SA Top Female Entrepreneurs Open Up About The Challenges They Face Doing Business In South Africa in a feature that seeks to highlight the milestones of SA top businesswomen and challenges these entrepreneurs have had to navigate as women entrepreneurs to achieve their major milestones. See Our “SA Top Female Entrepreneurs Open Up About The Challenges They Face Doing Business In South Africa” list below.
“There is no doubt that we need more women representation in business. Women-owned companies are good for the country as a whole. We can make a concerted effort to reach more women who are currently under-served by the big corporations. For example, indications are that women are starting businesses at a higher rate than men, yet they are less likely to receive financial backing for their enterprises. I believe that it is specifically because of the challenges we have faced as a woman-owned business that we can use our experience to empower others.” – Xoliswa Bebula ( Mazwe Financial Services)
It is not a myth that it is harder for a woman than a man to establish themselves. Our country is very unequal and a black woman has to work so much harder than a man. But depending on your level of determination and the strength of your network, success is inevitable (of course that depends on your interpretation of success). – Melanie Medell (Melaire Linens)
People take time to accept change especially since the industry has been dominated by the likes of Disney and Barbie who’ve been around for decades. Finances to create the animation which is the core of the brand. – Thabisile Mthethwa (Dudu And Sipho Pty Ltd)
“Over the years, many women have entered the world of business and made meaningful contributions, but there is still room for more.” – Zohra Khan (ZK ROOF TILE MANUFACTURERS)
“There are not enough companies in the basic and specialty chemical sector, especially producers/ manufacturers. Indeed, more women need to be represented in this sector. This sector is largely dominated by white males from overseas and by multi-national companies. More black women-owned companies are needed to enter this industry.” – Yvonne Rakhuduwe ( Bokone Gas)