SACBW confirms role of women in economy

Bo: Die dames van die South African Chamber for Business Woman (SACBW) het verlede Donderdag hul eerste netwerkoggend gehad. Santie von Below (middel), ook ’n suksesvolle besigheidsvrou en ook die streekleier vir die SACBW vir dieTuinroete, het die vroue toegespreek. Foto verskaf

Women are becoming more aware of their role in the economy but also know that they need a support group consisting of empowered women to guide them on the journey.

With these words, the President of the South African Council for Business Women, Hanlie Delport, announced that four new regions are now connecting to this national network.
The Council ended 2023 with fourteen active branches across South Africa, reaching hundreds of women.

It is only the end of January and they have already announced that Cape Winelands, Port Elizabeth, Durban, and Bloemfontein will join the Sisterhood in February, with branches being set up in these locations.

“Although we believe that we are like-minded in what we envisage the future of women in business to be like, we also encourage diversity of thought and ideas.
Through our connections on branch level, we learn from each other and have access to best practices,” says Delport.

The South African Council for Business Women was founded in 1988 by Mrs Rika Venter, who believed that women in business needed a voice. Today, the Council is empowering women with skills and knowledge to grow as individuals and in business.

“We have high net worth business owners sitting at the same table as small business entrepreneurs, sharing information and experiences that help shape the business landscape. With strong women at the helm of the branches, our members are guided and supported as they get more comfortable in their role as leaders in the economy,” Hanlie Delport continues.

Building a national network of women who not only work in their businesses, but also help other women to rise and even do community work is the reason for the Council’s existence.

“We do not want women that do community work to feel left out. Their contribution to the social wellness of our society cannot be measured in monetary terms, but they are important in building the future of this country by giving hope!” she says.

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