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Roadshow aims to empower women entrepreneurs

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The National Empowerment Fund, in collaboration with the Presidency, premier’s offices, district municipalities, government entities and various stakeholders, will host Presidential Women Economic Empowerment Programme workshops in the Northern Cape this month.

The roadshow aims to equip emerging women entrepreneurs and informal traders with essential skills and resources. File picture: Chris Collingridge

THE NATIONAL Empowerment Fund (NEF) in collaboration with the Presidency, premier’s offices, district municipalities, government entities and various stakeholders will host the Presidential Women Economic Empowerment Programme (WEEP) workshops in the Northern Cape this month.

NEF spokesperson Dikatso Mothae said the national roadshow was designed to equip emerging women entrepreneurs and informal traders with essential skills and resources.

“Topics that will be covered include business compliance, procurement strategies, financial literacy, marketing and accessing funding opportunities,” said Mothae.

She said the workshops would take place at the Blou Dak hall at 1559 Goodhouseweg in Concordia on July 10, in the ZF Mgcawu District on July 17, in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District on July 18, in the Pixley ka Seme District on July 24 and in the Frances Baard District on July 25.

NEF acting chief executive officer Mziwabantu Dayimani said the workshops would empower women entrepreneurs with essential business skills and provide access to resources for economic independence.

He indicated that the programme was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This funding will enable WEEP to expand its reach and impact across communities, particularly in under-served areas like the Northern Cape. Through strategic partnerships and targeted interventions, we are determined to foster economic resilience and sustainable growth among women entrepreneurs,” Dayimani said.

The post-investment associate who oversees the NEF’s participation in WEEP, Siziwe Zulu, added that the initiative also aimed to redress economic imbalances among women.

“We aim to reduce gender-based violence by enhancing women’s economic self-reliance, especially historically disadvantaged groups including women, youth and rural communities.”

She encouraged all women in the region to attend the workshops, to access the practical knowledge and tools that would be made available to succeed in their businesses.

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