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Female entrepreneurs armed with essential leadership skills
​Dr Judy Dlamini (centre) was honoured by Deputy Mayor
Fawzia Peer and Hawa Charfaray from Training Excellence,
for her role in developing young business women.
WOMEN in the business sector were equipped with essential leadership skills when they participated in the African Women Leadership Summit hosted by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development, a non-profit organisation, in Durban on 4 May.

Under the theme: “Improving Young Women’s Access to Mentors and Incubators: Educate, Develop, Engage & Empower”, the summit served as a platform for young women in the business sector to discuss gaps and issues affecting them in various areas of their lives. It also aimed to bring together women who have succeeded in their professional lives, and who embody the qualities of leadership with those who are still upcoming so that the can share ideas and impart knowledge.

EThekwini Municipality’s Deputy Mayor Fawzia Peer said that although many strides had been made to economically liberate women, a lot still needs to be done to put women in leadership positions in government and business. She urged women to find something they are passionate about and turn that into a business opportunity. “If you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life,” she said.

Keynote speaker, Dr Judy Dlamini said women development has the direct impact on raising the quality of life in any society because naturally females are nurturers. “We have the capacity to take care of everyone. We have empathy and are good listeners. Those are key qualities for any leader.”
Dr Dlamini emphasised the importance of creating networks and collaborations between women so they can learn from each other and grow in their respective businesses.

The summit ended with a gala evening and awards ceremony to honour some of the women who have distinguished themselves and truly excelled in their professional lives, demonstrating innovation, leadership, talent, a strong sense of self-worth, hard work and success-driven work ethics.

vuyo.ndlovu@durban.gov.za 
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