Women Empowerment Tops The Agenda At The 2016 BNZ Foundation High Tea

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AUGUST 19, 2016

MEDIA STATEMENT

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT TOPS THE AGENDA AT THE 2016 BNZ FOUNDATION HIGH TEA

Economic empowerment and diabetes awareness are at the top of the agenda as the Bongi Ngema-Zuma (BNZ) Foundation hosts its 2016 annual High Tea on Saturday, 20thAugust 2016.  The event will take place at CSIR Conference Centre in Pretoria.  The Foundation will not only raise funds for diabetes awareness and management,  but will celebrate and honor women from all walks of life who have contributed in various ways to the development agenda of South Africa.

The BNZ Foundation is serious about development and empowerment. As part of its empowerment agenda, the Foundation works with women in both urban and rural areas to develop their business skills by:

  • Exposing them to platforms that will expand their clientele
  • Linking them to potential sponsors and other established business leaders to mentor them.
  • Facilitating training opportunities in business development through community projects

“As a Foundation, we advocate for a holistic approach to the prevention and management of diabetes. We recognize that most women are heads of households and breadwinners.  Living a healthy and active lifestyle requires information and financial empowerment”, says Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma, founder and patron of the BNZ Foundation.

Mama Emma Mashinini, a respected human rights activist affectionately known as “the Tiny Giant” will on this day be honored with the BNZ Foundation “Intsika ye Sizwe” Award for her outstanding contribution in women development.  Mama Mashinini is regarded as a symbol of resilience, a woman who like many in South Africa, rose from humble beginnings, to a recognized struggle heroine and academic.

The High Tea also serves as a networking platform whereby women who own small businesses are given an opportunity to display their wares at the event.  These range from young clothing and hats designers to traditional bead workers from KwaZulu-Natal.

A representative of the Department of Trade and Industry has been invited to unpack the government Black Industrialist Programme and highlight opportunities available to women.

As more than four million South Africans live with diabetes, early screening is important to ensure early detection and avoid unnecessary deaths.  Health Care Practitioners from Bonitas will be onsite offering diabetes and high blood pressure screening.

According to the statistics released by the International Diabetes Federation in November 2015, on the 7th edition of the diabetes atlas, there are four hundred and fifteen (415) million people living with diabetes worldwide.  Type 2 diabetes among children and youth as well as gestational diabetes in pregnant women is on the rise.

The BNZ Foundation has invited Ms Kerry Kalweight, an expert in clinical trials, Diabetology and Epidemiology to share her experience as a person living with Type 1 diabetes as well as her advocacy work.  She is the General Manager of Youth with Diabetes.

Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma also make a call to action and says, “We can no longer hide behind ignorance and fold our arms whilst diabetes kills the people of this country.  Let us all work together to educate, empower and develop the women of South Africa”.

MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA ARE INVITED TO COVER THE EVENT AS FOLLOWS:

DATE: SATURDAY, 20 AUGUST 2016

TIME: 13H00

VENUE: CSIR CONFERENCE CENTRE, PRETORIA

THE THEME IS: HATS AND HEELS

RSVP: Contact Pheliswa Sebati on 0824134609 or send an email to:

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Sibongiseni Dlamini 082 770 9825

For more information on the BNZ Foundation

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