Women’s Day Celebration: Tokenism or Triumph? Dispelling the Myth that Women Don’t Reach the Top

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VENUE: Standard Bank
GBP 20.00

Join the Chamber for its annual celebration of South African Women’s Day. In South Africa, 9 August commemorates the 50,000-strong march of women in 1956 to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against discriminatory pass laws that restricted freedom of movement and privacy. To celebrate the significant strides that have been made in female empowerment since the end of apartheid, the Chamber is hosting an evening of conversation and dialogue with high-profile women from all sectors. 

Join former Chair of the SACC Mary Anne Anderson as she hosts a panel of distinguished women each forging new paths in their respective fields to celebrate South African Women’s Day.

Our panel’s discussion will be guided by the subject “Tokenism or Triumph? Dispelling the Myth that Women Don’t Reach the Top”.  

The event is open to ALL Chamber members in good standing, and we welcome the participation of a vibrant audience comprised of both men and women. Join us for an unforgettable evening with these trailblazing women!


Clockwise from top left: Justina Mutale, Debbie Thomas, Viola Ncube, Mary Anne Anderson

JUSTINA MUTALE is the multi-award winning Founder & CEO of Positive Runway: Global Catwalk to Stop the Spread, a worldwide HIV/AIDS response campaign with presence in over 150 countries, spanning 6 continents spread across the globe.  Positive Runway is registered on the United Nations Department for Social and Economic Affairs Civil Society Database, and is also a member of the ENOUGH FOOD FOR EVERYONE IF Campaign, a coalition of leading UK development organisations working to end world hunger.  In addition to being the African Woman of the Year 2012 and being featured in the BLACK 100+ Hall of Fame Justina has been honoured with the WAF-MDG Award in recognition of her efforts towards the actualization of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (Johannesburg South Africa).


DEBBIE THOMAS is Head, Africa Services Group, Deloitte UK. She has 18 years’ experience bringing African companies to London. Debbie was also a founding member of the mining group at Deloitte in the 1990s. Her team supports African multinationals through all stages of their transaction or business transformation, whether inbound or outbound to the UK. Debbie is also responsible for the UK firm’s relationships with the local Deloitte firms on the African continent, with which she works closely to deliver cross-border services. Debbie serves on the Boards of the Sub-Saharan African Taskforces of UKTI and TheCityUK, as well as the South African Chamber of Commerce.

VIOLA NCUBEis Vice President at Global Hospitality Services, a professional hotel sales and marketing company, launched to fulfil the growing need for personalised, innovative hotel sales support in the competitive global marketplace. She is responsible for overall global sales management for offices, teams and operations based in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. Viola has over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry in both the sub-Saharan African and European markets. She is fluent in five languages and holds an MBA from Oxford Brookes University.  Viola is also the Founder and CEO of iROCK! UK, an accredited social enterprise providing mentoring, training and access to employment programs for young people, especially but not exclusively to those of Afro-Caribbean origins. 

MARY ANNE ANDERSON is Global Head of Marketing and Business Development at Slaughter and May. Previously, she was Director of Business Development and Marketing for EMEA at Reed Smith LLP, and Global Head of Marketing and Business Development at Freshfields. Mary-Anne was awarded the African Career Woman of the year in 2013, was named as ‘One to Watch’ in Brummells magazines 40 under 40 listing and was also the founding Chairperson of the SA Chamber of Commerce. She is passionate about gender diversity in the workplace and her thought leadership articles on the subject have been published in the Telegraph newspaper and on Bloomberg TV.