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Grade 12 learners empowered and inspired at Annual BWA workshop

By Jesica Slabbert - Apr 25, 2017
Grade 12 learners empowered and inspired at Annual BWA workshop

“Maximizing your Potential,” was the theme and overriding message for the group of 100 matric girls invited to attend the ninth annual Port Elizabeth Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Grade 12 Workshop, held at Linkside High School on Friday, 21st April.


This is one of the BWA’s key initiatives since 2009, reaching out to young girls preparing for their future after school.


The inspiring and informative workshop, presented to learners from 10 schools in the city, covered motivational topics such as “Leaving a Trail,” presented by Nozibele Qamngana (external relations manager at Ubuntu Education Fund) to making an impact during the recruitment process by Nikki Hynch (MPC Recruitment) and the pitfalls in the social media minefield by Liesl Fourie (lawyer, NMMU).

Other speakers included Bernadette Nel-Naudé (Atlas Security) who shared personal safety tips, Bajabulile Mayaka, who is part of the Golden Key NMMU Chapter, who inspired the learners with her talk titled “I”, and Hlubi Hewitt Coleman who shared with them “Tips to Maximise their Potential”.


BWA chairperson Michelle Brown urged the girls to follow the organisation’s philosophy by passing on their newfound knowledge. “At BWA we strive to lead the way for younger generations of businesswomen to develop, be empowered and inspired so that they, in turn, can leave a legacy for others to follow,” she said.

This year, participating schools included Cillie, Linkside, Walmer, Booysens Park, Ethembeni Enrichment Centre, Alexander Road, Otto du Plessis, Andrew Rabie, Tamsanqa High School and the Ubuntu Education Fund.

Attendees at the generously sponsored workshop each received a goody bag of gifts, a comprehensive manual of the morning’s presentations as well as enjoying a light lunch.


Students from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s voluntary leadership programme, Beyond the Classroom (BTC), helped bridge the generations and facilitated networking and discussion amongst the girls from different schools and backgrounds.

“Once again, we at BWA are thrilled to host these young women, and through our partnerships with Global Load Control and Algoa Bus Company, we are paying it forward by informing, advising and developing said young women to hopefully make their way in the world post-school", said Michelle Brown.