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A NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBER FOR WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

In January 2015, WEConnect International in South Africa welcomed Andrew Michael Warrington Towns as an additional member to its Advisory Council

Towns works with the Global Procurement Teams of Marriott International, and thus began the partnership with WEConnect International to enable both parties to benefit from the extensive relationships Marriott International has around the world celebrating diversity and inclusion.

AMWarringtonTownsAndrew Michael Warrington Towns - Protea Hotels Group Procurement Manager

A 17 year hospitality veteran overseeing the procurement spend for the largest hotel group in Africa.

Successfully implemented the Protea Hotels e-procurement system, which is recognized as one of the leading e-procurement models in the hospitality industry in South Africa.

Works with the Global Procurement Teams of Marriott International, upon the acquisition of Protea by Marriott.

Source: WEConnect

PROCUREMENT TRAINING PROGRAMME WITH CUMMINS INC

(Johannesburg—October9, 2014) On October 2, 2014, WEConnect International in South Africa and one of its corporate members, Cummins Inc SA, co-hosted a procurement training programme at Cummins Inc South Africa’s offices in Sandton, Johannesburg. South Africa’s new BBBEE codes have recognized the importance of women in industry and the significant role that they play in the promotion of change in the South African business landscape. These mandatory business codes give preference to enterprises with higher levels of transformation in their organizations, thus encouraging businesses to procure from a diverse range of suppliers. WEConnect International in South Africa and Cummins endeavored to join hands in support of these opportunities by hosting a procurement training programme.

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NEGOTIATION SKILLS PROGRAMME WITH ACCENTURE

On September 30, 2014, Accenture and WEConnect International in South Africa welcomed close to 30 women business owners at Accenture offices in Johannesburg to participate in a Negotiation Skills Programme. According to research conducted by The Human Edge, women in South Africa face various gender-related challenges at work, mainly centering on unsuccessful dialogue among co-workers and bosses. This study has revealed the top five challenges faced by South African women in business today with unsuccessful negotiations and discussions being cited as very real issues. With this in light, WEConnect International in South Africa felt compelled to address this challenge by developing a negotiation skills programme. The aim of the training programme was to address the hurdles that women business owners face when trying to negotiate their business objectives in a working environment, and to help them find acceptable solutions to these challenges.

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FROM MINORITY BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE

"WEConnect International in South Africa: Offering WOBs Access to Local and Global Markets," by Dr. Nathalie Chinje, September 2014

August is an important month for South African women. It is on August 9, 1956 that 20,000 South Afri- can women of all races marched to the Union Building in Pretoria to protest against the injustices of the Apartheid regime.This regime suppressed the rights of South African women to pursue careers, thereby supporting the belief that women in South Africa should only spend their time in the kitchen. They also publicly voiced their opinions against the pass laws that required “black” South Africans to carry a ‘”pass,” an internal passport that severely restricted their movement...

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WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA HOSTS ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CORPORATE SUPPLIER DIVERSITY PROGRAMMES

(Johannesburg – Feb. 23, 2015) Amidst a hive of activities in the first quarter of 2015, WEConnect International in South Africa hosted a roundtable discussion under the theme “Corporate Supplier Diversity Programmes: Revised BBBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) Code & Gender Mainstreaming.” This event took place on February 17, 2015 from 08h30 to 12h30 at the Fire & Ice Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The roundtable discussion took into account important amendments which have been proposed to the BBBEE Act and are currently before Parliament. Significant changes to the existing Codes were published in the Government Gazette on October 11, 2013 and will take effect starting May 1, 2015. The primary purpose of the BBBEE Act and the Codes is to address the legacy of racist apartheid policies and enhance the economic participation of Black people in the South African economy. These new codes will have an impact on the strategies that businesses need to implement.

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A NEW ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL SOUTH AFRICA

In January 2014, WEConnect International established its advisory council in South Africa, comprised of procurement heads from corporate members Intel, Exxon Mobil, Accenture and Cummins. Council members have experience varying from women empowerment programs aimed at fast-tracking their economic participation, to global supplier inclusion and diversity initiatives.

The advisory council offers insight and expertise to WEConnect International South Africa. Specifically it focuses on governance and oversight of yearly activities of WEConnect International South Africa, including training programs, certification, and building and strengthening our local corporate membership base. These activities support our vision of providing women-owned businesses with access to local and global market opportunities.

SA govenderDeaneesha Govender - Commodity Purchasing Manager for Intel South Africa; Chairperson, WEConnect International South Africa Advisory Council

Formerly a member of the EMEA Diversity team, driving Women at Intel initiatives specific to Intern and RCG Programs.

Currently a Commodity Purchasing Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Qualified and majored in International Business Communication and Business English.

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