Throughout history, women have been a silent force behind creating safer spaces that drive the world forward.
And we want you to know their names. Check out their stories and how you can support their local start-ups below.


In 2020, Nakita and Chloe launched Safe Space, a female-run startup that maps Gender Based Violence hotspots. Through Safe Space, people can report the general safety of an area and GBV incidents. These reports are fed onto a live map where they can be accessed by the public, empowering them with knowledge on the safety of an area. In the spirit of Women’s Month, Dunlop has donated R10 000 to this innovative cause. You can show your support by clicking on the button below to use this powerful tool, buy Safe Space merchandise or make a donation.

Nakita Naee’lah Dellwaria and Chloe Homer


In 2019, Palesa Mashinini started Secanity, a company dedicated to creating safe spaces in South Africa through the sale of their Woke keychain alarm. When activated, this alarm produces a 140-decibel alert which radiates up to 200 meters, allowing women to draw attention to themselves in emergency situations. To show our support, Dunlop has donated R10 000 to this innovative cause. You can play your part by clicking on the button below to purchase a Woke keychain alarm for yourself or your loved ones.

Palesa Mashinini


In 2018, Joanie Fredericks started an all-female driving school to protect women against unwanted advances by their instructors, ensuring they go on to become independent members of society. In 2021, Joanie started Ladies Own Transport in the Cape Flats, a taxi service dedicated to providing safe transport to women. Taxi drivers are all female, trained in self-defence and fetch passengers from safe locations. This Women’s Month, Dunlop has donated tyres for three of LOT’s company vehicles so that they can continue empowering women. You can show your support by clicking on the button below to donate to this incredible cause.

Joanie Fredericks


In 2016, Palesa Moloi started ParkUpp, a company that believes in creating safer spaces for everyone. ParkUpp is a digital platform that enables drivers to find and rent safe parking spaces while empowering the owners of these parking bays to earn an extra income by renting them out. This Women’s Month we’ve donated R10 000 to show our support of this women-led startup. You can play your part by clicking on the button below to book or list your own ParkUpp spot.

Palesa Moloi


Dunlop is full of powerful women breaking the status quo in a male dominated industry, making an essential impact on how we operate, our success and what we stand for. Meet them below!

Meet Anca Priscu Group Director: Production Originally from Romania, Anca joined Sumitomo Rubber (Dunlop’s parent company) in 2021 as a New Group Director: Production. Her role involves designing and implementing strategies for the Ladysmith Plant to maximise shareholder value for the group. Anca is driven by the challenge to continuously improve in order to remain relevant in the automotive industry. read more

Meet Petra Els Dunlop Zone Owner Petra’s desire to be a strong competitor in a male dominated industry is what drove her to become a Dunlop Zone owner. Her peer’s initial response to her plans was largely negative, but she didn’t let that stop her and today she owns three tyre dealerships in Kimberley. Petra finds working in the industry very interesting, often being underestimated until it comes down to talking read more

Meet Lorette Grobbelaar Dunlop Zone Branch Manager After working in the tyre industry for many years, Lorette partnered with the Dunlop Development Programme to become a Branch Manager in Mossel Bay. From the beginning, she was underestimated in the industry and decided to take a stand. From educating herself on product knowledge to joining in on client visits, Lorette was committed to understanding every read more

Meet Joanne de Freitas PR & Events Manager Joanne’s been with Sumitomo Rubber (Dunlop’s parent company) for the past 16 years – she calls it the best decision she’s ever made. Her first role involved working for the Exports, Marketing and Commercial Directors. She then entered the Marketing department, going from Associate Manager for Channel Development to Channel read more

Meet Shahnaaz Moola Director: Khans Fitment Group Shahnaaz has worked in the automotive industry for 25 years. At 14, she began working at her late dad’s tyre fitment store and by the age of 15 left school to work full time, spending years learning about the industry. Fast forward to 2003, Shahnaaz and her husband started a fitment centre in Kroonstad, without much capital or equipment. read more

Meet Katlego Khambane Dunlop Business in a Box Dealer Coming from a business ownership background, Katlego fell in love with the Dunlop Business in a Box concept and the rest was history. Today her success has changed the minds of many of people who were previously sceptical of how she’d survive in a male dominated industry. Katlego believes that women should feel safe at all times and as a result read more

Meet Seama Govender Group Director of Corporate Services Seama grew up in an empowering, women-dominated home. “We did everything from housework to changing car oil filters to painting our own house,” she recalls. She started out at Sumitomo Rubber (Dunlop’s parent company), as Group Manager in 2013 and worked her way up to Company Secretary in 2015. read more

Meet Mandisa Mbuyazi Lab and Supplier Quality Mandisa has worked as an engineer at Sumitomo Rubber (Dunlop’s parent company) for more than 11 years. She started as an Inservice Trainee lab technician and was later promoted to Lab Supervisor. In her current role as the Laboratory Associate Manager, she’s responsible for the lab budget, testing read more

Meet Yolandi van Wyk HR and Employee Relations Yolandi joined Sumitomo Rubber (Dunlop’s parent company) recently in 2021. Her HR and Employee relations Divisional Head role involves defining strategy from a human capital perspective, managing relations with unions and employees, as well as focusing on culture and organisational development. Yolandi is passionate about helping businesses increase their read more

Meet Nontobeko Kubheka Group Manager: Credit Control Nontobeko has been a part of the Sumitomo family (Dunlop’s parent company) for just over three years. She leads the team that takes care of important domestic and international customers, ensuring their accounts are well managed and giving them access to credit solutions that empower them to grow their read more

Meet Shalane Moodley Manager: Demand Planning & Fulfillment Shalane is a Manager at Sumitomo (Dunlop’s parent company) and is described by many as a go-getter. In the 14 years she’s been a part of the company she’s risen from one position to the next, moving from warehousing and logistics to purchasing and sales analysis. In her current role read more

Meet Letta Gumbi Infield Technical Services Letta is a qualified Chemical Engineer and has been with Sumitomo (Dunlop’s parent company) for the past three years. Her role involves conducting track testing to evaluate tyre performance, supporting customers with tyre placements and conducting controlled wear testing to determine mileage warranties. Letta is currently the only woman read more