Women encouraged to grow skills

2015-05-21 06:00
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Deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize advised women to grow themselves in business skills, productivity and business strategy.

PHOTO: supplied Deputy minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services Hlengiwe Mkhize advised women to grow themselves in business skills, productivity and business strategy.

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AT a women’s empowerment cocktail party at the Golden Horse Hotel on Saturday night, the deputy minister of telecommunications and postal services, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize said the country is still critical when it comes to business skills, knowledge and the history of productivity.

The environmental affairs deputy minister Barbara Thomson blessed the event that was hosted by radio personality Linda Sibiya. Business women, the youth and women from the city were also part of the event.

The aim of the event was to inform guests which government departments they can contact if they have a business proposal or if they want to talk basic business.

Mkhize said there is still a huge gap when it comes to skill and productivity and the lack of skills and business strategies are issues that need to be targeted.

“The time to rely on men is long gone. The reality is that the majority of women are struggling in areas of skills. Another issue that one comes across in the business sector is that women are facing a challenge in business strategies and creation. They are still divided in terms of ego, class, areas and politics. Look at the women of the sixties, they became one and stood up for what they believed in. We should be following in their footsteps and stop being mean to one another. As women we must work together and stop criticising each other. We owe it to the next generation - the beneficiaries of this country,” said Mkhize.

“We are lacking in producing engineers and that has to be looked at.”

“Growing online knowledge is another important factor. We should be familiar with online - things must be online so we have platforms. Women must unite, position themselves, be strong and powerful irrespective of obstacles,” she said

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