Jess urges women to think bigger and bolder

2017-11-16 06:01
Members of the Avela Women In Business with Jessica Mbangeni and Nonzuzo Makhanda (centre) at the Look Out Hill on Sunday .

Members of the Avela Women In Business with Jessica Mbangeni and Nonzuzo Makhanda (centre) at the Look Out Hill on Sunday .

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A group of local business women benefitted from a pep talk delivered by praise poet and bussiness personality Jessica Mbangeni during a meeting held at the Look Out Hill on Sunday.

Mbangeni is known for her performances at high-profile events including the 46664 concert in Cape Town and the inauguration of Thabo Mbeki as South African president.

She first made her mark as a praise singer when she joined the Soweto Gospel Choir in 2002 and toured the world in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and North American States.

In 2006 she founded the KwaNtu Entertainment & Designs agency that uses her connections in the cultural and entertainment industries to get local South African talent exposed through international television shows, local and international television adverts, international theatre, craft exportation, corporate shows and fashion exhibitions and craft exhibitions.

Mbangeni said the meeting in Khayelitsha was important to “unite women in business to focus on their capabalities”

“Women must work together to find solutions that work for them. We can be different from each other because we are all unique but we need to find each other,” she said. She urged the women to form consortiums that would become game-changers.

“Nothing stops you from starting a women owned bank because the government is ready to help you,” she said.

Mbangeni said she learnt a great deal from Mrs Zanele Mbeki through the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID forum.

Also addressing the group was the chairperson on National Financial Literacy, Nonzuzo Makhanda who urged them to “constantly upskill their knowledge of finances.”

Mhonko Godze representing the Avela Women In Business thanked both Mbangeni and Makhanda for “opening up our mindand challenging us to the limits.”

“They left us with an assignment to think about a bigger idea that we can transform into a business. All those in attendance took up the challenge because we want to change lives,” said Godze.

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