Facebook South Africa unveiled its Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business book for its women’s month celebrations.

The book celebrates the careers, lives and life lessons of 13 inspirational South African businesswomen and ‘changemakers’. They are varied across the entertainment, law, retail, beauty and food sectors, sharing advice and life lessons for future leaders and changemakers of South Africa.

Facebook says that each chapter in the book focuses on an insightful and personal lesson hoping to resonate and inspire the future generations; from how to turn your passion into a business, to how a perceived weakness can be a strength.

The book, featuring bespoke commissioned artwork by three South African female artists – Karabo Poppy Moletsane, Nontokozo Tshabalala and Zinhle Sithebe, includes stories from women such as Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, Nomzamo Mbatha, Bonang Matheba, Mogau Seshoene (The Lazy Makoti), Professor Thuli Madonsela, Catherine Constantinides and many more.

Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa says, “Inspiring #Changemakers: Lessons from Life and Business has been created to not only hero the women making a positive impact in our society, but to inspire future leaders.

These women are making a difference in their communities, from starting social movements that change the world, through to businesses that positively impact their local communities. This Women’s Month, we continue to celebrate the achievements of all women, but also acknowledge the gender entrepreneurship gap and under-representation of women leaders. We hope the stories and life lessons inspire the next generation with possibilities that their futures hold.

The list of women features in the book are as follows:

  • Nomzamo Mbatha (actress and philanthropist)
  • Mogau Seshoene (chef and author)
  • Bonang Matheba (media personality and entrepreneur)
  • Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe (doctor and entrepreneur)
  • Rabia Ghoor (entrepreneur)
  • Siba Mtongana (chef and entrepreneur)
  • Professor Thuli Madonsela (advocate and academic)
  • Glenda Ramathavha (entrepreneur)
  • Catherine Constantinides (environmentalist and humanitarian)
  • Keitumetse Qhali (director, writer, producer)
  • Reabetswe Ngwane (entrepreneur)
  • Precious Thamaga-Mazibuko (entrepreneur and CEO)
  • Palesa Mokubung (fashion designer)

If you’d like to get your hands on the digital copy for free, check it out here (tap the arrow on the top left to download):