South Africa


WEConnect International in South Africa identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit organisation in South Africa that provides the seal of certification uniquely to Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), and also, that connects these WBEs with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations across diverse industries. Our signature seal of certification is a formal guarantee to corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from South African businesses that meet universal standards for WBEs. Find out more.

(October 21, 2016) WEConnect International in South Africa welcomes new Advisory Council Chair Jacoba Schutte. She is the Products & Services Procurement Lead in Africa for EY. New Advisory Council member Nadine Schlebusch, the HR Director of Ingersoll Rand South Africa, will now serve as the Advisory Council’s Vice Chair.

At the most recent Council meeting, Jacoba said, ‘’I am delighted to have this opportunity to work with such a strong Advisory Council. We all believe in WEConnect International and can see the difference it can make in our lives as procurement leads when we can easily find certified women-owned businesses. Part of my aim as Chair will be to bring more corporates to the Council and have more face-to-face sessions with the women’s business enterprises — WBEs.’’

Khanyile Solutions success sa 2016Khanyile Solutions is a WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise, which specializes in the manufacturing and branding of work wear. At the helm of this company are business partners Belukazi Nkala and Thabisile Mkhwanazi, who bring a strong combination of skills, experience, and a commitment in managing and growing Khanyile Solutions locally and beyond South Africa.  

Belukazi was born in the Eastern Cape, attended school in Zimbabwe and returned to Johannesburg where she worked as an analyst in Information Technology (IT) for 12 years. Thabisile was born in Johannesburg and went to school in Kwa Zulu Natal but later returned to Johannesburg, as well, where she worked as a procurement officer for over 14 years. In 2009, they began their company by supplying Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). However as they interacted with clients, they received varied requests for more tailor made services. This is when they decided to become manufactures, and Khanyile Solutions was born.  

MPrem BClarke Bootcamp201626 September 2016, Johannesburg

WEConnect International in South Africa, in partnership with M. Prem Inc and B Inspired, hosted a Legal Bootcamp on 23 September 2016, with the venue provided by EY in Johannesburg. This training and development session for Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) focused on application of commercial and corporate law to businesses and HR best practices. More than 40 WEConnect International registered and certified women business owners (WBOs) and Women Business Enterprises (WBEs) attended the session.

WEConnect International Launches in South Africa | October 29, 2013

WEC SA launch screenshotWEC SA launch photo

WEConnect International South Africa Launch Video (Youtube)

Check out all the pictures from the event here!

Jean Chawapiwa

Executive Director, WEConnect International in South Africa


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