She grew up in Limpopo, in a township called Namakgale, but her parents never let her forget that “home” was the village. It is why Dr Stella Bvuma, Head of the Department of Applied Information Systems at the University of Johannesburg, has an acute sense of the wider technological gap in rural areas – particularly for women.

Today, she runs the department where she studied technology but says her favourite job is being house mother at a women’s residence. But MaStella, as her students call her, says that it is not just rural woman who need to upskill and embrace digital transformation. So does every woman and every budding woman entrepreneur.

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