ESSENCE FESTIVAL HOSTS THE WOMEN ECONOMIC ENGAGEMENT BREAKFAST
Written by: Elizabeth Kunene & Shanice Pillay
Influential women from various sectors got together on Thursday to share their experiences and network at the Essence Festival Women Economic Engagement Breakfast.
In its third year, the Essence Festival continues to help Durbanites to celebrate and network with people all over Africa and the world. Dr Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede were some of the most influential women at the seminar.
Dlamini-Zuma highlighted the importance of women in South Africa and how they can contribute to and get involved in different sectors for the growth of the economy.
“In South Africa I don’t think we can succeed to tackle unemployment, inequality or poverty if we don’t ensure that women are part of the driving force to our agenda,” said Dlamini-Zuma.
She added by reminding those in attendance of the celebration of struggle stalwart, Oliver Tambo, and his birthday next month.
“Tambo taught us that no country is free unless if its women are free,” she said.
Durban University of Technology Alumnus and owner of Mabotho Design, Thobekile Mkhize, was honoured with the best black women-owned business at the SMME Excellence Award at the festival. Mkhize showered Dlamini-Zuma with one of her designer bags.
Chief of Essence Festival, Vanesa Daluka was also there to inspire and thank South Africans for welcoming the festival.
“I am happy. The Essence Festival has a connection with the people of Durban and its culture, and this is why we actually came back. It’s like going to a party with a purpose,” Daluka said.
The festival is running from the 26th September to 01st October 2017. Most of the entries are free and people are encouraged to join the festival and network with people from all over the world.
*Caption: Nkosazane Dlamini-Zuma and Zandile Gumede receiving her gift from Mabotho Designs.