Women celebrate achievements

2019-08-15 06:00
Khayelitsha businesswomen Yandisa Kaulela-Mahlasela attended the Women in Business Women’s Day celebrations. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Khayelitsha businesswomen Yandisa Kaulela-Mahlasela attended the Women in Business Women’s Day celebrations. PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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In celebrating Women’s Day, a group of women from Khayelitsha and surrounds, who took part in the Women in Business Programme, gathered at the Look Out Hill to share ideas about their business journeys.

Fezeka Mavuso, organiser of the programme, said the idea is to equip women in business with technological skills to grow their businesses.

The programme is a 10- week initiative that empowers women with “top tech tools”. Women who complete the training get to choose which tools best suit their businesses.

She said for women to participate they need to have an active business for a minimum of two years and it must be registered.

“We focus on businesses that have been operating but need growth,” she said.

Mavuso said so far they have helped over 100 businesswomen and they chose this month to celebrate and share their journeys and ideas.

Founder of Ithemba Langomso Foundation, Yandisa Kaulela-Mahlasela said her business is curriculum-based. It helps teachers and parents, specifically Grade R and Grade 1 learners, with computer skills.

“The programme helped me a lot because now I know that I can use social media as a marketing tool,” she said.

Andiswa Dekeda of Inako Business Consultancy said her business does business advisory services.

She said before joining the programme she had a hard time attracting clients because she did not know how to market her business.

“I learned a lot because I now know how and where to advertise my business and I even have a website where people can go and learn more about what I do,” said Dekeda.

Both women encouraged other businesswomen who want to grow their businesses to join the programme.

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