The MEC for Economic, Tourism and Environment Affairs, Mr Sihle Zikalala has welcomed Forbes Africa’s decision to host the first Africa Forbes Leading Women Summit in the Province KwaZulu-Natal.
This, Mr Zikalala said confirmed that the province has created it’s space in global stage as the prestigious event would be honouring women who have made considerable contribution to socio-economic development in their respective fields of work.
The function is scheduled for the 08 March 2019 at the iconic Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre where twelve categories of awards will be up for grabs for Africa’s most successful women in various sectors inclusive of science, technology, arts, business and many more.
Zikalala said the summit is more than an event as it would be used to inspire and unlock potential for women to achieve more in their chosen careers.
It will create avenue for women to share ideas on how to liberate themselves from patriarchal dominance that often deprive them access to life enhancing opportunities.
The gathering must set the tone to encourage girls to aspire for leadership position to challenge their male counterparts, Mr Zikalala he stressed.
Furthermore names of successful women such KZN first Director-general, Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize and former African Union Commissioner, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who promoted Africa’s developmental blue-print, 2063, should be recited to motivate young women to dream big in life.
Mr Zikalala urged delegates of the forthcoming summit to effectively network on business opportunities as they have to swell the ranks of amongst others, property and land owners as well as developers. He was optimistic about the success of the summit.