New BWA exco on a mis­sion to ex­pand

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO BUSINESS - Dave Sa­vides

THE newly elected ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Zu­l­u­land Busi­ness­women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (BWA) has hit the ground run­ning with prepa­ra­tions un­der way for its year-end high tea.

The char­ity event hosted this year in as­so­ci­a­tion with Um­folozi Casino Re­sort and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre will see 200 pro­fes­sional women con­verge with one goal in mind - beef­ing up early child­hood de­vel­op­ment (ECD) in our re­gion.

Pro­ceeds from the event, sched­uled for 24 Novem­ber at 10am at the Um­folozi Casino Re­sort, will go to­wards DICE’s (Do I Care Enough?) ECD train­ing pro­gramme for teach­ers in ru­ral crèches in Zu­l­u­land.

The char­ity high tea will also be a plat­form for re­cent win­ners of the Re­gional Busi­ness Achiever’s Awards to share their suc­cess sto­ries with key­note speaker be­ing RBIDZ Brand and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager Zodwa Zikalala and Um­folozi Casino Re­sort Gen­eral Man­ager Pam Na­gappa.

‘BWA Zu­l­u­land not only em­pow­ers lo­cal women and their busi­nesses but also those within our com­mu­nity,’ said newly elected BWA chair Ronelle Ram­samy.

‘This ini­tia­tive will go a long way to­wards cre­at­ing a last­ing legacy by im­part­ing into the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren and train­ing fu­ture lead­ers. It is vi­tal to cap­i­talise on the first six years of a child’s life to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for learn­ing.

‘The in­vest­ment we make now will pay off within the next 10 to 15 years when these tod­dlers en­ter the job mar­ket. We can make a dif­fer­ence as to the role they will play in so­ci­ety,’ said Ram­samy.

2019 line-up

The BWA com­mit­tee, which boasts a di­verse rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women from the cor­po­rate, pro­fes­sional and busi­ness sphere, is also ex­cited about the 2019 line-up which in­cludes among oth­ers, a Women in Busi­ness Expo in May.

‘The sum­mit will fea­ture a busi­ness panel of ex­perts with var­i­ous speak­ers fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in your busi­ness, grow­ing and mar­ket­ing your

en­ter­prise as well as an ex­hi­bi­tion area for SMMEs.

‘Our fo­cus is on grow­ing the cor­po­rate and gov­ern­ment mem­ber­ship which is vi­tally im­por­tant to pro­vide men­tors to fledg­ling en­trepreneurs in Zu­l­u­land.

‘We want to part­ner with the gov­ern­ment and cor­po­rate sec­tor for these events while pro­vid­ing lo­cal busi­nesses a plat­form to mar­ket their prod­ucts and ser­vices. We also plan to in­tro­duce an ex­cit­ing re­wards pro­gramme ex­clu­sively

for BWA mem­bers,’ Ram­samy said.

The Busi­ness Leader of To­mor­row event is aimed at em­pow­er­ing schol­ars to en­ter the world of study­ing and work­ing while the flag­ship Re­gional Busi­ness­woman of the Year Awards hon­ours

lo­cal women in busi­ness.

‘This forms part of the three pil­lars of the BWA – to em­power pro­fes­sional women and give them a plat­form to grow their busi­ness, to pro­vide a pro­fes­sional net­work­ing base and to de­velop

women in busi­ness and our sur­round­ing com­mu­nity.’

Ta­bles for the char­ity tea cost R1 000 per ta­ble or R100 per per­son. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact BWA Zu­l­u­land Co­or­di­na­tor Clarissa Gra­ham on zu­l­u­land@ bwasa.co.za

Dave Sa­vides

The newly elected BWA Zu­l­u­land com­mit­tee is ready to do busines (back) Hlengiwe Mvubu, Cindy Chetty, Rynie Kearns (Trea­surer), Clarissa Gra­ham (BWA Co­or­di­na­tor), and Me­gan Eras­mus; (front) Jabu Dlamini (Vice-Chair­per­son), Ronelle Ram­samy (Chair­per­son) and Tracy-Anne Aggett (Vice-Chair­per­son)

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