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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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WEConnect International in South Africa will be hosting our Annual Conference on 6th March 2020. This year’s theme: “Scaling-up in 2020 for Sustainable Growth” will focus on how women-owned businesses can position themselves for success in the upcoming decade. According to Forbes, the third decade of the 21st century will, “…present us with the opportunity to not only reflect on the progress made in business over the past ten years, but also to look ahead to the brave new world of the 2020s, and explore how technology will shape the future.”

Join us at EY, Sandton for what is guaranteed to be an exciting conference that offers key learnings and insights towards business growth. The agenda will feature exciting speakers from all business spheres on a global and local scale. Our conferences also guarantee an opportunity to network with corporate representatives from large multinationals and other women business owners from different industry sectors.

The pre-conference day, 5th March 2020, will offer unique training opportunities from industry titans in the morning session. For those who are interested, for the first time ever, non-certified women business owners can purchase a ticket to participate in a matchmaking session with our corporate members!

SaveTheDate for the 5th & 6th March 2020! Tickets will be live soon, ensure to buy your early-bird ticket for great discounts!


As August is women’s month in South Africa, WEConnect International in South Africa together with corporate member Accenture, celebrated the month with women business owners in Cape Town at the WEInnovate Women’s Workshop. With technology and digitization becoming prominent and increasingly essential parts of the business, the workshop, held at the world-class Cape Town International Convention Centre, engaged the attendees in Customer User experience design.


On 23 July 2019 WEConnect International in South Africa, UN Women, and Johnson & Johnson brought the collaboration and matchmaking workshop to East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, for the first time. The event was hosted by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) at their East London Plant.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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