On a quest to be #Bold for Change on International Women’s Day, 250 women from all walks of life will gather at The Hilton hotel, to discuss and trade ideas on how to better empower the women of South Africa through access to information.
This stimulating gathering of women will coincide with the launch of the Motsepe Foundation’s The Little Black Book for Women; A Resource Guide For Women Across South Africa.
The panellists and attendees will be invited to discuss the following topics:
Health: Improving Women’s health outcomes through access to information.
Media: How media can facilitate access to information and technologies which can lead to or results in women empowerment.
Education: Education and Information as a site or anchor for women’s empowerment.
Business and Financing: Access to information to make informed business and financial decisions.
|07h30 –09h00||Registration and breakfast||All|
|Programme Director: Ms Iman Rappetti|
|09h00 – 09h10||Opening and welcome||Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe|
|09h10 – 09h20||Setting the scene||Prof Puleng Lenka Bula|
|MEDITATION WITH DR ELA MANGA|
|09h25 – 10h00||Working sessions 1. Health 2. Media||Prof Naidoo Iman Rappetti|
|10h00 – 10h15||Tea Break||All|
|10h15 – 10h45||Working sessions 3. Education 4. Business||Prof Puleng Lenka Bula Ms Matsi Modise|
|10h45 – 11h45||Plenary session||Ms Iman Rappetti|
|11h45 – 11h55||Gender Responsive Budgeting Initiative||Mr Len Verwey|
|11h55 – 12h10||Keynote address||Mrs Zanele Mbeki|
|12h10 – 12h25||Book Launch||Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe|
|MEDITATION WITH DR ELA MANGA|
|12h30 – 12h45||Wrap up Closure/ vote of Thanks||Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe|
|12h45 – 14h00||Lunch and departure||All|
Panellists & Supervisors:
Prominent journalist Iman Rappetti is the host of PowerTalk weekdays 9-12pm.
She is also a senior anchor on independent news channel eNCA. She brings to POWER House her diverse skills as an incisive interviewer and empathetic but firm listener, as she unearths the key issues that lie at the heart of society.
Len Verwey is an economist who has worked as a researcher and research manager for a leading African democracy NGO, as an independent consultant, and currently as a policy analyst in the national Economic Development Department.
As a researcher with Idasa, he focused on poverty alleviation, socio-economic rights realization, and good budgetary governance. He edited the first book-length exploration of Parliamentary budget amendment power in this period.
After Idasa closed he consulted in various areas including tax justice, municipal services, climate finance and budgeting for vulnerable groups.
In his current position at the Economic Development Department he provides analysis with a focus on jobs-rich, inclusive economic growth.
Y. Obenewa Amponsah
Ms. Y. Obenewa Amponsah was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the Harvard Centre for African Studies in South Africa (CAS). Prior to joining CAS, Obenewa served as the CEO of the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF), a community development organization inspired by the legacy of the late anti-apartheid activist Bantu Stephen Biko. Beyond the community development sector, Obenewa also has expansive experience in governance and development, attained during her service as a Senior Consultant with GoodWorks International; as well as her time as the Administrator of the African Presidential Archives & Research Centre.
Of Ghanaian descent, Obenewa was born and raised in the Washington DC area. She holds undergraduate and masters degrees in international relations from Boston University and the University of the Witwatersrand respectively.
Also, a life coach and public speaker, Obenewa mentors young women; and advises non-profit organizations.
Dr Gail Andrews
Dr Gail Andrews is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the Department of Health. She holds a PhD in Public Health from the University of the Western Cape (2004) and Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wales, College of Medicine (1991). She graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a BCur degree (1981) and an Hons BCur (cum laude) (1986), with specialisation in Community Nursing Science and Psychiatric Nursing. She has extensive senior management experience in policy, programming and research, plus expertise in public health; specifically the intersection of health systems research and strengthening with women’s health, maternal health, and HIV and AIDS.
Dr Nomonde Buyisiwe Mabuya
Dr Nomonde Buyisiwe Mabuya is a founding member and CEO of NHS (Pty) Ltd since 2004.
She is a qualified Occupational, Travel Health, Aviation and Disability Medicine Practitioner, with more than 20 years of corporate experience offering South African employers quality occupational health programs and employee wellbeing programs.
She is passionate about driving workplace Health and Safety programs to ensure that South African employers see employees as a strategic asset in their companies.
She is also a non- executive director of AON South Africa, Armcoil Africa, PTY), Ltd, Thebe Investment Corporation and a chairman & trustee of Golela Trust ( SKF.com) an organization that is funding female 2nd year mechanical engineering students in South Africa at both Technikons and universities.
Magdalene is a Specialist Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Registered General Nurse and Midwife.
She lectured part- time at The University of Witwatersrand for Masters Students in Oncology Nursing Science, and at MEDUNSA for the B. Cur third Year Students. She was Oncology Case Manager and AID For AIDS HIV cancer management at Medscheme for five years.
Magdalene was awarded the Benade Award for Leadership in Oncology Nursing, as well as the University of Cape Town Award for Excellence in Radiotherapy Nursing in 1991.
In 2009, she was appointed as Head of Advocacy for CANSA. In addition to serving on the boards of various commitees, Magdalene also serves on the National Department of Health Tobacco Products Control Committee and the Cervical Cancer Policy Review Committee at the Directorate Women’s Health.
Magdalene recently trained in Health Technology Assessment, Enhancing Outreach through Strategic Communications and Awareness through Social Media.
Bronwyn Nielsen has been with CNBC Africa since its launch in 2007 and comes with over 15 years of experience in the African broadcasting industry.
Some of her highlights at CNBC Africa include the hosting the live CNBC Africa Debates at the World Economic Forum in Davos from January 2013 through to 2017.
Africa Business News (ABN) appointed Bronwyn Nielsen as the executive director to the group in 2012 and in addition as Editor-in-Chief of CNBC Africa in 2013. Bronwyn sets the content agenda for the companies within the ABN Group as well as drives the group’s strategic growth opportunities.
Bronwyn has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Cape Town and has completed an executive education course at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Professor Pamela Naidoo
Professor Pamela Naidoo is the CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa (HSFSA). She is a public health and behavioural medicine specialist with 29 years of experience in the health sector spanning both non-communicable and communicable diseases.
Professor Naidoo held a long-standing job as a Professor at the University of the Western Cape, followed by an appointment as the Research Director of the Psychosocial Well-Being and Behavioural Interventions programme at the SA Human Sciences Research Council, prior to taking up her current position.
She also currently holds an Extraordinary Professorship in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences at the University of the Western Cape and is Professor Extraordinaire at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University. Professor Naidoo is also a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher which acknowledges the scientific contribution she has made to the field of health through journal publications and other forms of knowledge dissemination.
Faith is the CEO and founding member of WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH), a strategic transformational investor founded and led by women. Faith has been associated with WDB for over 20 years. Faith serves on the JSE listed boards of Discovery Limited and Safari RSA Investments. She also sits on the board of Seed Engine, a supporter and funder of SMME’s and International Housing Solutions, an unlisted Private Equity Fund.
Faith has extensive experience in financial services, corporate and investment banking, strategy development and leadership.
Faith completed her BA Economics Honours and a MBA at Wheaton College and Bentley Graduate School of Business, respectively, in the USA. She also completed an HDIP Tax from the University of Johannesburg and participated at the Columbia University (New York) Executive Leadership Programme in the latter part of 2007. Faith is also a member of International Women’s Forum (South Africa). In May 2016, Faith received an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from Wheaton College in recognition of her role in the upliftment of rural women in South Africa through WDB.
Ms Mthethwa holds an MBA Corporate Finance from the University of Sheffield, and an MSc Economics (thesis not defended) from the University of Paris 2. In July 2005 Ms Mthethwa was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF, a leading development finance institution that was created by Dr Nelson Mandela’s Government in order to bridge the economic divide in South Africa, by growing black economic participation in a country where the discredited system of apartheid left the black majority outside the economic mainstream.
Ms Mthethwa’s experiences encompass both private and public sector activities and provide the NEF with unparallelled understanding of the environment in which the organisation operates
Ms Mthethwa is Chairman of Group Five and serves on the Boards of Sanlam Limited, Sanlam Life Insurance Limited and the Industrial Development Corporation, companies which are market leaders in their sectors. Among her many accolades, Ms Mthethwa was the recipient of the Corporate Business Woman of the Year (Business Women’s Association) award in 2011.
Dr Danisa Baloyi
Dr Danisa Baloyi is a Management Consultant by training. She is the current President of the Black Business Council (BBC) and sits on The Council and Executive Committee and Management Committee of the Black Business Council of South Africa, an Apex business body that sits on the Presidential Working Group on Business. She also Champions the course of Women in Business in South Africa. Presently, she co-chairs the UK/South African Business Council and sits on the Iran/South Africa Business Council. She has been integral in the business arena particularly as a Commissioner for Black Economic Empowerment, a Commission that changed how business is done in South Africa. She is also the President of International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) part of a global organization. She has been appointed onto the five-member South Africa BRICSA Business Council to represent South Africa.
She is a business development specialist and strategist and serves as a Coach and Mentor to many young South Africans. A savvy entrepreneur, Sensas Communications and South African Woman Investment Holdings (SAWIH).
Managing Director of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship in South Africa. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings, a Pan African enterprise development advisory and investment firm. Her experience ranges from Investment Banking at Investec Bank Ltd, and Enterprise Development advisory with South African banks, institutions of higher learning and corporate entities.
She currently sits on various boards and committees, including the Barclays Africa Shared Growth Advisory Board and the Agri-Vie Private Equity Fund.
In 2016, she was selected by the WEF as one of the Top 50 Global Shapers to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and was named one of the Top 30 African leaders in technology, business, art, science, politics, design and media by Quartz Media Africa.
She has won numerous awards and global recognition and was named one of the Top 100 Young Independent Disruptors by Independent Day Media, and the Coca – Cola Young Achiever of the year award at the Women In Leadership – Africa Summit 2013. Matsi hosts a weekly business mentorship show on SAfm and Radio 2000 and is a guest contributor on Destiny Magazine.
Sindi is currently the Chair of AWCA Investment Holdings. She is a Chartered Accountant by profession with advanced experience gained from Public and private sector industries. Her illustrious career includes being Managing Director of Viamax Logistics (a subsidiary of the Transnet Group), Group CFO of Transnet, and Executive Partner at Ernst & Young. Sindi has also served on a number of boards including Transnet, SAA, South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, MTN, SANRAL and Armscor which she also had to chair temporarily.
Her current board positions include Adcorp, Altron Group, MTN Zakhele and Toyota SA. She is the Founder Member and Former President of African Women Chartered Accountants Forum, a professional organisation that empowers aspiring and qualified Black women Chartered Accountants
In addition to Finance, Sindi has a special interest in Governance, Strategy and Business Process Improvement , Talent Management and Risk Management.
In 2004, Sindi has been named one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in South Africa by the Financial Mail and was a Finalist for the Business Woman Award of South Africa. Sindi was in 2013 nominated by The CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Public Sector.
Dr Ela Manga
Dr ElEla Manga is an integrated medical practitioner and author with 15 years’ experience in supporting individuals and teams to manage the effects of stress through her unique holistic approach that combines the principles of eastern philosophy, yoga, breathwork practices, mindfulness and western medicine principles.
Her current focus is on energy management and the effects of burnout in today’s fast-paced environment. Her passion is to bring mindfulness back to medicine and to inspire conscious living as a way to support wellbeing.
She runs regular workshops and training sessions for breathwork practitioners and is the co-founder and creator of the BreathTech app which will be launched in June 2017. She is also in the process of creating the first breathwork school in Africa.
Ela works in the corporate environment as a speaker and facilitator at wellness workshops and events. She is a consultant to and one of the co- creators of the Energy Journey at Deloitte SA. Ela also regularly contributes to health publications including Longevity magazine and appears as a guest on various TV and radio shows. Her book, ‘ The Energy Code’ published by Jacana media is due for release in June 2017.
Nozipho is the CEO of The Talent Firm – a specialized talent management firm advising on millennial talent in South Africa.
She is also an internationally acclaimed conference moderator, in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate intelligent conversations with depth and breadth. She has moderated conversations at the WEF, United Nations agencies including UN Women, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund amongst other global bodies.
She extends her prowess in dialogue to CNBC Africa where as an award-winning journalist, she broadcasts financial markets shows into to 48 African and her broadcast niche lies in the political economy, development finance, gender mainstreaming, and youth development.
Nozipho is a faculty member for Duke CE in Africa, and has worked in The Presidency in South Africa, the Mayor’s Office in Washington DC, Umlambo Foundation, as well as Tata Africa in Johannesburg.
She is an alumnus of the University of London with a Masters in International Studies, Stellenbosch Business School with a Masters in Development Finance – cum laude and the University of Pretoria (Hons: International Relations).
Consistent with her commitment to using her talents to effect meaningful change, Nozipho launched The WoCode Dialogue, a platform for young professional women to engage on issues emanating from the workplace, in 2016.
Nomshado Twala is a well-established media and public relations practitioner who has over 25 years of experience in the various disciplines.
She brings a wealth of skilled knowledge and a wide network in the media sector. With over a decade of marketing experience under her belt, Shado is currently managing her own entertainment business, Black Olive Entertainment. It is through this company that a platform for musical dialogue was established – The Sound Bites Series. Black Olive Entertainment has a new cultural platform, Afrika I Am.
In the late 1980’s Shado became a household name as a presenter on radio. During this time, Shado also wrote a few articles for national publications, such as the Sunday Times.
Over the years Shado’s voice has featured in various commercials and documentaries such as African Voices, and Love featuring Mr & Mrs Walter Sisulu. In 2011, she was inducted into the MTN Hall of Fame. Shado is the Chairperson of the Cape Craft Design Industries and the Panel of Experts for the Gugulethu Street Naming process. She also sits on the judging panel for The Mbokodo Awards, Youth Radio Awards and South Africa’s Got Talent.
Nolitha is a former Executive Director and Executive Vice President of Sasol. Her portfolio over the years was Strategy and Sustainability for the Petro chemicals giant, this included, Risk, health, environment, as well as Human Resources. Nolitha was also Chairman of Sasol Mining as well as a member of the Sasol Oil Board. She has served on various boards of companies including Harmony Gold mine, Woolworths Holdings, as well as being Deputy Chairman and Lead independent director of Datacentrix. Nolitha is a former President of the Black Management Forum and currently chairs its Council of elders. She is also a member of IWF and a Trustee of WDB, a women’s development micro financing institution. Nolitha has recently been appointed to the Afrox Board and will join the Anglo American Corporation board after its AGM on the 24th of April.2017.
Busisiwe (Busi) Mashiane is the Group Executive: Human Resources for African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).
Busi holds a Labour Relations Certificate, a B. Administration Degree in Industrial Psychology, and Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Business Leadership with Change Management Elective.
Busi has held a number of Human Resources Generalist positions during her career, growing and developing her skills from operational Human Resources to strategic Human Resources. During the past 19 years, she has served in a number of committees and led national and international Human Resources Teams including Africa, the United Kingdom, Europe, Switzerland and the Indian Ocean Region. Her experience gained ranges from diverse industries such as banking, telecoms, information technology, hospitality, manufacturing and mining.
Busi’s recent strategic achievements include driving transformation strategy, talent management, mentoring and skills development initiatives of young women, chairing Employment Equity session at the Mining Lekgotla in 2013 and being a judge in the rising star awards. She is a member in the following areas: United Nations to explore engagement on ‘issues of gender in extractive industries, Skills Development Working Group at BRICS level, WEF skills for Africa, and is a Remco Social and Ethics committee member for Women Development Investment Holdings.
Professor Pamela Naidoo, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Naidoo is the research director of the psychosocial well-being and behavioural interventions programme at the SA Human Sciences Research Council (link), and holds an extraordinary professorship in the faculty of community and health sciences at the University of the Western Cape (link).
Obenewa Amponsah, the Executive Director of the Harvard Centre for African Studies in South Africa (CAS) (link). In this role, Amponsah will be responsible for strategic and operational management of the Centre’s flagship Africa office, including developing the programmatic agenda.
Philisiwe Mthethwa, CEO of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) (link), an agency of the DTI (link), mandated to grow black economic participation focusing in promoting and facilitating black economic participation through the provision of financial and non-financial support to black-empowered businesses, as well as by promoting a culture of savings and investment among black people. The NEF provides business loans across a range of sectors, for start-up, expansion and equity acquisition purposes.
About the Book
A South African gem, The Precious Little Black Book has condensed into a single publication the most essential information every woman may need. From the domestic worker to the woman in the workplace or shelter in the rural areas, the intention of the book is to empower every woman by providing critical information in one, easy-to-use directory.
Chic and compact, this book is a powerful hub for all things important to women. Whether you need advice on funding your business, need pregnancy tips, or simply need a book detailing emergency numbers for your home, The Precious Little Black Book will help you in your time of need.
The Motsepe Foundation Aims to Empower Women Through Access to Information
On a mission to be bold for change and empower women at all levels with access to information, the Motsepe Foundation’s Women’s Unit will launch ‘The Little Black Book: A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa.
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 08 March 2017 – The Women’s Unit of the Motsepe Foundation launched The Little Black Book; A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton today. As part of the organisation’s drive to educate and empower women, the book will provide key information for women at all levels, across the country.
Businesswomen, health and academic professionals, international, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, have been invited to attend the launch. Through this diverse gathering of experts, the Women’s Unit aims to use the book launch and seminar to kick-start a joint commitment towards accelerating the upliftment of women in the country.
From the fields of health, education, media and business, the panellists will include: Dr Danisa Baloyi, the Executive Director of the National Black Business Caucus; Siki Mgabadeli, an award-winning financial journalist, anchor, producer and editor; Ronelle klinck, a Teacher Ambassador at Microsoft South Africa; Obenewa Amponsah, the Executive Director of the Harvard Centre for African Studies in South Africa (CAS); Bronwyn Nielsen, Head of Programming, Executive Director at CNBC Africa; and Philisiwe Mthethwa, CEO of the National Empowerment Fund (NEF); and Professor Pamela Naidoo, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
In a country where women play a significant role in their communities, and are often the decision-makers in their families, information is vital. The Women’s Unit believes in providing women with reliable, relevant and accessible information through technology, so that they can make informed decisions. The Foundation is determined to help raise the socio-economic status of women in South Africa, so they may be better positioned to contribute more effectively to their families and communities.
“Information and technology are the two levers that can symbiotically give women access to information, such as tips and advice on health, business, legal matters, family issues, finance, and education,” says Motsepe Foundation co-chair and CEO, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe.
The theme of the event is #BeBoldForChange – which is the theme for the 2017 United Nations’ International Women’s Day.
Using the book as the basis of the seminar, guests and panel members will be encouraged to tackle information issues around;
Health: Improving Women’s health outcomes through access to information and technology.
Media: Do the media facilitate access to information, through technology, which lead to women empowerment?
Education: Information and technology as an anchor for women’s empowerment.
Business and Financing: Access to information and technology to make informed business and financial decisions.
The Motsepe Foundation has partnered with public and private institutions to ensure that women at all levels, both in rural and urban regions, are able to easily access the book. Print and electronic versions of the book will be made available through the Foundation’s partnered institutions, and on the Women’s Unit page of the Motsepe Foundation website.
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About the Motsepe Foundation:
The Motsepe Foundation was established in 1999 by the Founder, Patrice Motsepe, and Co-Founder, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. The Motsepe Foundation was the first family-owned organisation on the African continent to join The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.
The Motsepe Foundation has since worked with international and local partners to achieve its vision to alleviate poverty and sustainably improve the living standards of the poor, the unemployed and the marginalised people of South Africa.
The Foundation’s key programme areas focus on: education, health, economic development, women’s empowerment, youth empowerment, sports and art. As part of its commitment to women’s empowerment, the Motsepe Foundation established the Women’s Unit. This Unit focuses on a variety of programmes in social entrepreneurship, bursaries for girls studying in the STEM fields (which is part of the Foundation’s commitment to ensuring that 50% of University students are female), sports initiatives through netball, music programmes through the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, the Gender-Responsive Budgeting Initiative (GRBI), and its latest initiative – The Little Black Book for Women.