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Thousands celebrate International Women’s Day Print E-mail
09 March 2017
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Thousands of women across Johannesburg gathered at the Nasrec Expo Centre on the outskirts of Soweto to celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday March 8.

The event was not only aimed at marking the day but also at empowering businesswomen with information on how to grow their businesses.

Susan Shabangu, Minister of Women in the Presidency, said South Africa was a vibrant country that believed in creating an environment allowing women businesses to thrive. “We celebrate and recognise the contribution made by women in turning South Africa into a democratic country,” said Shabangu.

She encouraged women to follow their dreams. “I am impressed by the number of young women who have thriving businesses. I want to encourage all other women who are thinking of starting their own businesses to take a leap of faith. Being a woman should not be an obstacle to scaling greater heights,” said Shabangu.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said empowering women was changing the way the world worked. “You need to look for mentors to help you restructure, grow and open up opportunities for your business,” he said.

Makhura said that women were doing well and needed to be supported. “[The Gauteng Provincial Government] empowers women with bursaries, programmes and employment opportunities. Do what you love, be passionate and always follow your dreams. You are a conqueror,” said Makhura.

Malvern resident Natasha Masikati exhibited her handmade jewellery at the three-day seminar. “This is a great opportunity for me. As a young and upcoming jewellery designer, it gives me the opportunity to meet other young women who have the same passion as me,” said Masikati.

She said being part of the seminar had been very insightful. “I’ve come to realise that I can do so much more than just jewellery and exhibiting at the Maboneng Precinct. There are endless opportunities in Johannesburg and I believe if I grow my business I’ll be able to make a significant contribution to the city’s economy,” said Masikati.

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Last Updated on 09 March 2017