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Cape Town social entrepreneur Bushra Razack has won the Forty Under 40 Africa Category thanks to her brilliant work in community upliftment and as the leadership behind the smart township ‘Philippi Village’:


Cape Town, South Africa (04 April 2024)—Cape Town CEO and social entrepreneur Bushra Razack has officially been spotlighted as a continental leader in social enterprise, thanks to acknowledgement from the Forty Under 40 Africa Awards!

Held in Nairobi, the award ceremony payed homage to African leaders and influential people across industries, including social enterprise—a unique space where social upliftment and business walk hand-in-hand.

In even better news, Bushra was not merely recognised for her work but also went on to win the category of Best Leader in a Social Enterprise.

As the leadership behind Philippi Village (an integrated community development space for a diverse community of entrepreneurs and small business owners as well as a score of cultural and educational facilities), Bushra has played an important role in creating a catalyst of space for township communities on the Cape Flats to empower themselves.

Philippi Village—once an old cement factory—is now a place of refreshed hope. Here, skills can be nurtured and dreams can start to come true as each person (and a multitude of passions) that make up its life force prove how communities can thrive when they have access to the right spaces.

With smart classrooms, film studios, running and bike tracks, urban farm spaces, and even an amphitheatre, it has successfully been dubbed a ‘smart township’. Beyond being a collaborative, community workspace, Philippi Village is also on a mission to create employment opportunities and upskill local community members in the area.

For Bushra, this is a physical manifestation of the passion she’s had for humanitarian work and community outreach since she was a child (a passion which has also won the social entrepreneur the Power Woman of the Year in Innovation).

With years of work on development projects across the world under her belt, the award comes as a great encouragement to keep on keeping on. And hopefully, inspire models like Philippi Village to pop up across the continent.

Sources: Supplied; Philippi Village 
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Ashleigh's favourite stories have always seen the hidden hero (without the cape) come to the rescue. As a journalist, her labour of love is finding those everyday heroes and spotlighting their spark - especially those empowering women, social upliftment movers, sustainability shakers and creatives with hearts of gold. When she's not working on a story, she's dedicated to her canvas or appreciating Mother Nature.

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