Being a Mom doesn’t mean travel and work have to take a back seat – as these four ladies are showing!
Broadcaster and Media Personality Elana and her Publicist husband Ian split their time between Cape Town and Pretoria on a weekly basis. Elana broadcasts her radio show live from the Jacaranda 94.2FM studios in Midrand every weekday and MC’s events all over SA, while Ian flits around the country promoting entertainment acts and events. In-between racking up air miles on one of the world’s busiest domestic flight routes, the duo run a busy household and keep their family thriving!
Zimbabwean swimming superstar Kirsty Coventry hung up her swimming cap shortly after the last Summer Olympics in London in 2012, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career that netted her 7 medals across 5 games, making her the most successful African Olympian in history.
Since then, she has assumed roles on the International Olympic Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency, International Surfing Federation, FINA, ANOCA Athlete’s Commission and Vice-President of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee. That keeps her criss-crossing the globe to attend meetings and events with husband Tyrone at her side – while, at home, the non-profit Kirsty Coventry Academy offers coaching and swimming lessons and HEROES empowers children through sport.
Her travel schedule is on hold for the moment though, as she’s on the verge of welcoming the couple’s first child.
Remember how tough being pregnant was? Don’t tell Serena, who won her 7th Australian Open title while pregnant with daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner took 14 months ‘off’ from the pro tennis circuit, and then picked up where she left off, claiming spots in back-to-back Grand Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018.
Speaking to Vogue about motherhood, she said: “To be honest, there’s something really attractive about the idea of moving to San Francisco and just being a mom. But not yet. Maybe this goes without saying, but it needs to be said in a powerful way: I absolutely want more Grand Slams. I’m well aware of the record books, unfortunately. It’s not a secret that I have my sights on 25.” Serena was referencing 25 Grand Slam victories, which would surpass Aussie legend Margaret Court’s tally of 24 and make her the undisputed greatest of all time.
More than just ‘Mrs Black Coffee’, Enhle Mbali has been a fixture on South African screens for over 14 years – despite only turning 30 last year. Her CV now reads something along the lines of Actor/Presenter/Artist/Entrepreneur/Designer/Wife/Mom – with ever-more slashes being added as she embraces the opportunities that hard work brings her way.
As she told aha Moments! Magazine, her sons Asante and Anesu are a major focus as she tries to give them the stability she never had, growing up, while maintaining her relationship with her equally hard-working husband. Despite their busy schedules, the couple spend plenty of time together – during SA summer season, they are together at least 6 days a week, but when her high-profile husband jets to Ibiza for residencies as some of the world’s biggest clubs, they see each other at least two weeks a month. “We never go long without seeing each other – not this girl, I’d make a plan. I’m crazy in love, so I make it happen…”
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