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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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PGTrainingJun2017(June 12, 2017) It was all systems go for 21 women business owners attending modules 3 and 4 of the South African P&G Training Programme in Johannesburg, for a full day of interactive training. Among them was Rene Gopaul, a women’s business enterprise (WBE) and Managing Director of Goya Experiences, whose enthusiasm for her business was matched by her determination to absorb and apply learning from this training. “I am here to found out everything I can to make my business successful,” said Rene.

(June 7, 2017) See how WEConnect International helps Melanie grow her women's business enterprise and click here to read her success profile.

pagEarly on Friday morning, Nosipho Gxumisa, Managing Director of APG Logistics, took her seat in the P&G training room in Johannesburg. As a women’s business enterprise (WBE) certified by WEConnect International, she had joined some 20 other women business owners who were eager to start the first of two modules in the P&G Training Program on May 26, 2017.  This group was selected from over 50 applicants for training in the 10-module program (ending in July 2017), on the basis of P&G’s business criteria for business relationship building with women-owned businesses.  

P&G’s commitment to training women business owners is underpinned by its global gender equality strategy and aims to foster leadership skills and business development.  The program is the first in IMEA, and follows on the successful presentation of similar training courses in the US, Turkey, China and Mexico.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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