Nedbank and South African Tourism (SA Tourism) are excited to announce the second phase of the innovative empowerment initiative to promote black women in tourism. The Women in Tourism Entrepreneurship Training Programme is an inspiring entrepreneurship development initiative designed to create a knowledge foundation, provide mentorship, and eventually, open markets to black-women-owned small, medium and microenterprises operating in the tourism sector. After a nationwide search, twenty-five women in each province – 225 in total – out of over 400 applicants have been selected to participate in the Women in Tourism Entrepreneurship Programme. Selected businesses were from KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape. During the first phase, which was launched in October last year, Nedbank, SA Tourism and McGeralds Entrepreneurship Centre issued a call for women to participate in this move to kick-start the tourism sector, which is much needed to ensure that women are the catalyst for transformative economic growth and job creation. Qualifying candidates were interviewed by panels with Nedbank and SA Tourism representatives from their respective provinces and from the McGeralds team. The interviewed candidates were selected on the basis of pre-qualifying criteria with the main criterion being that the business is at least 51% Black Woman owned. Today marked the kick-off of the second phase, with 25 KZN entrepreneurs receiving their first training session. The training has been broken down into three phases and will cover different modules as follows; Phase 1: Business Planning and Financial Management Phase 2:…
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Source: Nomad Africa Magazine