Zululand Observer - Weekender

New BWA exco on a mission to expand

- 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

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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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