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

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.  

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8 September 2016, Intel Corporation in South Africa hosted a Roundtable Discussion for women business enterprises and corporations. Deaneesha Govender, Chairperson of WEConnect International in South Africa Advisory Council and Commodity Manager for Regional Strategic Sourcing from Intel Corporation facilitated the discussion. WEConnect International corporates in attendance were Lynne Cuzen, Category Lead for Technology and Talent Services from EY; Natalie Musgrave, Media Purchases and Supplier Diversity from Procter & Gamble (P&G); and Jacob Pretorius, Procurement Manager from Johnson & Johnson (JnJ).  

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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