WDB 25th Anniversary Celebratory Dialogue:
‘making poverty history’

 Rembrandt Hall, University of Pretoria Sports Ground (MAP)

11th – 15th July, 2016

During the dialogue we are hoping to draw much of our inspiration and lessons from participants themselves – women from all over South Africa, including beneficiaries of our programmes. We are inviting businesswomen, rural and urban entrepreneurs, academics and students to bring their thoughts and expertise on how to make poverty a thing of the past. In addition to the uplifting presentations at the event, we will ‘workshop’ the challenges that face women in their homes, in the community and in the workplace.

Our theme of ‘Making Poverty History’ arises from the recognition that the crisis we identified almost 25 years ago remains today, and that no matter where you go in the world, the ‘face of poverty’ is woman.

Through this 25th Anniversary Dialogue, WDB wishes to continue engaging with a broad spectrum of women to assess our collective progress in addressing our poverty challenges. We wish to share ideas on methods that have been found to be effective and how to replicate them. Together, we wish to identify what still needs to be done by women themselves, together with government and the private sector. We aim to find practical ways to end poverty and create sustainable livelihoods for our families and communities.

In a sense, we need to work together to look at and assess the past and to pave a new way ahead in terms of ‘Making Poverty History’. Our dialogue approach is intended to touch the hearts and souls, as well as the heads and hands, believing that the changes our country needs reside in the changes each one of us can make in our own lives. We are the change that Africa has been waiting for.

PROGRAMME

10 July | 11 July | 12 July | 13 July | 14 July | 15 July

SUNDAY, 10 JULY

ARRIVAL & REGISTRATION
 

MONDAY, 11 JULY

06h00 – 08h00 Physical exercises/ meditation (optional) & breakfast
08h00 – 09h00 Arrival & Registration
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MS NOLITHA FAKUDE, WDB Trustee
09h00 – 09h15  Music Imilonji Kantu Choral Society
09h15 – 09h20   AU Anthem & National Anthem Imilonji Kantu Choral Society
09h20 – 09h25 Inter-Faith Devotion
09h25 – 09h30 WDB Pledges
09h30 – 09h35 Welcome by University of Pretoria Prof Stephanie Burton, Vice-Principal
09h35 – 09h50 Welcome to & Objectives of the WDB 25th Anniversary Celebratory Dialogue Mrs Zanele Mbeki, WDB Trust Founder & Patron
09h50 – 10h05 Congratulatory Message from the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID) Dr Brigalia Bam, SAWID Trustee
10h05 – 10h10 Entertainment Poem: Jessica Mbangeni
10h10 – 10h20 WDB Programmes Corporate Video
10h20 – 10h30 “From WDB loan officer to WDB IH Chairman” Ms Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, Chairperson: WDB Investment Holdings
10h30 – 10h35 Entertainment Poem: Bohlale Boikanyo
10h35 – 10h45 Birthday Greetings Video
10h45 – 12h15 PLENARY 1:       “MAKING POVERTY HISTORY”

South Africa remains seriously challenged by the developmental issues of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The central theme of the dialogue, “Making Poverty History”, arises from the recognition that the crisis identified by the WDB in 1991 remains today. In some rural areas, poverty is deepening. The Oxfam Report of August 2015 says South Africa has one of the highest official unemployment rates in the world, at 25%, and is one of the most unequal countries, with a Gini coefficient of 0.69. Over half of South Africans live below the poverty line and 10% live in extreme poverty, with less than $1.25 (±R18) per day. Statistics South Africa announced last year that the number of people in South Africa living below the poverty line had increased from 2010 to 2014.  

When we made a call for this Dialogue, we asked, “How do we end poverty and create livelihoods and wealth practically and sustainably?” This panel is intended to update us on the extent of poverty in our country: Who is poor? Where are they? What do we do about changing the situation? We want to know not only what government and business must do, but we especially want ideas and strategies on what women themselves must do to hasten their own inclusion in the economy.  Women must be agents of their own history.

Moderator: Ms Iman Rapetti

  • Prof. Muhammad Yunus: Nobel Laureate, Founder: Grameen Bank, Chairman: Yunus Centre (Video)
  • Prof. Jonannes Petrus Landman: Independent Analyst
  • Mr Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics South Africa
  • Ms Fatima Shabodien: ActionAid Country Director, South Africa
  • Ms Christabel Phiri: Mobilisation & Engagement Manager, Southern African Trust
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele
  • Dr Vuyo Mahlati: Principal Consultant, Financial Group
12h15 – 13h00 PLENARY: DIALOGUE – OPEN MIC
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
14h00 – 18h00 VUKA SELF-REFLECTION WORKSHOP
19h00 – 22h00 Supper, Networking & Educational movie/documentary TV Lounge

 

TUESDAY, 12 JULY

06h00 – 08h30 Physical exercises/ meditation (optional) & breakfast
08h30 – 09h00 Back to the TENTS
09h00 – 13h00 VUKA SELF-REFLECTION WORKSHOP : Continuation of the Vuka workshops-
TENTS
Mike Boon
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
Return to PLENARY – Rembrandt Hall
PLENARY PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MS NOZIPHO MBANJWA
14h00 – 15h00 Recap and Outcome: Vuka self-reflection workshops – Rembrandt Hall Participants & Mike Boon
15h00 – 17h00 PLENARY 2: “60th ANNIVERSARY: NEW MARCH FORWARD TO 2063” (Celebrating Post-Apartheid Achievements)

The 25th Anniversary of WDB Trust coincides with the 60th anniversary of the historic Women’s March, which paved the way for women’s post-apartheid agenda. Our aim for this panel is not to look back, but rather to celebrate the achievements of all South African women. Ours is a new march towards the AU Vision 2063, as well as to meet the targets set down in the UN Sustainable Development Goals to 2030.
The Women’s March laid the groundwork for the women in this country to enter into government, the diplomatic arena and break glass ceilings in the business world. The inspiring women who have agreed to be on this panel have shown us that women can do business and still have it all, with families, children and grandchildren. They have done it with integrity, grace and without losing the feminine touch.

Moderator: Dr Thandi Ndlovu, CEO – Motheo Construction Group

  • Ms Gloria Tomato Serobe: Founder and Executive Director, Wiphold Holdings
  • Ms Daphne Mashile-Nkosi: Chief Executive Officer of Kalagadi Manganese
  • Ms Irene Charnley: Chief Executive Officer, Smile Communication
  • Ms Faith Khanyile: Chief Executive Officer & Founder Member, WDB Investment Holdings
  • Ms Nonkululeko Gobodo: Chief Executive Officer, Nonkululeko Leadership Consultancy
17h00 – 17h30 Plenary discussions – Open Mic
17h30 – 17h45 Inter-Faith Devotion
19h00 – 22h00 Supper, Networking & Educational movie/documentary TV Lounge

 

WEDNESDAY, 13 JULY

06h00 – 08h30 Physical exercises/ meditation (optional) & breakfast
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MS NOZIPHO MBANJWA
09h00 – 09h05 Inter-Faith Devotion
09h05 – 09h10 WDB Pledges
09h10 – 09h20 Announcements and Recap of Plenary 1 Programme Director
09h20 – 12h00 PLENARY 3: “FINANCIAL INCLUSION OF WOMEN

According to the World Bank: “With access to financial services (bank accounts, loans, etc.), women’s bargaining power in society increases.”

Evidence abounds that women are disproportionately more financially excluded than men. The exclusion is worse among rural women than urban women. This is one of the main challenges to women’s success in entrepreneurship and business development. In the same vein, women’s access to and control of productive assets is important for their entry into markets and their success as entrepreneurs.

Women still face cultural barriers that place men as household decision-makers. Some formal financial institutions even require that men endorse the financial decisions taken by their spouses for the decision to become binding. Although legislation may be reformed, there are still many cultural barriers, such as making the transfer of property to women difficult.  In this panel, we examine the financial inclusion of women across the board and across the various sectors.

Moderator: Ms Siki Mgabadeli

  • Ms Raksha Singh Semnarayan, Sen GM: Market Conduct Division, Banking Association South African
  • Ms Yvonne Radinku: Siyakhula Programme Executive, WDB Trust
  • Mrs Mavis Makukule: WDB Micro-Finance First Borrower
  • Ms Modula Mofolo: Private Equity Executive, WDB Investment Holdings
  • Ms Nomsa Daniels: Executive Director, New Faces New Voices
  • Ms Donna Rachelson: Chief Executive Officer, Seed Academy
12h00 – 13h00 TEA BREAK & VISIT TO ZENZELE & SIYAKHULA WOMEN’S MARKET
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
14h00 – 17h30 PLENARY 4:      “WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP CHALLENGES”

As we celebrate the achievements of women in post-apartheid South Africa, it is important that we acknowledge and reflect on the challenges that women in leadership encounter in their quest to efficiently manage the offices in which they hold these high positions. Thus, as the Women’s Movement, we have actively campaigned for women’s ascension to high office, yet at times without providing them with significant support platforms or systems to keep them going, especially during difficult times.

This Anniversary Dialogue seeks to share lessons learnt from those who have held such high public office; we ask how they have managed the challenges encountered. We need to collectively determine sustainable strategic measures that will ensure that they are fully supported in their positions – especially when the going gets tough. This panel should help propose to us acceptable and sustainable support systems and share learnings from good and bad times, embracing the best ways of supporting the next generation of women leaders.

Moderator: PROF PUMLA DINEO GQOLA

  • Ms Brigalia Bam: SAWID Trustee (Setting the scene)
  • Commissioner Riah Phiyega
  • Dr Mamphela Ramphele
  • Adv Thuli Madonsela: Public Protector
  • Ms Dolly Mokgatle: Executive Director
  • Ms Khanyisile Kweyama
  • Ms Nomonde Mapetla

RESPONDENTS

  • Prof Cheryl Hendricks: ‎Professor in Political Science at the University of Johannesburg
  • Ms Mpho Letlape: Vice-President of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) South Africa
19h00 – 22h00 Supper, Networking & Educational movie/documentary TV Lounge

 

THURSDAY, 14 JULY

06h00 – 08h30 Physical exercises/ meditation (optional) & breakfast
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MS NOZIPHO MBANJWA
09h00 – 09h05 Inter-Faith Devotion
09h05 – 09h10 WDB Pledges
09h10 – 09h30 Announcements & Recap of previous day Programme Director
09h30 – 12h00 COMMISSIONS SESSION

The plenary panels are expected to set the scene for the main Dialogue topics: “Making Poverty History” and “Financial Inclusion of Women”.

Facilitators have been identified to make inputs on the remaining topics: i.e. students in dialogue; small enterprise development; grassroots leadership; and women, land and agriculture. Commissions 7 & 8 are special and have specific agendas that have already been defined for those participating.

The main aim of the commissions is to ensure that there is maximum participation by all participants in the deliberations of the Dialogue. Each commission must give specific consideration to the position of women in relation to the subject discussed and make recommendations to ensure maximum women’s participation and emancipation. Identified facilitators will make presentations to the commission on their allocated topic. After their input, clarifications can be addressed.

Discussions should focus on strategies for empowering women and recommending action plans and resolutions for presentation, discussion and adoption towards a final declaration at the closing plenary session on 15th July
Commission 1: Financial Inclusion of Women
Commission 2: Making Poverty History
Commission 3: South African Students in Dialogue
Commission 4: Small Business/Enterprise Development
Commission 5: Huairou Commission/Support for Grassroots Women
Commission 6: Women, Land and Agriculture
Commission 7: South African Women in Dialogue
Commission 8: Fatema Mernissi Commission

12h00 – 13h00 LUNCH
13h00 – 16h30 Training Workshops Session in Tents                         See Workshop Schedule

TRAINING WORKSHOPS SESSION

A lesson learned from the SAWID DIALOGUES is that many women, having spent a couple of days together and away from home, wanted to have something to take home, e.g. information or a skill.  We have therefore created a marketplace of women-focused training workshops, many of which are related to micro-enterprise, agriculture, financial inclusion and financial literacy.  Others are addressing gender-based violence and family law.

Wikipedia says a training workshop is a type of interactive training in which participants carry out a number of training activities rather than passively listen to a lecture or presentation.  Broadly, there are two types of workshops: a general workshop is put on for a mixed audience and a closed workshop is tailored towards meeting the training needs of a specific group.  We have catered largely for a mixed audience, even though the student workshop is specific.  We hope that you will find a worthy “take-away” for yourself.

18h00 Buses depart for the Gala Dinner
19h00 – late Gala Dinner MC:  Andile Gaelesiwe
  Gala Dinner – Inter-Faith Devotion

 

FRIDAY, 15 JULY

06h00 – 08h00 Physical exercises/ meditation (optional) & breakfast
08h00 – 08h30 Check out
08h30 – 09h00 PLENARY – REMBRANT HALL
PROGRAMME DIRECTOR: MS NOZIPHO MBANJWA
09h00 – 09h05 Inter-Faith Devotion
09h05 – 09h10 WDB Pledges
09h10 – 09h15 Announcements & Recap of previous day Programme Director
09h15 – 10h00 Feedback on the Anniversary Dialogue Participants
10h00 – 12h00 Commission Reports Conveners of Commissions
12h00 – 13h00 Anniversary Dialogue Declaration Dr Thandi Ndlovu
Closing Remarks Ms Futhi Mtoba Chairperson: WDB Trust
13h00 – 13h15 Inter-Faith Devotion
13h00 – 14h00 LUNCH
14h00 Departure

Professor MUHAMMAD YUNUS, Nobel Peace Laureate, Chairman of Yunus Centre and Founder of Grameen Bank

Professor JOHANNES PETRUS LANDMAN, Political and Trend Analyst

FATIMA SHABODIEN, ActionAid Country Director, South Africa, Former Director of the Women on Farms Project

Mr BHEKI MOYO, Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Trust

Dr MAMPHELA RAMPHELE

Dr VUYO MAHLATI, Trustee of the South African Women in Dialogue (SAWID)

Ms FAITH KHANYILE, Chief Executive Officer and Founder Member, WDB Investment Holdings

Ms GLORIA TOMATOE SEROBE, Founder and Executive Director, Wiphold Holdings, Chief Executive Officer WIPCAPITAL

Ms DAPHNE MASHILE-NKOSI, Chief Executive Officer of Kalagadi Manganese

Ms IRENE CHARNLEY, Chief Executive Officer, Smile Communication

Ms NONKULULEKO GOBODO, Chief Executive Officer, Nonkululeko Leadership Consultancy

RAKSHA SINGH SEMNARAYAN, Senior General Manager: Market Conduct Division, Banking Association of South Africa

Ms MODULA MOFOLO, Private Equity Executive, WDB Investment Holdings

Ms ANNE GITHUKU-SHONGWE, UN Women Representative South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO)

Ms NOMSA DANIELS, South Africa Partner, SRM Holdings

Ms YVONNE RADINKU, Siyakhula Programme Executive, WDB Trust

Mrs MAVIS MAKUKULE, WDB Micro-Finance First Borrower

Dr BRIGALIA BAM, Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University

Ms MANGWASHI VICTORIA PHIYEGA, Police commissioner of the South
African Police Service

Advocate THULISILE MADONSELA, South Africa’s Public Protector

DOLLY MOKGATLE, Co-founder of Peotona Capital

CHERYL HENDRICKS, Professor in Political Science at University of Johannesburg

Professor PUMLA GQOLA

Ms MPHO LETLAPE

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