Getting to Know Nomgqibelo Mdlalose

Nomgqibelo Mdlalose is the new Knowledge Manager at the WDB Trust, but she also is happily “part of the WDB furniture”, so to speak. She has a wide knowledge of WDB due to her involvement with the organisation over many years, fuelled by a passion and dedication to women’s issues. By Denise Slabbert There’s something […]

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Living the essence of Zenzele

WDB’s Sibongiseni Malakoane speaks about the Zenzele journey and witnessing proud moments when families and communities are able to help themselves. Known as “Gogo” to many, as the WDB Programme Manager for Zenzele Development Programme, Sibongiseni Malakoane has witnessed abject poverty in South Africa’s rural areas as part of her everyday job. Being a sensitive […]

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Photo Essay: Mandela Day in Thulamela

The 18th of July is a very special day for many people around the country as we celebrate the incredible life and times of Nelson Mandela. International Mandela Day gives us the opportunity to find ways to give of our time and energy to others. For some it is 67 minutes (commemorating the number of […]

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The peace-loving banker who went to war on poverty

Many of the principles of Professor Muhammad Yunus, who put microfinance centre-stage globally when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006, have guided the objectives of the Women’s Development Bank. The list of awards and special honours showered on Professor Muhammad Yunus is incredibly long. The one-time economics professor with a doctorate from Vanderbilt […]

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Facilitating access to basic services and uplifting communities

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The Zenzele Development Programme is WDB Trust’s poverty-alleviation programme that encourages community self-organisation and connects poor families to basic services through stakeholder engagement. Taking valuable learnings from the original development caravan concept set up in the earliest days of WDB, today the Zenzele Development Programme addresses poverty in practical, workable ways. Zenzele Executive Manager Sibongiseni […]

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Taking on Poverty

Totsie Memela, WDB

Totsie Memela, the CEO of WDB Trust, won’t shy away from a good fight and, for her, tackling poverty in South Africa is just another day at the office. “We enter the home through a woman because when you empower a woman, you empower a family and when you empower a family you empower a […]

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Brave New World

As WDB celebrates 25 years of existence, its vision of creating “social businesses” invested in the upliftment of women in South Africa gives a new take on making a meaningful difference in the corporate workplace. You could call WDB a revolutionary organisation of sorts. Starting off with a basic business plan in a small room […]

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PLENARY 1: MAKING POVERTY HISTORY

Overview Today’s plenary session tackled the big issue: Why is there still so much poverty in South Africa? The session was ably facilitated by senior news anchor for eNCA and Power FM programme host, Iman Rapetti. Panellists included Dr Pali Lehohla, South Africa’s Statistician General, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, long-standing political activist, Ms Fatima Shabodien, Action […]

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ECONOMIC TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION

The deliberations that took place on the first day of the WDB Dialogue have prompted me to write this piece. While the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was in itself a good idea for the country politically, its main drawback was that it was a political process. Thus, it could not address issues that were economic […]

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Client Number One

Mavis Makukule was WDB’s first client and continues to inspire many women around the country to create their own businesses and thrive. “It was in 1992 when Mrs (Zanele) Mbeki and Ntombi Shope came to Acornhoek, Mpumalanga”, says Mavis Makukule, remembering the very early days of WDB. “They were looking for women who wanted to […]

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