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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(March 28, 2017) When passion is paired with practical business skills, women business owners increase their chances of success. On 17 March 2017 in Johannesburg, the WEConnect International in South Africa Connect Session, hosted by corporate member Intel, brought together 45 women’s business enterprises and women business owners to address essential business skills, including: perfecting your pitch, optimising opportunities related to requests for proposals, and best practices in customer service. Corporates in attendance were Deaneesha Govender, Commodity Manager – GER Regional Strategic Sourcing, Intel; Zellie Emtoch, Facilities Manager, Intel; and Grace Seeme, ESDP Lead, Accenture.

Reid TaniaFP(March 27, 2017) Congratulations to Tania Reid, owner of WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise Ithemba! Tania’s video was chosen from video entries submitted from all over the world through our network of over 6,000 women owned businesses. Her video best demonstrates the value WEConnect International has brought to growing her South Africa based business, while adding creativity, passion and pizzaz! Her video will be featured at the WEConnect International Gala on March 30 in Washington, DC. Check back on March 31st to watch her video.

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Please join us on May 11 for the WEConnect International in South Africa Annual Conference! This will be a day-long event jam-packed with talks and presentations by local and international speakers, as well as panel discussions, all of which are 100% focused on helping women business owners to succeed and achieve.

Jean Chawapiwa
Country Director, South Africa
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