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Women urged to inspire change

02 September 2016
Caroline Swarts of Karlola Trading, Hantie van der Westhuizen, Maryette Bakkes of Origin Design and Masimanye Bricks' Nosisi Dayimani all celebrated their birthdays during the month of August and were given locally hand-made bracelets as presents at the Kouga Women in Business and Tourism Networking Session last week.

Caroline Swarts of Karlola Trading, Hantie van der Westhuizen, Maryette Bakkes of Origin Design and Masimanye Bricks' Nosisi Dayimani all celebrated their birthdays during the month of August and were given locally hand-made bracelets as presents at the Kouga Women in Business and Tourism Networking Session last week.

Francine Zana (centre) of Exclusive Hospitality Concepts was a guest speaker at the Kouga Women in Business and Tourism Networking Session at the Cape St Francis Resort. With her are (from left) Kouga Local Economic Development Manager Vivian Blouw, Director for Local Economic Development, Tourism and Creative Industries Carleen Arends, Idols contestant Mecaila November, LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter and Cathy Madikane of Civil Constructions Skills Training CC.

Francine Zana (centre) of Exclusive Hospitality Concepts was a guest speaker at the Kouga Women in Business and Tourism Networking Session at the Cape St Francis Resort. With her are (from left) Kouga Local Economic Development Manager Vivian Blouw, Director for Local Economic Development, Tourism and Creative Industries Carleen Arends, Idols contestant Mecaila November, LED Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu, Tourism and Creative Industries Portfolio Councillor Frances Baxter and Cathy Madikane of Civil Constructions Skills Training CC.

Women should never settle for second best in the grisly world of business but strive to be catalysts for change and growth.

This was the message at the Kouga Women in Business and Tourism Networking Session held at the Cape St Francis Resort on Tuesday (30 Aug).

The event, organised by Kouga Municipality, drew businesswomen from various sectors across the Kouga area and marked the end of commemorations for Women’s Month.

Leading the motivations was Francine Zana from Port Elizabeth, who rose from being a cleaner at hotels to being owner of a hospitality training and consulting company called Exclusive Hospitality Concepts.

"We must not be found sitting around, waiting for handouts. Equally, when opportunities are presented to us, we must be willing to learn from those who have been in the industry longer than us," said Zana.

The event was not short of entertainment, with SA Idols contestant Mecaila November from Hankey sharing her talent with the audience.

Local Economic Development Portfolio Councillor Bryan Dhludhlu also showed his artistic side by reciting one of Maya Angelou’s poems Phenomenal Woman.

While doing the vote of thanks, Dhludhlu paid homage to the young girls at the Pretoria Girls High who were waging a fight against stereotypes on African hair.

"The actions of these young girls will change the whole discussion about perceptions of what African hair is. Women must be catalysts and influence for change when we discuss business moving forward," he said.