A NATURAL activist and proponent for women empowerment, eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has called on members of the Business Council for Africa to deliberately drive programmes that will favour the growth of women.
Mayor Gumede was leading a Municipal delegation, comprising senior Councillors and officials, during their trade and investment mission in the United Kingdom from 22 to 24 March. She participated in a high-level panel of women leaders who gathered at the Law Society in London to explore practical ways for women to succeed as leaders in government and business.
To ensure the radical economic empowerment of women, Mayor Gumede told delegates that eThekwini Municipality hosts a range of programmes aimed at upskilling women in various fields. “We have approved a framework for Radical Economic Transformation through which we seek to empower women owned businesses through Municipal contracts. As the political leadership of the Metro, we have directed that 30 percent of all contracts above R30 million be set aside for enterprises owned by women, youth and persons living with disability,” she said.
The KwaZulu-Natal proposition was well received by investors who attended the meetings. “Our mission to the UK has been a huge success. We presented opportunities in the trade and investment sector as well as in the creative industry. The teams will be facilitating further engagement to ensure that we swiftly pursue all identified opportunities,” added Mayor Gumede.