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Women’s business enterprises strike near perfect pitch during matchmaking with corporates

WEConnect International in South Africa held its third Matchmaking session this year on 15 August 2017, hosted by EY, Sandton, with corporate representatives who are active members of the Advisory Council. They were Jacoba Schutte, Chair: Advisory Council of WEConnect International in South Africa, and EY’s Products and Services Procurement Lead, South Africa; Lorenzo Bell, EY’s Global Diversity & Inclusiveness Procurement Manager;  Lindsay Burns, Ingersoll Rand’s Operations Administrator; Grace Seeme, Accenture ESDP Lead; Nirvana Govender, UPS’s Chief Financial Officer; Lynn Turnbull, Sodexo’s Supply Chain Manager; Bree McClure, Sodexo’s Supply Chain Officer; and Jacob Pretorius, Procurement Manager from Johnson & Johnson (JnJ).

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ABSA Bank, hosts women business owners for Enterprise Development Seminar

Ending off Women’s month in South Africa, women business owners met on Monday and Tuesday morning, 28th and 29th August 2017, at the Newtown ABSA Enterprise Development Centre and the Jozi SME Hub in Soweto respectively, for a one-day Enterprise Development Seminar hosted by ABSA Business Banking. The seminars were hosted by Charlton Thangalan, Provincial Manager: Enterprise Development, ABSA Business Banking Gauteng South and Keketso Temane, ‎Enterprise Development Consultant at Barclays Africa Group Limited, for women business owners affiliated with WEConnect International in South Africa. The seminar covered topics such as Key Steps in Forecasting; Steps in Forecasting and A Case Study; How to Compile a Winning Budget and Forecast and Basics of Digital Marketing.

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Cape Town’s women business owners inspired during August Connect Session

The Connect Session held on 14 August 2017 hosted by EY in its new Waterfront premises targeted women business owners (WBOs) in Cape Town. The event highlighted opportunities and benefits of registration and certification with WEConnect International in South Africa. The team was accompanied by the Chairperson of the Advisory Council, Jacoba Schutte, EY Products and Services Procurement Lead Africa; Miranda Anthony, Public & Government Affairs Manager, ExxonMobil; and Zandile Njamela, Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Program Lead, Accenture SA.

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WEConnect International in South African roadshow to Durban

Durban’s women business owners were introduced to WEConnect International in South Africa for the first time on 16 August 2017. EY Durban hosted a connect session for local women business owners in the EY offices in Umhlanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The event was part of a roadshow which included Cape Town on the 14th August and a match-making session for certified women business owners in Johannesburg on the 15th August.

Both events were hosted by EY South Africa in collaboration with WEConnect International in South Africa to renew connections with women business owners and introduce them to the exciting world of doing business with corporates. The WEConnect International in South Africa team was joined by the Chairperson of the Advisory Council, Jacoba Schutte, EY Products and Services Procurement Lead, Africa; Anusha Govender, Operations Manager Coastal, representing Sodexo Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, also a global member of WEConnect International; and  Chantal Boulle from the US Consulate in Durban.

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