BUILDING BUSINESSWOMEN IN AFRICA
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 www.citypress.co.za. 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.
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– Gayle Edmunds