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Women in Tourism (WiT) Conference 2019
Women in Tourism (WiT) Conference 2019

Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe will host the 5th annual Women in Tourism Conference in Rustenburg in the North West Province.

Themed Promoting empowerment and jobs for shared growth, the Women in Tourism Conference will feature presentations and facilitated panel discussions that encourage reflection and discussion on:

  • Accelerating the economic empowerment and progression of women in the tourism sector;
  • Expanding the role of women in the tourism sector through the Women in Tourism platform; and
  • Exploring new and varied business opportunities to advance women entrepreneurs and contribute to job creation.

Since its inception in 2013, the Women in Tourism (WiT) programme has worked to elevate the representation women in the sector.  Premised on the principles of respect; recognition; representation and reward for women - WiT drives programmes that support the development and empowerment of women with the view of transforming the sector.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Opening address by the MEC for Tourism in the North West Province - Ms. Wendy Joy Nelson
  • Key note address, and a special announcement set to propel the WiT goals in 2019 will be conducted by Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe 
  • Message of Support by the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation - Dr. Semane Bonolo Molotlegi
  • Panel Discussions on:
    • Pioneers in the Tourism Industry – Women in Tourism Success Stories 
    • Skills Development Agenda for women in the sector
    • Supplier Development & Business Networking
    • Marketing and Market Access
    • Maritime opportunities for Women in Tourism
       

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE CORDIALLY INVITED

VENUE : Protea Hotel Hunters Rest, Rustenburg (North West Province)

DAY 1 : Wednesday, 23 January 2019
TIME : 08:30 for 09:00

DAY 2 : Thursday, 24 January 2019
TIME : 08:30 for 09:00

Kindly confirm your attendance by no later than 21 January 2019 to:

Ms Sindi Zwane

Tel: +27 (0) 12 444 6612
Cell: +27 (0) 81 267 4665
Email: szwane@tourism.gov.za

 

Women in Tourism Conference 23 - 24 January 2019

Venue:      Protea Hotel Hunters Rest, Rustenburg

North West Province

PROGRAMME – DAY 1

23 January 2019 ​ ​

​09:00 - 09:10 ​Opening and Welcome: 

MEC for Tourism North West Province

​ Ms. Wendy Joy Nelson
​09:10 – 09:20 ​Objectives of the Conference

Deputy Direct General: Tourism Sector Support Services

​Ms. Morongoe Ramphele
​09:20 – 09:35 ​Message of support

Mmemogolo - Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation

​Dr. Semane Bonolo Molotlegi
​09:35 – 10:00 

​Key Note Address

Deputy Minister of Tourism

​Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe
​10:30 – 10:30 TEA BREAK
SESSION 1: WOMEN IN TOURISM SUCCESS STORIES ​ ​
​10:30 – 10:45 ​Women in the Sector

University of South Africa:

​Prof. Nelly Swart
​10:45 – 11:00 ​Success Story : African Cuisine   ​Chef Nompumelelo Mqwebu
​11:00 – 11:15​Success Story : Thokozani Wines   ​Ms. Denise Stubbs
​11:15 – 11:30 ​Success Story : Eleven 83 Gin and Tours  ​Ms. Sewela Mokoena
​11:30 – 12:00 ​INTERACTIVE Q & A SESSION                                               ​Facilitator: Ms. Maylene Broderick
SESSION 2: CAPACITY BUILDING ​ ​
​12:00 – 12:15 ​Introduction of the National Tourism Visitor Information System (NTVIS)​Dr. Nomvulelo Songelwa
​12:15 - 12:30 ​Business Development & Financial Management - NEDBANK​Ms. Nirmarla Reddy
​12:30 – 13:30​LUNCH ​
​13:30 – 13:45 ​IDC- Product offerings and opportunities in tourism  ​Ms. Estelle Solomons
​13:45 – 14:00 ​Business Opportunities: Concessions

SANParks

​SANParks
​14:00 – 14:15 ​The Purpose and Benefits of Quality Assurance:  

Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA)

​Ms. Rethabile Lebethe
BREAKAWAY SESSIONS: TOWARDS A WIT AGENDA 2019 ​ ​
​14h15 – 16:00​Session 1: Towards the formulation of a relevant Skills Development Agenda​Facilitator: Ms Thanda Madlala
​Session 2:  Supplier Development & Business Networking Facilitator:​Ms. Maylene Broderick
​Session 3:  Marketing and Market Access Facilitator: ​South African Tourism
​17h30NETWORKING COCKTAIL

 

 

PROGRAMME – DAY 2 ​ ​

24 January 2019

​09:00 – 09:10 ​Recap of Day 1​Ms. Lumka Skosana
​09:10 – 09:30 ​Motivational Talk ​Ms. Ency Litsoane
​09:30 – 09:50 ​Marine Opportunities for Women in Tourism​Mr. Tsietsi Mokhele
​09:50 – 10:10 Q & A SESSION
​10:10 – 10:40 ​Report back from Day 1 Breakaway sessions ​3 Reports
​10:40 – 11:00 ​Report back from Provincial Chapters Workshop ​Provincial Chapters’ Representative
​11:00 – 11:30 ​WiT 2018/19 Conference Resolutions Deputy Direct General:​Ms. Morongoe Ramphele
​11:30 – 12:30 ​Way Forward and Vote of Thanks ​​Ms. Morongoe Ramphele
​12:30 – 13:45 LUNCH ​
​ ​END OF CONFERENCE