Women in Business Association recently hosted their first fundraising event and with over 300 women in attendance, it proved a resounding success.
The success of the event was powered by a number of sponsors who also had the opportunity to showcase their products and services giving the women in attendance to interact with the representatives from the various companies.
The high tea’s attraction was the lineup that included heavy weights in the business fraternity and the opportunity to hear them speak and interact with them to talk shop is what the attendees were exposed to.
A worthy spend of their P250 on the ticket as many observed.
The jam packed afternoon was directed by Lorato Motshwarakgole, who many know from her role in the popular television soapie Generations. The women were spoilt for choice through the speakers that took to the podium.
The talks included remarks by Barclays Managing Director; Reinette van der Merwe, who was the guest speaker, astute business owner; Pinkie Setlalekgosi of Sprint Couriers, esteemed owner of a number businesses which include Nature Care Sally Pillar, Former Botswana Ambassador to India and prolific business woman Dorcus Kgosietsile amongst others.
The speakers offered insights of their journeys as they started off in business, citing hurdles they overcame and the success met through their unwavering spirit of hard work and determination.
The setting was Avani Hotel gardens on a glorious sun-kissed afternoon, the sunny weather perfectly complimenting the bright assortment of colours on show as the guests dressed up in their finery.
Many had gone to great lengths to adhere to the high tea theme and out came the fascinators and all size hats that matched the frocks.
This great effort didn’t go unnoticed and was rewarded through prizes for best hat and best outfit respectively.
In addition, the event was crafted to launch the Women in Business membership card and through an array of exhibition stalls give businesses a chance to expose and even sell their wares to participants.
The idea for the high tea was set on the backdrop of a traditional motshelo gathering.
An important fact highlighted by the guest speaker when delivering her key note address, Barclays Managing Director; Reinette van der Merwe. “Long before the advent of money, women used to come together and uplift each other in many aspects of their daily lives consequently proving the notion that “Together Everybody Achieves More” (TEAM) as they continue to build each other. Motshelo is an old Setswana practice that encourages the culture of saving as a group, be as friends; family or as a community at large. We have observed this tradition evolve over the years and now is being widely adopted by many.”
Guests were encouraged to follow the popular radio drama/program named Madi Majwana; Stories from your pocket; so as to empower themselves.
The show is aired on Yarona FM at 6:50am on Mondays, Duma FM 6:40pm on Fridays and Gabz FM 4:30on on Wednesdays.
For her part, the President of Women in Business, Tumi Mbaakanyi extended her gratitude to the women who graced the occasion and encouraged continued dialogue amongst all.
She implored the women to take advantage of the various platforms available to them not just the financial assistance but also the mentorship platforms offered by institutions and individuals with a keen interest to grow numbers of women in business.
Reiterating Mbaakanyi’s sentiments, Setlalekgosi urged the women to be diligent in their delivery.
“Don’t be the business owner that waits at home expecting dividends but rather be the business owner that rolls up their sleeves and actively takes part in all aspects of your business.”
She highlighted the importance of caring for the most key aspect of business being human resource. “The success of business lies in its people.
When a business owner takes charge and is mindful that his/her employees ‘s welfare comes first, then the employees will give their all to the business with very little pushing from the owners.
In conclusion she beseeched the women to desist from being quick to spend but rather to plough back profits/dividends back into the business.
When unveiling the women in business membership card, another force to reckon with in the business industry and an extensive involvement in the formation of WIBA, Orefitlhetse Masire also pledged her services through her x training consultancy.
The unveiled WIBA membership card affords members unique access with notable discounts to a collection of services. Some of the services include
1. Oarabile Pitso Attorneys 20% discount for all legal issues
2. The Voice 18% discount for advertising, editorial etc.
3. Vantage Properties 20% discount for property valuations
4. Infinity Media 20% discount for media management and marketing
5. GDT Faithful Proxies 30% discount for accounting, secretarial and auditing
6. Lady Vanessa 10% beauty spa, 5% hair saloon, 5% guest house, 5% training at beauty academy
7. Mmemme CPA 10% for financial services
The WIBA executive was hailed for its astounding delivery by their counterparts; North West Business Forum.
Its President, Slyvia Leabile acknowledged the hard work it takes to build a relevant association that would grow its mandate and membership to be enjoyed for a longtime.
“It is impressive to be amongst like minds exchanging ideas; only greatness can come of this gathering.”
The afternoon ended in a networking session and enjoyment of the scrumptious spread prepared for the undeniably one of a kind gathering.