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More than 330 women entrepreneurs from the Nkangala district attended the Small Enterprise Development Agency’s (Seda) Women in Business seminar, held at the Witbank Civic Centre on 9 February 2010.

The one-day conference was hosted by Seda Mpumalanga, Nkangala Branch to raise awareness of the business development support, and small enterprise business opportunities, available to women entrepreneurs operating in the area.

In delivering the keynote address, Seda CEO, Hlonela Lupuwana, said women were an important entrepreneurial group in South Africa and needed appropriate business support.

“Seda has identified women as a key target group because, together with our children, they remain the most vulnerable sector of our society. Experience has shown that South Africa has a strong breed of woman, who has the ability and the determination to establish a new reality for herself through economic empowerment.

“As a yet greatly untapped resource, women represent an entrepreneurial group which is very much in need of the service which Seda’s mandate requires of it: to develop and support small enterprises in South Africa, ensuring their growth and sustainability, as well as encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship. We know there are many women who would leap at the chance to take their destinies into their own hands, if only they knew how to go about it,” she told delegates.

The seminar was opened by Nkangala District Municipality Speaker, Councillor Tiny Mthimunye, and included presentations by MEGA Head of Enterprise Development, Mr Sipho Marala; and Nkangala District Municipality Mayoral Committee member, Councillor Eva Makhabane, who highlighted the small enterprise opportunities that existed within the district.

Additional presentations were made by Business Partners, the South African Women Entrepreneurs Network (Sawen), the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), SARS and the National Youth Development Agency, which outlined the support services they could offer local women entrepreneurs. Finally, a representative from BHP Billiton discussed the procurement opportunities available to SMMEs within their organisation.

As part of the seminar, an exhibition showcasing successful local SMMEs, was also held. This provided delegates an opportunity to find out more about the support products available and hear firsthand of the entrepreneurial success of local women.

“We’ve received calls from a number of women saying how much they appreciated, and benefited from, the event,” said Busisiwe Hlatshwayo, Seda Mpumalanga marketing specialist. “Overall it was a very positive and informative seminar, which will go a long way to assisting women entrepreneurs in Nkangala.”



Seda – Small Enterprise Development Agency


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Linda Shilakwe

(011) 461 6694 or 084 597 8881


CLIENT CONTACT (Seda Mpumalanga)

Busisiwe Hlatshwayo – Seda Mpumalanga Marketing Specialist



013 755 6046


19th February 2010