The Cape Chamber of Commerce launches IWEC 2013

Wednesday, 04 September 2013

17 past awardees, IWEC supporters and Chamber execs gathered at the only authentic Peruvian restaurant in South Africa today to honour and applaud our 2013 awardees/ mentees, bond with past awardees and plan our trip to Lima. The Cape Chamber delegation will be at least 15 strong.

Keenwa restaurant with its P.I.S.C.O Bar was the perfect venue for the energetic South African IWEC family, with its hip and happening authentic Peruvian vibe. We enjoyed Pisco Sours, Chika Marada's and tapas, chatted, planned and all got extremely excited about the 2013 conference and awards. We are especially excited about our world class awardees.

Ferose Oaten , MD of AVTS Roadworthy Stations (vehicle testing and compliance)and Renee Keeble, MD of SA Commercial (PTY) Ltd (BPO) represent Cape Town and for the first time we proudly include Johannesburg under the Cape Chamber wing with awardee Nonku Ntshona of Nonku Ntshona & Associates (PTY) LTD ( Quantity Surveyors).

2012/2013 mentees in the Dreams Beyond Borders mentorship programme, Michelle Korevaar, Spice4Life was present, with her 'board' members, all past awardees including Nelia Annendale (2012), Jennifer Paterson (2012) and Barbara van den Boscche (2011). Ferose Oaten, also a 2012/2013 mentee and 2013 awardee, thanked her 'board, past awardees Val Mentz and Robyn Jackson for their support to her. IWEC and the Cape Chamber thank these Past Awardees for their time, commitment and statistic reporting to the pilot project of the IWEC official IWEC mentorship Programme. Barbara van den Bossche, recipient of the IESE.
2013/2014 Mentee, Jacqui Burge, Rarity Handbags will be supported by the 2013 awardees Ferose Oaten, Nonku Ntshona and Renee Keeble. Our second mentee, Wendy Kemp, Accountability, will be supported by Past Awardees Anni Bodington(2008), Susan Huxter(2011) and Emiley Volmer (2010).

Anni Bodington, Cape Chamber IWEC representative for IWEC, shared information with the delegation about the Cape Chambers level of commitment to IWEC and advised on conference agenda, speakers, hotels , flights and 2 side trips to Buenos Aires and Machu Pichu. Cape Chamber Executive Director Viola Manual expressed her pride in the strength the Cape Chamber displayed in its support of IWEC through the Dreams Beyond Borders Mentorship Programme and its important contribution to the IWEC International Steering committee, in support of South African and global women in the middle of the business pyramid.
The Cape Chamber will fund the trip for IWEC's unofficial and passionate online marketing guru, Michelle Korevaar, from Spice4Life, who has put IWEC on the Internet 'map'.
Warmest and sincere thanks to Mary-Jean Thomas-Johnson and Nosi Mqikela at the Cape Chamber for adjudication and admin support and Anni's mom Ireley Hoare, for admin support, all deserving recognition for quietly contributing in the background, 'living' and 'breathing' IWEC.