Country Director, South Africa
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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(15 July 2016) WEConnect International in South Africa is on a growth path, a new team took over the management in August 2015. The team has hosted multiple events including a national conference for women business owners in South Africa. The growing strength of the organisation has prompted a move onto online platforms to further strengthen their network of women owned businesses, certified WBEs, corporate members within WEConnect International and affiliate organisations.
(14 July 2016) On numerous occasions at WEConnect International in South Africa events corporate members have made mention of the various opportunities they have for women-owned companies in logistics. The corporates have also mentioned the hardships they have in accessing women-owned logistics businesses, that have adequate capacity to successfully execute the scale of projects they have in their companies.
Jean Chawapiwa, Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa, identified this as an opportunity to host a Women in Logistics discussion. On 3 June 2016 more than 50 women business owners attended the event and global corporate members Cummins, Monsanto, P&G and National Empowerment Fund (NEF) presented and shared opportunities. Their presentations were not just confined to logistics opportunities much to the delight of the women business owners.
(July 13, 2016) Tania Reid is the Founder and CEO of ithemba, the 2016 EY Pitch Competition winner, and a member of the WEConnect International in South Africa network. This week, Daudi Mugabi interviewed her for a Business Mic podcast episode and asked her to share her experiences as an entrepreneur, as well as some business tips.
In the second half of the podcast, Tania provided concrete steps on how to step out of comfort zones, make the most our of business networks like WEConnect International, and craft a good pitch. Namely, she suggested business owners first consider what solution their enterprise provides potential customers and make that solution heard in the first sentence. Tania also stressed that every good pitch includes contact information. She always makes sure to mention her website: www.go2ithemba.co.za.
Country Director, South Africa