Gala din­ner in­spires

The Rep - - NEWS - SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

WOMEN in busi­ness were un­der the spot­light dur­ing a gala din­ner hosted by the Chris Hani District Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (CHDM) at Roy­don Na­ture Re­serve on Satur­day.

The din­ner, themed: “Women in lead­er­ship and busi­ness,” was aimed at em­pow­er­ing and in­spir­ing up-and-com­ing women in busi­ness.

CHDM ex­ec­u­tive mayor Kholiswa Vim­bayo opened the event.

Busi­ness­woman and Women’s Rights ac­tivist Si­nazo Mshengu, in an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Rep, said there were in fact many op­por­tu­ni­ties that women could ac­cess.

“Women at times are their own en­e­mies.

“In a pre­vi­ous job I worked in, women tried to bring me down more than men and this is a prob­lem. If we are to fight for our rights, then we need to be united and stop fight­ing against each other or we will never achieve any­thing.”

Mshengu said home, school and univer­sity mind­sets needed to be changed, as the home set­ting, par­tic­u­larly, of­ten pre­sented a woman with the vi­sion that lead­er­ship roles were re­served for men, while women had to cook, clean and look after the chil­dren.

Re­la­tion­ship ex­pert Nox­olo Speel­man said women should start lov­ing them­selves, be­fore lov­ing oth­ers.

She added that women nor­mally spent so much on the fa­ther and the chil­dren that they were left with noth­ing for them­selves.

“Women are emo­tional be­ings, but to make sound de­ci­sions you need to think, feel and de­cide.”

Co-founder and owner of Ther­ato Ency Let­soane Guest­house & Train­ing, who is also a part­ner at Over the Rain­bow En­trepreneur­ship train­ing and an am­bas­sador for BayHill Cap­i­tal, Ther­ato Let­soane, said she had achieved due to the sup­port from her hus­band and fam­ily. Women needed a spirit of ex­cel­lence when in busi­ness.

“In busi­ness you need to re­spect all of your em­ploy­ees, be­cause if you treat your staff with re­spect they will never for­get you.”

The evening ended with a per­for­mance by multi-award win­ner Nkosi­nathi “Nathi” Mankayi who sang his crit­i­cally ac­claimed song,

Pic­ture: SIMTEMBILE MGIDI

FINE TRIB­UTE: Nkosi­nathi Mankayi sings at a women’s event hosted by the CHDM over the week­end

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