Centurion resident Elisja van Niekerk has made the annual Woman of Stature award (WSA) finals.

WSA honours innovative, prominent and ambitious women in South Africa in 12 categories.

Together with Nelisa Ngqulana, Van Niekerk started Coding Mamas, a safe coding school to which mothers can take their kids along.


Van Niekerk was nominated in the technology category.

“Coding Mamas teaches basic technical skills, coding, web design, app development and website building. It empowers mums with information about new trends via weekend face-to-face or virtual workshops. We offer a safe environment where like-minded moms can meet up and share knowledge and ideas,” Van Niekerk said.

“We had a dream to empower moms with the necessary skills to partake in this digital economy. By doing this, we will close the skills gap in South Africa and inspire kids to follow in mum’s footsteps.”

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Coding Mamas was founded in 2018 after the two women met at the #ignitehack, a hackathon both adjudicated.

“I was planning a startup that would teach kids basic coding. Nelisa was doing the same, but for mums. We then decided it was a good idea to work together and co-founded Coding Mamas.”

The sixth annual WSA will take place on 8 March at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, where 101 women from all walks of life will contest the title.

Launched in April 2013, WSA aims to inspire and empower women.

This is the first year the awards will be hosted by the newly-formed Woman of Stature Foundation.

Proceeds from the awards will go to the foundation.

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