Ford Motor Company of SA

Invitation – Ford Women with Drive Webinar - 28 Aug 20


Ford hosts #WomenWithDrive Webinar

PRETORIA, South Africa, 31 August 2020 – In culmination of Women’s Month, Ford will honour and celebrate the incredible and inspiring journeys of five South African female role models during the Ford Women’s Month Webinar.

Chosen across various sectors, these ladies have broken the glass ceilings, pushed the frontiers of women’s leadership and paved the way for other women and girls to follow in their footsteps.

Like our national flower the Protea, which symbolises diversity, courage and strength, they have all flourished and flowered amidst harsh and difficult conditions.

Join us and be inspired by their incredible stories.

Date:    Monday 31st August 2020

Time:    14h00- 15h00

Platform: Zoom

Meeting ID: 913 2847 7972

Meeting Link:


The Speakers:

GERDA STEYN is a South African marathon and ultramarathon athlete, who splits her training between South Africa and Dubai. She is well known for her Comrades win in 2019 when she shattered Elena Nurgalieva’s 2006 record. Her long-term goal is to participate in marathons all around the world. She began running in 2014, when she moved to Dubai and joined a running club. She thought running would be a nice complement to her day job as a quantity surveyor. 

MELINDA FERGUSON is an award-winning South African publisher, journalist and author of her bestselling memoirs Smacked, Hooked and Crashed. She has recently published three books on Lockdown, the latest called The Lockdown Collection. The book is about survival. It's about stockpiling, it's about finding the crack of light in the dark. Melinda is a natural story teller. She will share her most recent experiences during lockdown as well as her ability to overcome tremendous difficulties.

NDILEKA MANDELA is a Social activist, former ICU nurse, and the head of a rural upliftment organisation the Thembekile Mandela Foundation. In October 2017, as part of the #MeToo campaign to denounce sexual violence, Mandela disclosed for the first time that she had been raped by her then partner in her own bed, five years before. She later said she had been following in her grandfather Nelson Mandela's footsteps, who had disclosed the HIV status of a family member, in order to combat the stigma and call for concerted action against sexual violence. Her book I Am Ndileka tells the story of a woman who has made great strides in society, despite a labyrinth of highs and lows. 

MARCIA MAYABA was raised by a single mother, but forced to drop out of university in the midst of studying towards a Bachelor of Law Degree to enter the job market in order to support her two younger sisters. Mayaba’s involvement in the motor industry spans some 23 years and includes truck rental, car rental, leasing and fleet management and more recently, retail experience.  Mayaba was appointed as the first black female Dealer Principal in SA in 2011 – fast forward to July 2019, was appointed as the first black female Franchise Executive for Barloworld Ford and Mazda. – a first for the SA motor industry. She is passionate about the advancement of women in the motor industry and has positioned herself at the forefront of the change and transformation journey.  In July 2020, Marcia was appointed as the first female Vice Chairperson for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA).

Dr SINDI VAN ZYL Sidebar with Sindi on Kaya FM is an extension of the vibrant personality that is Dr Sindi Van Zyl. While Dr. Sindi is known for her work as a medical doctor, she shares and explores multiple facets of life with the overarching theme of family. Dr Sindi is also a renowned public speaker, with a passion to inspire and educate through the power of her diverse experiences.    



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