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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Reid Tania(July 13, 2016) Tania Reid is the Founder and CEO of ithemba, the 2016 EY Pitch Competition winner, and a member of the WEConnect International in South Africa network. This week, Daudi Mugabi interviewed her for a Business Mic podcast episode and asked her to share her experiences as an entrepreneur, as well as some business tips.

In the second half of the podcast, Tania provided concrete steps on how to step out of comfort zones, make the most our of business networks like WEConnect International, and craft a good pitch. Namely, she suggested business owners first consider what solution their enterprise provides potential customers and make that solution heard in the first sentence. Tania also stressed that every good pitch includes contact information. She always makes sure to mention her website:

eduweek sa 2016

(1 July 2016 - Johannesburg) On 30th June 2016, Intel Corporation in Johannesburg hosted Women Business Owners registered with WEConnect International in South Africa during EduWeek 2016. The event took place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa; where Intel returned for the third consecutive year as Headline Sponsor of the EduWeek conference.

bod 28On June 7, 2016, Gillian Godsell spoke with Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa Jean Chawapiwa and Linda Basson from member corporation Accenture to discuss supplier diversity and the value of connecting women business owners with corporate buyers.

Jean shared her own experience with the WEConnect International certification process and last year’s WEConnect International Day event in Austin, Texas. While Linda explained that by incorporating women into the supply chain, communities are strengthened.

Gillian also interviewed Tania Reid, 2016 EY pitch competition winner and owner of ithemba. Tania expounded on the benefits of being a part of the WEConnect International network, saying for the first time ever: “Business has actually come to me; and I haven’t gone out to try and find it.”

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Jean Chawapiwa
Country Director, South Africa
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