Local newsNews

Entrepreneurs encouraged to network at women in business fundraiser

See the likes of Jayshree Parasuramen from East Coast Radio, fashion designer, Eli Ball, renowned comedian, Richelieu Beaunoir and businessmen Nelson Reddy and Reginald Yendeni at the event.

IT IS often said that the only time a person should look down on another is to extend a helping hand. These are the core sentiments that propel the Durban South Women in Business Association (DSWIBA) to assist small business owners to contend in the market.

The organisation will host an exhibition and invites budding entrepreneurs and established ones alike to showcase their products and services at the Austerville Community Hall on Saturday, 26 October. For just R200 a table, business owners will get to exhibit and market their trade as well as network with others in the field.

“We’re fundraising so we can pump money into the smallest businesses owned by women. There are businesses that have been around for years but aren’t even registered and cannot approach government for loans. We would like to help them get registered and to comply because if they do, they can go further with their businesses,” said president of DSWIBA, Greta Apelgren-Narkedien.

Local businessmen, Nelson Reddy and Reginald Yendeni, will share their business expertise and experience at the exhibition.

“Exhibitors will be given a platform to speak for a few minutes about what their businesses have to offer which will be facilitated by the MC. It’s basically face-to-face marketing and a good networking opportunity because we’ve invited prominent members of the community and business people because it’s a showcase of business and talent, which is what we’re all about. We want to promote and make sure that people have a platform to show that off and we’re excited,” she added.

The president of DSWIBA Greta Apelgren is surrounded by public relations officer, Eseem Usher, member of committee Jean Choudree, secretary Tracey Hughes, members of committee Gillian Hodnett and Chantel King.

Later on that day, there will be a fundraising gala dinner and dance hosted by Jayshree Parasuramen from East Coast Radio at the Enchanted Gardens previously the old Durban Airport. Other attractions will include awarding-winning fashion designer, Eli Ball who will showcase some of his designs and renowned comedian, Richelieu Beaunoir, will do a comedy skit. Tickets are R500 each which includes a buffet dinner.

“The idea of the exhibition is to make it a mini business seminar, where we’ll be speaking to informal businesses on how to formalise. People are already streaming in and filling out their registration forms booking their tables, so, hurry, tables are selling out really fast, we’ve got less than half left. Even if your business is unregistered, this is what DSWIBA is all about. Come to the exhibition and gala, we’re about taking you through the process of registering and becoming a legitimate business and showing you what to do step-by-step, to help you get your business out there and off its feet.”

A R5000 fashion voucher raffle is available for sale at R100 each.

DSWIBA meets every last Friday of the month at the Wentworth Organisation of Women Centre, 221 Austerville Drive, Wentworth, from 9am to noon. Businesswomen from all areas are welcome. For more information about the organisation or events, call or WhatsApp Greta Apelgren-Narkedien on 064-923-1448 or Esmeen Usher on 079-313-8183.


Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.
To receive news links via WhatsApp or Telegram, send an invite to 061 876 3179
The Southlands Sun is also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – why not join us there?

Do you have more information pertaining to this story?
Feel free to let us know by commenting on our facebook page or you can contact our newsroom on 031 903 2341 and speak to a journalist.

To receive our free newsletter click here

(Comments posted on this issue may be used for publication in the Sun)


Related Articles

Back to top button