As women’s month draws to a close today, the Khayelitsha Business Forum hosted a breakfast event aimed at empowering local businesswomen. On Tuesday 29 August Khayelitsha lassies on business with some lads for support attended the event hosted by the KBF. According to the organisation’s secretary Thozi Gwente the aim of the day was for women to discuss certain issues around business ethics as well as access to opportunities. “Women are faced with many challenges all over the country but more specifically for us here in Khayelitsha.How do we do business ethically while there are challenges that have been a hindrances to our businesses(growth),” she said. She noted that one of the biggest problems was that women were overlooked and not respected enough as business people. “This leads to a lot of us not accessing these business opportunities especially in the construction projects that are currently taking place in Khayelitsha. So today we have called in some business women who are going to sit in the panel and engage with the attendants on these matters,” she said. The KBF was established in 2012 as an organisation with a keen interest in developing Khayelitsha based businesses. It has a 15 member executive team with more than 300 members both from the formal and informal sector. The speakers included Sivu Mango, owner of Ziyahlanjwa Laundry who spoke on the challenges of being a woman in a male dominated industry. Business woman and attendee Nosiseko Masawe said that the event helped rejuvenate her spirit as she was facing some turbulence in the business front.She is the founder of Siseko Projects, a cleaning company from Khayelitsha. “This has helped me a lot, particular with encouragement. My business is facing a few hurdles and at some point I thought of throwing in the towel. But having listened to these people has given me the boost that I need, “she said.