Rachel Kolisi key-note speaker at glittering empowerment networking brunch in Kenilworth on 4th August

Rachel Kolisi, wife of the Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, will be the keynote-speaker at 1000 Women Summit, an empowerment networking brunch, on the 4th August. The glittering 1000 Women Trust-event, hosted in partnership with Pick ‘n Pay at the Pick ‘n Pay head office in Kenilworth, promises to be one of the highlights on Cape Town’s women’s business and social calendars for the year.

The brunch will focus on achieving gender equality through learning, connection and inspiration. Some of South Africa’s most inspirational women’s leaders, including Wendy Ackerman, Suzanne Ackerman, Tina Thiart and Kolisi, will be in attendance.

Kolisi is the co-founder of the Kolisi Foundation with the desire to change the story of inequality in South Africa with foundation projects ranging from gender-based violence to education and sports development.

1000 Women Trust in partnership with Pick ‘n Pay have presented business empowerment networking opportunities since 2020. The event on 4th August will be such an event, but now a face-to-face meeting.

There are 200 tickets available online at Webticket.

Guests will be able to visit stalls of displays of products from women owned businesses and listen to a fantastic line of speakers to ensure women are empowered and equipped with the right tools to start their own businesses. All information is available on this link https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1517020411

The event will run from 08h00 to 13h00. Registration will commence from 08h00 until 08h50 and the main event will start at 09h00.

Tina Thiart, trustee of 1000 Women Trust and co-founder of the organization, will conduct an all-important 1000 Women Trust report and overview at the event.

Wendy Ackerman, co-founder of 1000 Women Trust and executive director of Pick ‘n Pay stores, will welcome guests at the empowerment networking brunch.

In September 2021, Ackerman received the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Forbes Best of Africa awards. She became the first female director of a retail chain in South Africa when she joined Pick ‘n Pay in 1967. She was instrumental in the development of the Pick ‘n Pay brand alongside her husband, Raymond.

Suzanne Ackerman, a 1000 Women Trust ambassador and executive director of Pick ‘n Pay Stores, will also speak at the empowerment networking brunch.

Mishinga Seyuba Kombo, trustee of 1000 Women Trust and enterprise and supplier development manager at Pick ‘n Pay, will also address women at the 4th August-event.

“The theme of the networking brunch will be: ‘empower and inspire: realizing women’s rights for an equal future,” said Thiart.

1000 Women Trust launched an all-important women economic empowerment campaign in 2021 so that women who lost their enterprises, jobs or businesses through COVID-19, could relaunch it. The organization not only made business mentors available to the women, but also resources and networking opportunities.

“These business empowerment networking opportunities, like the one on 4th August at Pick ‘n Pay’s head office is pivotal, as women are pivotal to a growing economy in South Africa.

“According to a Flux Trends Report, women contribute more than 48 % to the Gross Domestic Product,” said Thiart.

“Yet according to the International Labour Organization, the gender median gap between women and men in the workplace is still between 23 and 35 %. We must close that gap.

“According to research by Development Economics, women-owned businesses established between 2018 and 2022 may generate about R175 billion a year and create close to 1 million jobs to the SA economy. The World Bank also states that women are critical to job creation,” said Thiart.

“The role of 1000 Women Trust and Pick ‘n Pay – through business empowerment networking opportunities like that on 4th August – is important to inspire and motivate women-led businesses,” she said.

“We have 270 women who are part of our 1000 women restart Whatsupp-group and whom we impact daily through resources, business mentorship, business ideas and networking the past year,” said Thiart. “Many women-owned businesses have made significant strides thanks to this support network.

“At 1000 Women Trust as a non-governmental organization for women, we focus on creating awareness of domestic and gender-based violence, abuse and the empowerment of women. Our belief is that if women have access to information, skills and resources, they will find their own solutions to the problems of violence against women and girls. We are committed to ending gender-based violence and femicide in our society through various projects, grants and training initiatives.

“We must not only be aware of the enormous human capital loss due to gender-based violence. Economically gender-based violence cost the SA economy between R28.4 and R42.4 billion annually,” remarked Thiart.