of Cratos Life, ranging from staff and advisors, to service providers – and ultimately to our clients.

Cratos Life strives to empower women in different sectors and is proud to introduce its mentorship programme in various areas of business such as financial, medical, academic and others.

Noelene Kotschan – Founder & Director – PinkDrive

Noelene established her own event management company, Sho-Sho-Lo-Za Marketing in 1995. With over 30 years experience in the industry, Noelene assisted in the organisation of conferences, launch functions, road shows and trade forums, both locally and internationally, counting among her clients many of South Africa’s largest blue-chip companies.

A pioneer in fundraising for CSR initiatives, Noelene has become an acknowledged leader in the industry.

In 2006 Noelene founded Cause Marketing Fundraisers and the initiative PinkDrive.  PinkDrive is an indispensable, tangible breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) powering mobile mammography units and an educational unit with the message that Early Detection Prolongs Lives. The main aim of the programme is to provide women and men in various disadvantaged communities access to education, physical examinations and to learn how to do a breast self-examination.

Cause Marketing Fundraisers have launched sustainable campaigns which still to date raise millions of rands for the charities which continue to run them.  Noelene holds the prestigious title of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government awarded in 2019 and won the Gauteng Premier Excellence Awards – Health Delivery in 2020.

In her role as a fundraiser and cause marketer, it has become apparent to Noelene that it takes a mother to raise a child and women to uplift a nation. Noelene passionately feels that all South African women must stand together to create change. Her key lessons in life, which play a direct role in the way she does business, are to never give up, always look for the positive in a bad situation and to accept the challenge of change.

Synthie Enoch – Primary School Teacher & Head of Department

Synthie Enoch, a primary school teacher and head of department. Her endeavour is to empower young lives for a better future and for young people to develop and pursue their dreams. She believes that the foundation to do this is by learning, by applying knowledge and by just being tolerant towards others.

Keri Toniette Sacks – Co-Founder – Cheesecake By Keki Toni

Keri Toniette Sacks, a self-made and self-motivated business woman. She just recently had a simple idea in the cake industry but needed the push to realise it. Through word of mouth her business expanded within just 2 months. Self-motivation was the catalytic driver to her success.

Mia Katz – Principal & Owner of Katz Academy

Mia Katz, principal and owner of Katz Academy. She strives to empower young learners through learning, faith, love and tolerance. In her mind, all of these factors will contribute towards fulfilling dreams and shape young minds to develop a confident, determined, just and kind personality.

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