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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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In the lead up to the Annual Conference, WEConnect International in South Africa hosted six targeted training workshops for over 100 women business owners on February 21st, 2019. In a true collaborative spirit, WEConnect International Certified Women’s Business Enterprises and representatives of WEConnect International corporate members took on the role of workshop leaders.

With the theme of “Collaborating For Business Growth,” the workshop leaders focused on topics relevant to women business owners seeking to work with one another. Topics of the workshops included alignment of self-branding and personal values, legal implications of doing business within collaborative entities, cybersecurity, change management, brand building for collaboration, and pricing for collaboration.

Interested in learning more or participating in the next training workshop? Contact South Africa Country Director Jean Chawapiwa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SAUSEmbassyCropOn 28 November 2018, WEConnect International in South Africa and the US Embassy partnered to host a Women in Business Workshop in the capital city, Pretoria. Many of the attendees were US Embassy women entrepreneur alumni who were introduced to WEConnect International for the first time, as well as WEConnect International certified WBEs and self-registered businesses.

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The Corporate Matchmaking event for the 4th quarter of 2018 was held on Tuesday, 20 November at the offices of EY in Sandton, Johannesburg. For the fourth time this year, we received enormous support from corporates, who convened earlier in the morning of the event for the Advisory Council meeting to discuss the progress of WEConnect International in South Africa and commit to continuing support for the organization. Sinqobile Khumalo, EY’s Emerging Markets Region Team Member, Business Enablement, Talent Acquisition Lead, said, “This was the fourth matchmaking event hosted at the EY offices this year, wrapping up what has been a great year of collaboration with WEConnect International and the women business enterprises.” 

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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