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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Reid Taniabod 28Cliff Central’s Leadership Platform panel recently chatted with to Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa Jean Chawapiwa and Tania Reid of WEConnect International certified women’s business enterprise Ithemba Office Solutions.  

Jean provided background information on what WEConnect International does to support women business owners around the world and in South Africa, specifically. She also addressed the global challenges to women’s economic empowerment.


WEConnect International in South Africa’s held a Match Making event for multinational corporate members and WEConnect International certified women business enterprises on 17 January 2017. Hosted at EY in Johannesburg, this event is the first in a series of quarterly match making events planned for 2017.

Jean Chawapiwa
Country Director, South Africa
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