Hers is the story of how a young girl from humble beginnings rose up to become one of the most influential and inspirational women in South Africa.
Judy Dlamini is a qualified medical doctor, author, philanthropist and accomplished businesswoman with an MBA and PhD to her name.
She joined Bongani Bingwa on the Breakfast Show to talk about how stories like hers can be replicated.
One of the things that I learned from a very young age is that nothing is impossible if you put your head down and work hard, and refuse to be told what you can be and what you can't be.— Dr Judy Dlamini, businesswoman and philanthropist
Dr Dlamini credits much of her success to her parents who she describes as 'very hardworking'.
I was born into this family where the only options were hard work, prayer and giving it your best at all times.— Dr Judy Dlamini, businesswoman and philanthropist
She says, in her experience, men and women are still treated differently, but encourages women not to allow themselves to be undermined.
You don't have to try to emulate men for you to be heard.— Dr Judy Dlamini, businesswoman and philanthropist
Addressing the current trend of so-called 'Slay Queens' and the blesser/blessee phenomenon, Dr Dlamini urged young women not to sell themselves short.
We are better than this as black girls.— Dr Judy Dlamini, businesswoman and philanthropist