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In honour of International Women's Day on 8 March, we bring you stories of three of the world's most inspiring businesswomen and explain how Vodacom's Insurance solutions can assist you on your path to success.
These three tenacious businesswomen have faced hard times in their lives and careers, but because they've been prepared for success, they've all landed on their feet.
The corporate activist: Sheryl Sandberg
As COO of Facebook, co-founder of Leanin.org and the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, she is a women's rights activist. She's been ranked one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business by Fortune magazine year after year, and was the first female member of Facebook's Board of Directors.
In 2015, Sandberg's husband Dave Goldberg died of a head trauma after falling off a treadmill while they were on holiday. Speaking after the event, she emphasised the importance of the support of her family, friends and colleagues in coping with the loss. As she said: 'You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.'
And survive she has, continuing her work on women's rights and taking great leaps forward in her career.
Vodacom Life Cover provides financial compensation. With premiums as low as R125 per month, it’s affordable for anyone. It gives you peace of mind that all of your debts will be covered and your family will be provided for.
It’s easy to apply, and you don’t have to be a Vodacom customer to make use of the service. Any South African citizen between the ages of 18 and 65 can take out life insurance. There are no medical exams - only a quick blood test that can be done when it’s convenient for you.
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The inspirational humanitarian: Ertharin Cousin
The Executive Director of the World Food Programme for the United Nations spends every day working to eliminate hunger in her lifetime. She is responsible for providing food to 100 million people around the world every year. She was raised in a lower-income neighbourhood in Chicago, and, as someone who grew up knowing how important it is to be able to put food on the table, is committed to turning countries who now need food aid into donor countries somewhere down the line.
She has been outspoken about hunger at home in the United States as well: 'The face of hunger doesn't have a particular colour, and it doesn't come from a particular neighbourhood. They are your neighbours, they are working Americans, they are senior citizens who have worked their entire lives, and they are children.'
If you were disabled, paralysed or had to have a limb amputated, you might not be able to continue to provide for your family. That's why you need Vodacom Disability Cover. If this happens to you, your family can have peace of mind that they'll be taken care of. You'll be paid out a tax-free lump sum to keep providing for your family. And you'll even get 20% of your premiums back every five years if you haven't claimed, and your premiums are up to date!
The homegrown mogul: Khanyi Dhlomo
Our very own Khanyi is the MD and founder of Ndalo Media, which now publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines. She is one of the most revered media moguls in South Africa and in 2011 was included on Forbes' list of 20 Young Power Women in Africa. Before she became a media mogul, she was the editor of True Love magazine. She knows what it is to fail, and how to turn failures into success:
One of her most well-known quotes is: 'Failure is an opportunity to learn and to do better next time. It’s part of the path to greatness, which was never meant to be smooth.'
Like Khanyi, you should always be prepared to take bumps in the road in your stride. For example, imagine you were struck with an illness that meant you couldn't work. How would you support your family?
Salary Protection from Vodacom Insurance secures at least 90% of your take-home pay, so that you can keep paying the bills and keep providing for your family when you're not able to work because of a serious illness or an accident. Plus, you get 20% of your payments back every five years if you haven't claimed, and if your payments are all up to date!