New vision for young women

Gillian McAinsh

A PORT Elizabeth entrepreneur will host a business networking event this weekend to boost young women and highlight the value of human capital.

Vision4 Women will host “Beyond the Balance Sheet” at 2.30pm on Saturday, March 3, at Bayworld’s conference centre.

“By hosting this event we aim at assisting business owners and working women to think beyond financial success and to value human capital,” said Vision4 group founder Nosi Ncoyo.

“We would like to develop women of significance, therefore topics such as living a purposeful life, health, legal issues and building a healthy self-image will be addressed.”

“We will be training and mentoring Grade 12 girls from 14 township schools around the metro, and the programme focuses on workplace readiness and entrepreneurship,” said Ncoyo.

“In Beyond the Balance Sheet we will be introducing the girls to our Vision4 Women professionals, and recruiting them to mentor these girls.

“As part of our agenda for the day we will have a mock graduation ceremony where the girls who will be mentored by Vision4 women will ‘graduate’ to their future, for example, a girl aspiring to be a doctor will be wearing a graduation gown and called to receive her degree.”

The afternoon will feature talks by:

ýAttorney and conveyancer Thulisile Mhlungu, formerly of the Eastern Cape and who now lives in KwaZulu-Natal. She will share the importance of living a purposeful life.

When Mhlungu heard that school girls from poor families in South Africa stayed home from class three to five days each month when they have their menses, simply because they did not have access to affordable sanitary pads, she was moved to start her personal social action project.

The project is called Imbali and gives access to sanitary towels in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Mhlungu has adopted three schools and 20 young girls living in a children’s home outside of Durban and has committed to source and supply these young girls with free, quality sanitary towels for three years to encourage them to stay in school.

ýFellow attorney Nolwazi Boqwana, who specialises in labour law, has served as an acting judge in the labour court in Johannesburg and is a director at Thipa Incorporated Attorneys.

Boqwana will talk on the importance of taking care of legal issues such as contractual agreements..

ýDr Liyabona Mgolombane will be sharing the importance of taking care of health and how illnesses such as cancer and HIV/Aids affect the finances of a firm when not taken care of.

ýFormer model Perlusha Naidoo, owner of Lords Innovation modelling agency, will speak on balancing inner and outer beauty and the importance of building a healthy self image.

Entertainment will be provided by Phelo Bala of the famous singing Bala Brothers.

The conference centre can accommodate 150 guests and tickets cost R150 each.

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