Amanda Kranenburg – South Africa
The idea for the Network She Woman of the World feature came after I met up with Amanda Kranenburg or Amanda Burke as I knew her, in Cape Town in November 2018. It was a dream holiday and I couldn’t go all the way to Cape Town and not catch up with Amanda, who I had met a few years earlier via Network She when she was working with her then partner as the Director of their small, North Wales based branding company. When she packed everything in and went on her travels alone. We kept in touch as she headed to New Zealand via Los Angeles, Australasia and Asia before settling in South Africa, marrying a guy of Dutch descent within two months of arriving.
When we met she was a different person who was looking for a reason to keep in touch with the world and life back home in the Uk. We talked about her writing for the website as she had done previously for the Network She Magazine. We laughed about how small the world was and as we counted out the women we knew across the globe who were all somehow connected to Network She- Women of the World was born. For six months we kept in touch and Amanda wrote about her life in South Africa, including the violence, the robberies and the falls. She fell again in June 2019, resulting in a hip replacement. Being concerned that I hadn’t heard from her for some weeks, I sent her a note via messenger, it was the afternoon of 7th July. Within minutes her husband came back to me. Amanda had died earlier that afternoon. As a legacy to Amanda, the Network She Woman of the World collective continue to share their thoughts, ideas, and passions with you as she would have.