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The Top Women Podcasts keep you on top of the latest conversations

Written by Editor

June 7, 2022

There are two reasons podcasts are so popular. Firstly, they’re easy to consume. You can listen to a podcast just about anywhere. Whether it be in your car on your way to work, or on your phone in public transport;  all you need are a device and internet connectivity.

The second reason is that podcasts offer a different way to share and consume information. This cuts both ways: podcast producers don’t need much complicated infrastructure to put them together and listeners can gain valuable insights while going about their day. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a podcast about it. Whether it be the challenges women face in business, or secrets to success from thriving entrepreneurs, the rise of podcasts has created a new pool of knowledge for audiences to draw from.

The Top Women Business Unusual podcasts began in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic triggered lockdowns in South Africa. Since then, many wonderful conversations have been had. 

The podcasts reach a diverse audience and are shared with subscribers in Topco’s weekly newsletters. The conversations have featured thought leaders with years of experience creating solutions to challenges they’ve faced in their sectors. Guests have shared how they went about solving problems and discussed ideas in conversations that are as informative as they are natural. 

Here we highlight some of our Top Women podcasts and share a few takeaways from each.


In this Standard Bank Top Women podcast, we sat down with Leanne to discuss a host of topics, from the importance of having a safe space to what keeps her grounded in South Africa. Leanne shares some of the vital lessons she’s learned throughout her career and dives into what it really means to make a change.

Key takeaways


We can’t save people, but we can give them a voice


If your heart’s in it, you can succeed


Forget external validation – look within


Standard Bank Top Women sat down with Rolene Strauss for a motivational discussion surrounding women rediscovering self-confidence, changing the narrative, and how women in South Africa can equip themselves to successfully climb the ladder towards positive leadership. Rolene provides key insight into maintaining a work/life balance, getting the most out of your personal growth journey, and overcoming stereotypes and domestic gaps.

Key takeaways


Find your purpose and decide to work towards a specific direction that you choose for yourself


The biggest hurdle women face in life, in terms of leadership and career development, is based on an internal factor: self-confidence. Good leaders need a healthy level of self-confidence to succeed


One needs to surround oneself with people who are supportive of your growth, purpose and passions. Your circle of friends and family should be an uplifting support system


In this Standard Bank Top Women podcast, Fiona Wakelin, Group Editor at Topco Media, engaged in conversation with Thabile Makgala, Executive: Eastern Limb at Implats, and Lee-Ann Samuel, Implats Group Executive: People. Both women weighed in on the transformational change taking place within Implats, and the larger mining sector in South Africa. Key themes addressed were organisational development, the role of women in mining, and important leadership statistics.

Key takeaways


It is suggested that a better ‘Women in Mining Proposition’ be drawn up and implemented to attract more women to the sector. We must work closely with universities and colleges to show the importance of the sector and why a career in mining is a great, viable choice.


Gender Mainstreaming is what has proven to assist both men and women employees in the workspace. Change and empowerment starts at the top and trickles down as a result of quality leadership.


It is essential that we preserve and protect our women in mining so that they have some sort of stability in society. Women are the backbone of the South African economy. We, therefore, must ensure that they are economically empower


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