Every year in South Africa, we set aside the month of August to recognise ‘girl power’ and celebrate South African women’s achievements, great and small. Of course, all South African women do their bit every day to keep the home fires burning, raise children and help support their families and we salute these everyday ladies too.

However, there will always be those who stand out from the pack. Let’s take a look at some of Cape Town’s leading ladies:

Through the centuries, Cape Town women have been at the forefront of the country’s political struggles. You can find out more about some of these warrior women at a host of museums in Cape Town during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.
Some of the ones that stand out are:

·      Cissie Gool– “The Jewel of District Six” and first woman of colour to serve in local government in 1938.

·      Antjie Krog– Political author, poet, and winner of the Pringle Journalism award in 1993.

·      Olive Schreiner– Author of The Story of an African Farm.

·      Irma Stern– creator of South Africa’s most valuable artworks.

·      Margaret Ann Bulkley– disguised as a man until her death, she graduated from medical school in just 2 years, and performed the world’s first emergency caesarean in Cape Town.

·      Irene Grootboom– housing rights activist.

The list goes on and on, but Cape Town women haven’t stopped leading the fight yet. Here are two women who are still fighting the good fight.

Patricia De Lille

Let’s get the serious stuff out of the way first. At this present moment, the South African cabinet has equal gender representations in cabinet, joining only 11 other countries worldwide that can make the same claim. Most notable of these ministers is, Patricia De Lille, once the mayor of Cape Town. Just months before the 2019 elections, Patricia formed her own political party called GOOD and managed to secure over 70 000 votes – not bad for her first time out.

Thuli Madonsela

Another political force to be reckoned with, Thuli Madonsela may have been born in Johannesburg, but she’s Stellenbosch educated, receiving her law degree from this university in 1987. Thuli Madonsela has served in several positions in the South African government and has been internationally praised for her efficiency and professionalism. This year she was awarded an honorary doctorate from NWU for her role in promoting democracy in South Africa.

Wine, South African Women and Song

Now for some fun! As the bastion of fine food and good taste in South Africa, it’s not surprising that many creatively talented women are to be found all over the Mother City.

You can taste their fine wines, eat at restaurants where they’re behind the wheel and listen to their beats at festivals and live shows wherever you go. These are the ladies to look out for during your stay in Cape Town self-catering accommodation.


  • Ntsiki Biyela – Asika Wines
  • June Carmen Stevens & Pia Watermeyer – Kunjane Wines
  • Natasha Williams – Bosman Wines



  • Jess van Dyk – La Colombe
  • Marianne Visser – The Creamery Ice Cream Co.
  • Kerry Kilpin – Bistro Sixteen82



  • Thesis ZA – Jazz artists - Ayanda Charlie and Ondela Simakuhle 
  • Good Luck – electro-swing band headed by Juliet Harding
  • Dee Koala– hip hop artist


There’s no shortage of new and established talent in the Mother City, book your Cape Town self-catering accommodationnow and you could be the first to experience ‘’the next big thing’’ among South African women.


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