TWIB – Empowering Women Through Tech

TWIB teams up with SAWIMA to present beneficiation workshop in Klerksdorp


In collaboration with the South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA), TWIB hosted a Mining Beneficiation Workshop in Klerksdorp recently. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce the resources and opportunities available in the mining sector to women entrepreneurs. Targeted participants were SAWIMA members and those women who aspire to establishing their own mining-related businesses in the North West Province. This initiative forms part of TWIB’s objective to reach, uplift and support women by making science and technology accessible to SMMEs, and establishing networks of women as consumers, workers and entrepreneurs in South Africa..

TWIB Workshop, Polokwane Limpopo


TWIB hosted a successful two-day workshop in Limpopo for women in mining, and those aspiring to run businesses in the mining environment. The workshop provided women with practical exposure to beneficiation and relevant technologies in the mining sphere. The Department of Minerals and Energy (DME), as well as the South African Women in Mining Association (SAWIMA) partnered TWIB in offering this workshop.

Technogirl workshop held in the Western Cape


In addition to facilitating access to technology for women in business, TWIB is also actively involved in encouraging young women to choose careers in science, engineering and technology (SET) by facilitating access to the relevant educational information, academic training and career opportunities. Various Technogirl workshops are held countrywide to assist young women in discovering suitable careers in the SET field.

Financial Management Workshop

Recently the inaugural Financial Management for Women event was held in Cape Town. With a focus on equipping qualified female financial advisers to move up in the corporate ladder in the financial sector. The workshop was focused on equipping female consultants with additional sales training aimed at breaking down the preconceptions that clients have when approached by a woman regarding financial advice. The workshop was geared towards retirement planning with specific sales techniques for offshore retirement planning solutions (which is traditionally a male dominated area of finance) and onshore domestic pension schemes. With the increase in foreigners settling in South Africa, qualified offshore pension advisers are in short supply and high demand and this specialised niche is well suited to female consultants. For female CFA’s not familiar with the requirements for foreign pensions an overview of QROPS (Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes) was given as well as the intricacies of dealing with UK pension holders.