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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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bod 28On June 7, 2016, Gillian Godsell spoke with Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa Jean Chawapiwa and Linda Basson from member corporation Accenture to discuss supplier diversity and the value of connecting women business owners with corporate buyers.

Jean shared her own experience with the WEConnect International certification process and last year’s WEConnect International Day event in Austin, Texas. While Linda explained that by incorporating women into the supply chain, communities are strengthened.

Gillian also interviewed Tania Reid, 2016 EY pitch competition winner and owner of ithemba. Tania expounded on the benefits of being a part of the WEConnect International network, saying for the first time ever: “Business has actually come to me; and I haven’t gone out to try and find it.”

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On 8 April 2016, the WEConnect International in South Africa Annual Conference took place in Johannesburg. The aim of the event was to celebrate women business owners who are reaping the benefits offered by WEConnect International. The event was hosted by platinum sponsor EY and attended by 195 delegates.

IWD SA 2016(March 8, 2016) Corporate Member Accenture in South Africa, in collaboration with WEConnect International, hosted a breakfast for women business owners on International Women’s Day 2016. All the talks given by our exceptional speakers reflected this year’s theme, #GreaterThan.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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