MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN 2016/17

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​THE LEADING EDGE | From Strength to Strength

The ongoing willingness to keep learning, growing and developing are the things that keep Carla da Silva, Regional Director for Air Mauritius, ticking. Dispite challenges in Africa’s rapidly growing economy, Carla continues to thrive and this is why she is one of our leadership icons. Starting from humble beginnings as an air hostess in the aviation sector, she has grown from strength to strength. 

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THE LEADING EDGE | Appreciating Women who paved the way

At the helm of the South African Department of Defence and Mility Veterans is Hon. Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. She discusses the department’s need to develop a footprint in the global defence network and how this will work for the greater good of the nation. Minister Mapisa-Nqakula states that we must never underestimate the role played by women in South Africa’s history. Just as they selflessly fought back then, so will they continue protecting South Africa and its future generations.

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X&Y | On a Personal Note

Annelize Wepener grew up in Vereeniging, South Africa and attended the Vaal University of Technology. She began her career as a secretary in 1981 but it was when she joined Avroy Shlain Cosmetics that she began to make a name for herself. She went from success to success and became the youngest Regional Director in South Africa. With a passion for business and an eagerness to meet a demand in the market she launched CEO Communications.

 

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X&Y | Women Shifting the Norms

Who are the women of Africa that are making a difference? Why is it important to recognise them? What impact are they making? All questions that are asked on a regular basis. In an attempt to seek answers it is useful to review the business landscape on the Continent. 

 

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X&Y | Unwavering Servitude to South Africa

Commander Mokhele, he is the Patron of Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government programme. Over the years Commander Tsietsi Mokhele has been unequivocal about his dedication to the service of the people of South Africa. This dedication is evidenced in the journey that Commander Mokhele has been on since the young age of 19 when he joined the few brave South Africans who refused to accept the trajectory that South African was set on. The Commander endured a forced absence from his loved ones by being exiled at the age of 20 and having to be tried and unjustly jailed at the age 22.

 

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Case in Point | A Host with Style and Elegance

Midrand Conference Centre has been nominated as one of the top two conference venues in Gauteng by the Star Readers’ Choice Awards. It was also voted one of the top two wedding venues in Gauteng by the prestigious ABIA annual Brides’ Choice Awards and given the 2014 Award of Excellence by www.booking.com’s guests. This award winning venue is the perfect host for any kind of event. Situated across the road from the Gallagher Convention Centre and between the largest business hubs of Pretoria and Johannesburg, the Centre offers hospitality and service unparalleled in the industry.

 

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Case in Point | Opening Up Foreign Markets

EgyptAir is one of the most valuable aviation companies in Africa. It is the major employer in a sector that boasts 197 000 jobs in Egypt. This total, says, Ashraf Hakim Alsayad, Regional General Manager of EgypyAir South Africa, is further broken down in the following manner: 53 000 jobs are directly supported by the aviation sector;  97 000 jobs indirectly supported through the aviation sector’s supply chain; and 46 000 jobs supported through the spending by the employees of the aviation sector and its supply chain. In addition there are a further 1 384 000 people employed through the catalytic (tourism) effects of aviation, he states. 

 

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CASE IN POINT | The Premier League of Africa's Professional Speakers

The art of attracting blue chip corporate’s most influential women to excitedly spend their invaluable time at a conference is rare. The most experienced marketing professionals know that not only do you have to offer them an exceptional speaker, the speaker themselves have to own the type of influence that those women will admire and respect. 

 

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CASE IN POINT | Leading in Defence Acquisition

The defence of any sovereign nation is critical to its survival. Not only does the country need a well-trained and reliable defence force but it requires a well-oiled defence material acquisition arm. South Africa has Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa which is the only entity of its kind in the country and on the continent. Advocate Vuyisa Ramphele, General Manager of Corporate Compliance at the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), says her organisation is a leader in defence material acquisition. 

 

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CASE IN POINT | Closing the Gap in Defence

The defence of any sovereign nation is critical to its survival. Not only does the country need a well-trained and reliable defence force but it requires a well-oiled defence material acquisition arm. South Africa has Armscor, the Armaments Corporation of South Africa which is the only entity of its kind in the country and on the continent. Advocate Vuyisa Ramphele, General Manager of Corporate Compliance at the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), says her organisation is a leader in defence material acquisition. 

 

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