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Gerry Rantseli started her working career within the liberation struggle as a teenager on the Cape Flats. She later followed the move of one of her mentors, Cheryl Carolus to Johannesburg to work for the African National Congress at National level. She first worked in the Department of International Affairs as a secretary in the office of Thabo Mbeki who was then the Head of International Affairs and now our second democratically elected President, and finally the Department of Local Government and Housing learning from men such as Thozamile Botha and Slovo. She also uses her public profile as a celebrity to get involved in as many social projects as possible. She has assisted as an Aids Ambassador for the Presidents Office and frequently helps the organizations like Reach For A Dream and the Orlando Children's Home to make the dreams of terminally ill children come true. Recently on the invitation of the Minister of Health, Dr Manto Tshabalala Msimang, Gerry assisted in highlighting the plight of those struggling with TB, HIV and Aids, and is set to do more publicity work for the health ministry. In 2001 she was appointed Head of Television and Broadcasting for Allenby Campus, a niche college with campuses country wide. The television, radio and drama course included music, movement/dance, the basics of entertainment law, agency management and film analysis and attracts student who are interest in working in television and theatre. Gerry teaches the television component of the course at 5 campuses across the country. In April 2002 she was master of ceremonies at the International Vaccination Conference held in Cape Town and endorsed and attended by Former SA president Nelson Mandela and Chancellor of the University of Cape Town Mrs. Graca Machel Mandela. Gerry is determined to inspire an interest in the arts amongst young people and to encourage creativity as a means of expressions while also instilling a culture of leaning and teaching business skills to equip young performers and artists for the future. In 2002 Soulmate Productions headed by Gerry and her husband musician, producer and businessman Alex Rantseli got together with publishing house Carpe Diem Media to create an inspirational publication called Soul Magazine of which Gerry is currently on sabbatical as an Editor. Soul Magazine aims to begin a journey towards inner freedom and intellectual and emotional stimulation and self-love amongst women by nurturing and healing both the physical body and the spirit. In 2004 Soulmate Productions launched its personal development division aimed at creating a networking and training environment in which women can grow and develop their skills but also to develop the leaders of tomorrow. Gerry currently holds active directorships in Hlobisile Transport Management a young trucking company carving a niche for itself and is Director: Marketing for Centurion Academie, a Pretoria based Tertiary Institution while also upholding her public image as the face of LUX in Southern Africa. In August 2005, she was appointed the Patron of Othandweni Children's Home. 'Our vision is to showcase inspirational women from our social and business communities from whom women in our society may draw inspiration and create an environment of mentorship and encouragement' ' Gerry Rantseli

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