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Women on the Move: Meet Marelize Beukes

The world is run by WOMEN. Strong, brave, courageous, witty, kick-ass women. The City of Roses boasts some of the toughest, most compassionate and most inspiring female leaders you’ll ever come across. This month, Get It celebrates these leaders and their superpowers. Because, let’s face it, we’re not just businesswomen. We are mothers, daughters, caretakers, wives, cooks, cleaners, teachers and motivators. We are invested in our communities, and care for those who need a mother’s love. We look at the future while tending to the present with grace and attention to detail. We do it all, with added vava-VOOM for those extra curve balls life throws at us.

In this year’s Get It Women on the Move feature, Vodacom is at the forefront, celebrating this team of strong women with us. Visit www.vodacom.co.za for details on all it has on offer.

Meet Marelize Beukes

Marelize Beukes is the Executive Head of Department for Commercial business unit for Vodacom Central Region. Marelize is a mother of a beautiful, adventurous daughter,
a wife, and businesswoman who believes in a balanced lifestyle.

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“My passion and drive for life is definitely something we as a family strive towards daily. I have been lucky enough to complete the Two Oceans marathon, climb Mount Aux Source and experience many other trail adventures with my husband, who is my best friend and biggest motivator.””

Put plainly, people are Marelize’s passion as she is a people person. “Seeing how people develop and grow within their roles and careers, as well as helping them to perform to their full potential, makes me happy. I also really love the fast pace and ever changing environment of the telecom industry – no two days are ever the same.”

She will be tackling a major adventure challenge in aid of a good cause along with her colleague, Mamello Selamolela. Trek4Mandela is an annual expedition to summit Africa’s
highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in celebration of the vision of Nelson Mandela.

She talks about her passion for charity and the organisation she is supporting: “My passion to support the Caring4Girls project started many years ago and I am involved in various regional campaigns to drive this initiative. Climbing and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro has always been on my bucket list, and now being able to do so, thanks to Vodacom, the dream has become a reality and an even bigger honour to be able to climb alongside Thuli Madonsela!”

Nervous and super excited, she is looking forward to an experience of a lifetime, all in the name of making a difference. Trek4Mandela will help create awareness and assist in raising funds to keep so many young girls in school.

“As Toto’ song, Africa, said: ‘I know that I must do what’s right, as sure as Kilimanjaro rises
like Olympus above the Serengetti.’”

To support this initiative, SMS Marelize to 42513 to pledge R30 to keep a girl in school.
www.vodacom.co.za

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