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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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(September 1, 2016) WEConnect International corporate member Intel will host a WBE Roundtable discussion on September 8, 2016. The agenda will focus on successes and challenges of doing business with corporations. The objective is to have an open discussion with WEConnect International members locally and share feedback, thoughts and ideas in preparing for 2017.

PetanquePétanque International (Pty) Ltd is a boutique woman-owned business consultancy with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The company focuses on using visual storyboarding to simplify, change and facilitate performance improvement in organizations.

Managing Director, Dr Michélle Booysen, and her business partner, MJ Fick, have over the past 14 years built their business into a vibrant group of companies with motivated teams. Pétanque is the winner of the 2014 Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) Award for Excellence in BPM and Workflow.

success 2016 mendell SA mainMelanie Medell Selected for EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2016

(July 26, 2016) Melanie Medell, owner of Melaire Linens, has been chosen to participate in corporate member EY's Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2016 programme. Melanie has been a WEConnect International in South Africa certified Women Business Enterprise since March 2015.

Melanie credits her selection to the EY programme to WEConnect International in South Africa’s support. She says, "This opportunity is a direct outcome of my attendance of the WEConnect International in South Africa Annual Conference held in April this year. In particular, Jean Chawapiwa, Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa is a powerful catalyst."

Read her success story.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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