Tonight with Lester Podcast

Beautiful News's top 3 women


Guest :  Zahraa Hendricks Zahraa Hendricks had a game to win. To her, scoring tries was the challenge, not wearing a headscarf. The young hijabi didn’t expect to make headlines in her first rugby match. But when Hendricks ran onto the field, pictures of her were taken and posted to social media. Instantly, they went viral. Hendricks’ amendments to her kit had caught onlookers off-guard. For protection and as a symbol of modesty, Muslim women veil their hair. Because of it, they’re often doubly painted with the stigma of being oppressed. Hendricks’ decision to play rugby tackles more than one misconception. “A lot of Muslim girls may feel that there isn’t a place for them in contact sport,” she says. Hendricks proves otherwise. The kit isn’t as covered as she requires, so she’s adapted the gear to suit her needs. “The topic of hijab is constantly under scrutiny,” she says. But in Hendricks’ team, the headscarf is seen as part of her identity – just as it is to her. Bolekwa Salusalu Bolekwa Salusalu has no hands, but she sews every single day. The 62-year-old is a designer and creator of immaculately stitched wedding dresses, traditional outfits, and school uniforms. Draped around her modest studio are a range of colourful garments, each pattern more interesting than the next. Her friend Luluma Mnyute is perpetually bowled over by Salusalu’s talent. Salusalu works tirelessly to provide for her family from her home in the Eastern Cape, but she does it with style. As a little girl, Salusalu watched her grandmother make her own clothing. She eagerly soaked up lessons in sewing at school, but her family’s limited finances forced her to drop out in Grade 8. In spite of this, the young seamstress pursued her passion and soon blossomed into a talented designer. After working as a tailor for 28 years, she began experiencing pain in her arm. Upon examination, doctors found that she had developed gangrene. That year, Salusalu had both her right hand and her leg amputated, but she kept on sewing. And even when she lost her left hand, she never gave up. Despite the barriers she faces, Salusalu has come up with innovative ways to keep living life on her own terms. Crickets chirp outside her window, and the whirr of the sewing machine fills her room. Though surrounded by noise, Salusalu’s demeanor is always calm. Not one to be deterred from passion, Salusalu has made a point of proving the ease in simply doing what needs to be done. Beyond dressing her community in the finest fashions, she offers something far more profound to South Africa: inspiration. In just being herself, Salusalu demonstrates how we can do anything we put our minds to, no matter the limitations. “With my stompie,” she says, “I’m going to show you.” Faith Mamba Music was the first sign of Faith Mamba’s bright future. She didn’t know much about melodies – except that they provided her with the warmth she yearned for. After Mamba’s mother passed on, her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. Foreseeing the impending outcome, the matriarch placed the young girl in an orphanage. When her grandmother died, Mamba was left to face life on her own. Social workers and caregivers reached out by offering Mamba a host of recreational activities. In sonorous sounds, she discovered profound comfort. It was while attending a student concert at the Durban Music School that Mamba noticed the saxophone. Her newfound interest drove her to enrol at the institution. There, the shiny gold instrument fast became her favourite and enabled Mamba to channel her emotions. Mamba’s dedication has turned her life into a symphony. Today, the university student has reached Grade 6 in Classical Music and remains loyal to the family that supported her.

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