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Hot on the heels of the celebrated ‘Naked’ issue of Marie Claire magazine, the August issue of the popular women’s title, on sale now, promises to be one of the most insightful and celebrated issues ever published. The ‘Power’ themed issue not only features lawyer, model and activist, Thando Hopa, boldly on the cover, but also identifies twelve of South Africa’s Future Shapers, brought to you by Audi, who share how they are changing SA for a better future.

“It’s important for us as the Marie Claire brand to recognise and honour South African women who are doing incredible things. The Power issue offered the perfect platform for us to launch our Future Shapers project, which is a property pioneered by Marie Claire global, and one we plan to continue annually,” says Lynette Botha, features editor of the leading women’s magazine.

Amongst the twelve phenomenal women proudly presented as a Future Shaper in Marie Claire magazine, Dr Sindiwe Magona (award-winning writer and mentor, who previously worked at the United Nations), opens up about being a single unemployed mother of three at the tender age of 23, and how for four years she was a domestic worker. Magona says she knew she had to find a way out of poverty, and movingly tells the story of how she forged ahead to be where she is today.

Another incredible women celebrated is South African astronaut candidate finalist for the Mars One Project, Dr Adriana Marais (a theoretical physicist and Head of Innovation at SAP Africa), who strongly believes that finding evidence of life on Mars would be one of the most profound contributions to science. She explains: “It would be a giant leap forward in terms of understanding who we are and where we come from. I’m prepared to sacrifice my joys, sorrows and day-to-day life on earth for this adventure, achievement, that would not be my own, but that of all humanity.”The ten other Future Shapers, brought to you by Audi, include actress, presenter and anti-bullying spokesperson, Nicole Bessick; Africa’s youngest Neurosurgeon, Ncumisa Lihle Jilata; Founder of Rekindle Learning, Rapelang Rabana; Director of Umgibe Farming Organics and Training Institute, Nonhlanhla Joye; Founder of EMPIRE advertising agency, Lusanda Worsley; Founder of DreamGirls South Africa, Ezlyn Barends; theatre practitioner and poet, Koleka Putuma; creative writer and film-maker, Jessie Zinn; film-maker, activist and community-development worker, Sinazo Peter, and of course Marie Claire’s cover star, Thando Hopa, who all reveal why they feature on this prestigious list. 

Adding to the issue that celebrates powerful women, Magda Wierzycka, CEO of Sygnia, and the wealthiest woman in South Africa, reveals what it takes to be at the top of your game, acting as guest editor of Marie Claire’s career section.

Features editor Botha concludes: “We’re incredibly proud of the August issue, and we know that it has the power to impact the lives of our readers for the better. That’s always our aim and it’s what sets us apart on the newsstands.”

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