Businesswomen stand united at empowerment breakfast

March 20, 2019

RISINGSUNCHATSWORTH / 19 MARCH 2019 - 18.04 / STAFF REPORTER

 

 

The glittering function took place at the Marilynn Mews Conference Centre in Jacobs and saw about 80 women from Austerville, Bluff, Merebank and Treasure Beach in attendance.

 

The Wentworth Organisation of Women commemorated International Women’s Day by hosting a women in business empowerment breakfast.

 

 

Local businesswomen in attendance at the special breakfast.

 

 

 

The glittering function took place at the Marilynn Mews Conference Centre in Jacobs and saw about 80 women from Austerville, Bluff, Merebank and Treasure Beach in attendance.

 

The programme, which was free, focused on coming together as women and celebrating women’s economic and political achievements.

 

It also educated women on the United Nations’ theme for International Women’s Day, which was ‘think equal, build smart, innovate for change.

 

The Department of Human Settlements and eThekwini Municipality shared information on the new approaches for targeted Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment, which allocates more procurement points to companies owned by Black (Coloured, Indian and African) women, youth, disabled people and military veterans.

 

Speakers from Human Settlements and the Municipality motivated the women to register their companies online, with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) under the Department of Trade and Industry.

 

They also advised them to register their companies as service providers on the Central Supplier Database of the National Department of Treasury.

 

These registrations will assist them in gaining access to work opportunities from the government via government’s tender processes and quotation system.

 

The eThekwini Municipality highlighted the state-owned properties targeted for economic development.The Department of Human Settlements urged women to make use of empowerment programmes, which were provided by the government.

 

These programmes require 30 percent of housing construction contracts to be allocated to qualifying registered women-owned companies by way of government’s tender processes.

 

The women present agreed to the re-establishment of the Women in Business Forum. This forum will operate as a formal structure to co-ordinate, educate, advocate and mentor.

 

Both Human Settlements and eThekwini Municipality agreed to provide ongoing information sessions with the forum on housing construction and government’s future catalytic infrastructure projects for the South-Durban area. The forum’s first meeting is scheduled for the first week of April.

 

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LINK : https://risingsunchatsworth.co.za/130870/businesswomen-stand-united-empowerment-breakfast/

 

Disclaimer - The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the BEE CHAMBER

 

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