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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The Corporate Matchmaking event for the 4th quarter of 2018 was held on Tuesday, 20 November at the offices of EY in Sandton, Johannesburg. For the fourth time this year, we received enormous support from corporates, who convened earlier in the morning of the event for the Advisory Council meeting to discuss the progress of WEConnect International in South Africa and commit to continuing support for the organization. Sinqobile Khumalo, EY’s Emerging Markets Region Team Member, Business Enablement, Talent Acquisition Lead, said, “This was the fourth matchmaking event hosted at the EY offices this year, wrapping up what has been a great year of collaboration with WEConnect International and the women business enterprises.” 

SAEYCapeTownCollaboration was the name of the game when WEConnect International in South Africa went to Cape Town for the Roadshow 2018. The event was hosted by EY at their beautiful Cape Town offices steps away from the iconic V&A Waterfront with a backdrop of the lovely Table Mountain.

SAEYDurbanOn 27 November 2018, WEConnect International and EY brought the Collaboration Workshop to Kwa-Zulu Natal’s capital city, Durban. Corporate representatives from EY and Ingersoll Rand were present to kick off the Roadshow, introduce themselves, and their companies. Women business owners took advantage of the corporates present by both seeking advice related to the corporate procurement procedures and expressing some challenges they had with regards to doing business with corporates.

Jean Chawapiwa
Country Director, South Africa
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