Margaret Hirsch - A woman extraordinaire
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Margaret Hirsch - A woman extraordinaire


Margaret Hirsch, chief operations executive of Hirsch's, has become a leading example to businesswomen in southern Africa. Although from a humble background, she has participated in co-founding and running the multi million-rand appliance and electronic retail organisation.

Margaret has helped to publicise the plight of young girls throughout South Africa who do not attend school in the months they are menstruating, with the Girls with Dignity Project.

She also works closely with other women's groups including the Lionesses of Africa, which empowers 850 000 women entrepreneurs across the continent. "It's an honour to help these women to grow their businesses from start-up to sustainable business venture. There's a growing number of women helping women, which this organisation embodies - 'our motto is empowered women empower women'.

Margaret said that she was thrilled, yet humbled to have received the recognition. Over the years she has won over 38 business awards and awards for her philanthropic endeavours. These include two lifetime achievement awards in business and entrepreneurship to acknowledge her contribution to the business world in South Africa.

"The women in South Africa have so much potential. It is wonderful to share this podium with women who have gone the extra mile and shown massive strength and courage to get to where they are today."

Margaret Hirsch - A woman extraordinaire

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