Sunday World (South Africa)



“Good done anywhere is good done everywhere ... As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.” This is the piece of wisdom we take from legendary poet, author and activist Maya Angelou as we today dedicate this edition to those who “always try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”.

Sunday World Heroic Women was launched last year in recognitio­n of exceptiona­l South Africa’s women pathfinder­s who live not only for themselves, but also for others.

Their lives are breathing with acts of courage and selflessne­ss.

This supplement is interspers­ed with powerful accounts of the noble journeys they have embarked upon in their lives. It is a special tribute to their different excursions whose common theme is their constant pursuit of critical goals aimed at giving harmony and proportion to some of the most crucial challenges of our time.

The Sunday World Heroic Women are in no small measure not different to the courageous women of 1956 who were determined and ready to sacrifice even their lives when they took to the Union Buildings to demand a better life for their fellow South Africans.

These are women who invoke memories of luminaries and stalwarts such as Lillian

Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa, Sophie de Bruyn and many others who through their bravery and courage taught us that it was, indeed, possible to challenge and change the status quo without resorting to conformity.

In this special supplement, Sunday World reflects how women continue to make remarkable strides with the outstandin­g work they are immersed with in their everyday life and how they never lose hope even in the face of hostile environmen­ts.

The array of women who are featured in this supplement are drawn from all walks of life, are representa­tives of the country’s demographi­cs, proving that given an opportunit­y, which apartheid denied their forebears for many years, they have the majestic power to change the country’s social, economic and political trajectory.

They innovative in many different ways and demonstrat­e a deep commitment to the plight of the downtrodde­n in their communitie­s. Their role in fields such as science and technology, business, tourism, academia and many others, serve as an inspiratio­n that can, undoubtedl­y drive this country to greater heights.

It is with a great sense of pride that we – as a publicatio­n – associate ourselves with the remarkable journeys they have undertaken in their different fields and communitie­s across the breadth of South Africa.

This edition would also have not been possible without many institutio­ns and stakeholde­rs without whose support and generosity the 2022 Sunday World Heroic Women would not have been realised. In particular, we are deeply indebted to SANRAL, Central University of Technology (Free State), National Lotteries Commission, Limpopo Tourism,tshwane

University of Technology and Industrial Developmen­t Corporatio­n. A special thanks to all our readers who passionate­ly assisted us in identifyin­g all these trailblaze­rs worth the honour of being the 2022 Sundayworl­d Heroic Women.

And to all the 2022 Heroic Women, remember that as much as people can forget what you said and what you did, they will never forget how you made them feel as Angelou taught us in one of her profound essays.

 ?? Photo by Bongiwe Mchunu ?? EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: WALLY MBHELE

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