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WEConnect International in SA

CCTV: WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

(Feb. 25, 2015) CCTV recently interviewed Dr. Nathalie Chinje to discuss the often overlooked key to economic development - women. Through WEConnect International, Dr. Chinje helps women-owned businesses in South Africa succeed in global value chains and connects them with multinational corporate buyers.

"I work with a lot of women-owned enterprises in South Africa and across the African continent, and my vision for those women is to ensure that they are successful and that they have access to business opportunities within the corporate sector," said Dr. Chinje.

One example of how Weconnect International has helped women entrepreneurs is Dorothy Botsi, founder and director of Botho Ubuntu Cleaning, a 100 percent black woman-owned enterprise. Today Botsi employs over 500 women across South Africa, and ensures they have a better future. For her, having a business that employs mainly women is extremely important, and she feels that WeConnect International helps emphasize that importance.

Source: WEConnect

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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