City Promotes Economic Empowerment of Women

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August 27, 2016
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City Promotes Economic Empowerment of Women

To drive innovation and growth among women owned businesses, eThekwini Municipality will provide a three month information and communications technology training for 120 women. This programme will offer computer skills lessons and the necessary support to help women build sustainable businesses. The City firmly believes that women empowerment and gender equality are key to the acceleration of eThekwini’s sustainable development.

Nonku Mthembu from the Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit said the Municipality has a series of socio-economic empowerment programmes planned that will effectively benefit and empower women. The programme’s core mandate is to come up with tangible techniques on how to speed up women economic empowerment in the City and Province.

Mthembu said the programmes will drive skills development by providing various business trainings courses for women. Furthermore, Mthembu said the City, working with strategic corporate partners will launch a Women in Business mentorship programme this month, targeting 15 women who will be mentored by top business experts on how to run successful businesses. The Municipality has budgeted over R1 million in the 2016/17 financial year towards programmes aimed at advancing women empowerment.

On 27 August, the City will host a Business Networking Session where women will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and share opportunities to uplift each other. To celebrate incredible women who are making a real difference to the lives of others in their communities, the City, in partnership with Ithala will host Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women In Business Awards at Watefront Hotel on 27 August.

On 31 August the City will host the Women Empowerment Market Access and Supplier Development Engagement. For more information contact 031 311 4500 or email nonhlanhla.khumalo1@durban.gov.za

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