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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SouthAfricaConferenceSquare5th Annual Conference of WEConnect International in South Africa, 6th March 2020

By 2022, female entrepreneurs have the potential to boost the South African economy by R175 billion. In support of this vision, the annual conference of WEConnect International in South Africa with the support of platinum sponsors ExxonMobil and EY is being held in Sandton, Johannesburg. The conference, an annual gathering of amazing and successful women business owners and WEConnect international corporate members, is focused on encouraging the sustainable growth of women-owned businesses.

Vanessa Beyers CroppedBy Vanessa Beyers, The Source PR & Event Management, South Africa

“As an entrepreneur in business for 18 years, I’ve faced many trials and overcome many obstacles with only myself accountable for my success or failure. It can be a lonely and challenging environment when you only have your own opinion, skill, expertise to depend on, where you’re your own biggest challenge and you set your limitations. It can be a very frustrating and disheartening place to be.


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.

Jean Chawapiwa
Country Director, South Africa
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