In the picture: Journalist, Cathy Mohlahlana and Disebo Moephuli, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank.
Women in property and real estate have been encouraged to become a more formidable force in this still male dominated sector.
The message was very clear when the Women’s Property Network (WPN) Gauteng Chapter hosted its annual Leadership Conference recently.
The conference was aimed at women working across South Africa’s real estate industry.
This year’s conference coincided with International Women’s Day and was hosted by journalist Cathy Mohlahlana under the theme “Be Unshakable”.
Speakers encouraged women to remain resilient during tough and uncertain economic times which were prevalent in the listed property and construction sector last year.
Women were also told to think more collaboratively in positioning themselves and pursuing opportunities – this is an approach which could see women become a more formidable force in the sector.
“Over the years, WPN’s focus on creating a professional networking platform for women in the sector and raising funding to provide bursaries to women studying towards property related degrees has proven to be beneficial as we have seen an increased number of female entrants actively participating in the sector”, said Jackline Okeyo, Chairperson of WPN’s Gauteng Chapter.
“Going forward we are seeking opportunities to create greater impact and further empower women in the sector. We are working on some exciting new initiatives that we will announce during the course of the year,” Okeyo said.
Speaker line-up included; Kundayi Munzara, Co-Founder and Executive Director at Sesfikile Capital; Founder of Be-Clear, Tanya Stevens; Jean Chawapiwa, Country Director of WEConnect International (SA); Tshepiso Kobile, Commercial Manager Executive: Infrastructure Tongaat Hulett Developments; Charmaine Schwenn, Director Schwenn Incorporated; Somaya Joshua, Executive Relationship Manager Standard Bank; Nonhlanhla Mayisela, CEO of Izandla Property; and keynote speaker, Irene Charnley, founder of Pan-African telecoms group, Smile Telecoms.