The Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute (CMMI) in partnership with the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) is hosting the 4th  Annual Bring Her Up : Women Of Firsts Awards brunch ceremony, which is taking place on Friday, 27 August at 10h00 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Gauteng. A moment to honour women in various spheres who have demonstrated sheer determination, leadership and creativity in their work and contribution towards our society.

Artscape CEO, Marlene Le Roux is one of the prestigious recipients as the first woman of colour to take the helm at Cape Town’s biggest theatre. The award will recognise her as a tireless advocate for the rights of persons with disability and the youth and equally honour  her lifelong journey in the arts and education leading the Artscape Theatre as one of the most formidable institutions in the work of arts and culture in the coutry.

The South African government has declared 2021 as the Year of Charlotte Maxeke and our theme is #BringOthersUp.  This initiative is hugely influenced and echoing Mme Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke words, when she said, “this work is not for yourselves, kill that spirit of self and do not live above your people but live with them and if you can rise, bring someone with you” 

Le Roux will share the The Bring Her Up awards stage with an array of incredible women in our country from Leadership, Agriculture, Business, Social Impact, Community Building, Sport and more.


The women receiving their recognition on the day have played their part in innovative solutions to move us forward towards a progressive democracy;  women who are trailblazers in various industries from Dr. Judy Dlamini Vice Chancellor of Wits University recognised for establishing the Female Academic Leaders Fellowship (FALF) fund. Also in the room will be MEC of Health in Limpopo Dr. Phophi Ramathuba for her Leadership in the Covid-19 Response and vaccination drive by the province.

Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will accept her award from New York as this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient; awarded for her steadfast and progressive advocacy for women and calling for #GenerationEquality during your tenure as the Executive Director of UN Women.

The Chairperson of the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute Mr. Thulasizwe Makhanya states that “women have always been at the forefront, leading the fight for the emancipation of our country and continent in all our movements and it is time for history to restore their legacies to its rightful place”.

BHU is a family and community engagement initiative that encourages influential women in our societies to rise with a girl child under their wings and to Bring-Her-Up. In addition, CMMI in partnership with relevant government departments, institutions and individuals will identify, profile and monitor young exceptional girls from different parts of our country, in particular those from deep rural areas, with the aim of supporting them to reach their full potential. We will then call upon selected women (public and private sphere, academics, politicians, post graduates etc.) to heed the call of rising with someone through the provision of mentoring, role modelling, parenting, guiding, motivating, and to promote responsible decision making. We believe that BHU can help to address the scourge of hopelessness, low self-esteem, teenage pregnancy, blesser/blessee relationships, abuse and bullying of women, drug and alcohol abuse that often stops our children from achieving their potential.

Bring Her Up Brunch Ceremony Awards

Friday 27 August 2021

Radisson Blue Hotel

Rivonia and Daisy Street


All COVID-19 Protocols Observed.

The Media is welcomed to attend the event; please rsvp your attendance to help us ensure all COVID-19 protocols are attended to. The ceremony is also available via live streaming on the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Youtbue and Facebook Pages.

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 Media enquiries for Artscape :  Candice Jansen at or 076 958 9593

Issued on behalf of Artscape:

Senior Manager: Communications and Brand Management

Simone Heradien

073 207 1558

Media Enquiries for the Award Ceremony


Ntosh Ntlokwana

+27 73 632 8969


Nonhlanhla Msomi

+62 549 5050


CHARLOTTE MANNYA-MAXEKE (7 April 1871 – 16 October 1939)

  • A woman of many firsts and broke through incredible barriers at a time where women were expected to know “their place” in society.
  • She was the fist black woman in South Africa to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in 1901 from Wilberforce University Ohio USA.
  • She was the only woman in the room in 1912 when the South African Native National Congress (now known as the ANC) was founded in Bloemfontein.
  • In 1918 she was the initiator and the first President of Bantu Women’s League. Her pride and achievements did not only lie in being a woman of many firsts, but in ensuring that more women had a seat at the table and were part of the solution driven ideas that our society so desperately needed.

Our Initiatives are echoed by her words “If you can rise, bring someone with you”. Born in Fort Beaufort Eastern Cape to her mother Anna Manci and father John Kgope Mannya of the Batlokwa clan of Limpopo