Based: Durban

Ben Vos is Beauty and the BEE. In this one – (wo) man piece we join Beauty in her boudoir shortly after her triumph as South Africa Business woman of the year.

Her proudly South African, Bee-registered fabric and fashion company Yebo fabrics has jus secured the largest fabric contract in South African history – the conception for the opening ceremony of the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

With tata-ma-chance struggle credentials (her drug-running father was killed in the cross-fire of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 while delivering dagga to a group of teenagers), her sister married to the Head of the Reserve Bank and Zanele Mbeki as a personal friend, she is the ideal trophy wife of the self-made construction mogul Tobias Ramapelepele. A man who boasts the Gautrain stations among his current contracts.

With a nose for gossip and the inside line on everything from Stripes to checks and business to B.E.E, Beauty Ramapelepele gives us a “fly on the wall” view of South Africa’s black elite. Hers is a rags to riches story of our relatively tender democracy built on her simple and effective philosophy…”Invest in Africa…buy a politician!