This Roundtable discussion will involve plenary engagement focused on financial support available to the micro-enterprise sector and challenges/impediments that owners of micro-enterprises face.
The Chancellor’s Roundtable is the culmination of a series of Women's Month events hosted by the Economic & Management Sciences (EMS) Faculty and focused on commemorating the women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the discriminatory pass laws. We remember their courage, resilience and contribution to the freedoms we now enjoy. At the same time, the plight of women in our country continues - gender based violence is crippling our communities and femicide in South Africa is among the highest in the world. In the business world research has indicated that women have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Given this reality, among the issues to be highlighted are reflections on the impediments that owners of small businesses encounter when trying to access finance (issues of financial inclusion/exclusion), and new or innovative ways of supporting small business owners to finance their business ideas, rebuild their businesses (given the pandemic), or start a new business venture.
I call on you to attend this important discussion, as we consider tangible solutions to problems within a post COVID-19 recovery context.
For more information consult the event programme below.
Date: Tuesday, 17 August 2021
Time: 16:30 to 18:00
|Programme Director: Prof Matthew Ocran
(Deputy Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences)
|16:30 - 16:35||National Anthem|
|16:35 - 16:40||Introduction||Prof Matthew Ocran
|16:40 - 16:45||Welcome Address||Prof Tyrone Pretorius
Rector and Vice-chancellor, UWC
|16:45 - 16:50||Chancellor's Address||Dr Thabo Makgoba
Archbishop & Chancellor, UWC
|16:50 - 16:55||Context Setting||Prof Michelle Esau
Dean, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, UWC
|16:55 - 17:02||Prof Vivienne Lawack
Deputy Vice-chancellor: Academic, UWC
|17:02 - 17:09||Ms Erica Nel
Head: Private Debt, Sanlam Investments
|17:09 - 17:16||Mr Joshua Wolmarans
Director: Enterprise Development
Department of Economic Development and
Tourism, Western Cape Government
|17:16 - 17:23||Mr Kevin Chaplin
Managing Director: Amy Foundation & The SA Ubuntu Foundation
|17:23 - 17:30||Mr David Mparutsa
Senior Manager: ABSA Bank
|17:30 - 17:55||Questions and Answers|
|17:55 - 18:00||Prof Matthew Ocran