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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.

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SACapeTown2017 2WEConnect International in South Africa held its third matchmaking event this year on August 15, 2017. Hosted by EY, the event brought together eight corporate representatives to meet, engage, and discuss areas of business collaboration with 43 WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprises (WBEs). During the event, the corporate representatives not only shared opportunities available for WBEs, but also met individually with women business owners in small breakout sessions and listened to their individualized business pitches.

SACapeTownAug2017Women business owners in Cape Town, South Africa were introduced to WEConnect International for the first time on August 14, 2017 as part of a traveling roadshow sponsored by EY. The event, hosted at EY’s Waterfront premises, highlighted opportunities and benefits of registration and certification with WEConnect International in South Africa. The event was the first stop on a three-day roadshow, which includes a stop in Johannesburg on August 15 for a match-making session and a final stop in Durban on August 16 for another connect session.

PG2017 SmallGroupCelebrations raised the roof on Friday, July 28th 2017, at P&G in Johannesburg, South Africa after the graduation of a group of WEConnect International certified women business owners, who completed the joint P&G-WEConnect International business training.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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