This Women’s Month, 5FM is celebrating South African women who keep achieving against all odds – women who fight for what they believe in, who don’t let obstacles hold them back, and who inspire us all to be better versions of ourselves.

One of those women is Polish-South African billionaire business entrepreneur, actuary, anti-corruption activist and author, Magda Wierzycka.

5 Breakfast’s Dan Corder speaks to Magda about how she and her family became refugees in the 1980s, the adversity she has had to overcome in a toxic male-dominated workplace, and what she believes South Africa needs to do to step in a better direction.

They spoke about:

  • How, amidst hugely challenging personal circumstances, she built her career from scratch and started turning start-up businesses into highly successful companies.
  • Her core business philosophy and her vision of challenging herself on the global stage – setting up a London-based business during a pandemic, right at the beginning of the global financial crisis.
  • How it was to start out in a male-dominated business world, and her observation that it’s easier to be a woman in business in SA than in London.
  • How, in the UK, assistants assume that she is her partner’s PA, purely because it’s seen as a female role.
  • Victimisation and bullying by other powerful people in companies where she’s worked before, how men who feel threatened sometimes “manage” women by getting personal and how, as a result of this, a 25-year-old Magda decided that she would never work for another man again, kicking off her entrepreneurial career.
  • What she thinks SA women need to hear in 2022 to empower them.

This Women’s Month, 5FM is celebrating South African women who keep achieving against all odds – women who fight for what they believe in, who don’t let obstacles hold them back, and who inspire us all to be better versions of ourselves.

Submitted by 5FM