2014 Press Release

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Women, The Real Architects of Society is an annual women’s event which took place on Saturday 30 August 2014 at the International Convention Centre (CSIR) in the city of Tshwane.  “I launched the Women, Real Architects of Society platform in 2011 and as per previous years, we celebrated womanhood, provided an invaluable networking platform for participants and examined key topics specifically to empower and assist South African women in all aspects of their lives.  Saturday’s event touched and inspired so many to go out and make a productive and significant difference in our country,” says Joan Ramagoshi Madibeng, former Miss South Africa 2003, business woman and philanthropist.

Guests learnt great lessons from some of South Africa’s finest entrepreneurs and leaders including Phuti Mahanyele, Shanduka Group CEO, Jenna Clifford, world-renowned jewellery designer, Dion Chang, corporate trend analyst and design consultant and Tumi Frazier, Author, speaker, professional coach and business consultant.
Phuti Mahanyele was the first key note speaker where she challenged participants to take action through courage and make change by taking steps, leaps and or jumps in order to grow.  "I believe in a life of boldness. Take opportunities where they are available and believe in yourself. Do that thing that you always wanted to do. You are the CEO of your own life. Who you are may be even bigger than what the people closest to you can see,” says Phuti Mahanyele.
Tumi Frazier emphasized that you need to do whatever it takes to be the best and not to forget to live. “Issues won't be resolved unless you and I do something about it. Remember that you are here for a purpose, create a legacy and enjoy every moment,” says Tumi Frazier.
Analyst Dion Chang presented a talk on "The Female Century" - a trend that flux trends have been tracking for several years now. “It is not a gender concept but more importantly a shift in thinking: left brain versus right brain, if you will. For an ever complex world we are moving into, it is essential to rethink how we do things, and for far too long the world has been viewed from a very male dominant perspective. The time to think differently is now,” says Dion Chang.
Jenna Clifford empowered the audience with her business success stories and encouragement that persistence breaks resistance.

Molebatsi  Bopape, MEC for Gauteng SACR  concluded the powerful event by reinforcing the message to be honest with yourself. 10 Learners also received the opportunity to attend short courses in visual communication including special hampers.
Guests also enjoyed top entertainment which included award winning soul, House duo, Liquideep and Musa Sukwene last year’s idol winner. Guests were also spoilt with loads of prizes to the value of over R250 000 which included Jenna Clifford jewellery, getaway vouchers, spa treatments and lots more.

Sponsors for the event included the City of Tshwane , SAP , Department of Gauteng Sports arts and culture and Albany.
The event was preceded by two days of activity a career expo which allowed 200 students and young graduates to engage with corporates for employment opportunities, key study areas in varsity and available bursaries as well as an intergeneration day where guests of all ages shared and discussed current issues in today’s society. Both these events were hosted at Freedom Park in the city of Tshwane.
"My philosophy is to love, inspire and make a difference and I can’t wait to see how our guests are going to move forward and make a difference in our society,” says Joan Madibeng.


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