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Last week City Press and CNBC Africa hosted the first in a se­ries of six Win­ning Women sem­i­nars spon­sored by 1st for Women. The se­ries be­gan with a panel com­pris­ing Jo­hanna Mukoki of Travel with Flair, Mole­batsi Ndleve of Lu­latec, and Yo­gavelli Nam­biar, who heads up the new En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Academy at the Gor­don In­sti­tute of Business Sci­ence.

The topic was Women En­trepreneurs: One Step Beyond and the con­ver­sa­tion re­volved around whether women are bet­ter at be­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial, why South Africa is lag­ging be­hind its SADC coun­ter­parts when it comes to pro­duc­ing fe­male business own­ers, and how women can - to steal a phrase - “lean in” to ev­ery op­por­tu­nity even in our dis­tressed mar­ket.

Mukoki said brav­ery was the key to suc­cess, adding that she’d al­ways been brave and that if you want some­one’s help, step up and ask for it. Ndleve said iden­ti­fy­ing where to look for business is key, and Nam­biar em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of learn­ing to cre­ate and work your net­works.

You can see ex­tracts from the Q&A ses­sion on­ Catch the full panel dis­cus­sion on CNBC Africa’s Women on Wealth on DStv Chan­nel 410 on Wed­nes­day at 9.15pm.

The next sem­i­nar will take place in Novem­ber. Read our fort­nightly Win­ning Women pro­file for more in­for­ma­tion about how to be in the stu­dio au­di­ence and join in the con­ver­sa­tion.

If you’d like to sug­gest top­ics for the next sem­i­nar send them to

or SMS 34263, with Win­ning Women in the sub­ject line.


– Gayle Ed­munds

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