1st November 2018

Woman of Stature celebrates the first 5 Pillars of Empowerment Graduation hosted by Sponsor, Nedbank. A very proud moment, a memorable occasion and another milestone; forty-four female entrepreneurs completing the six month personal and entrepreneurial development programme in September. Nirmala Reddy, Nedbank Senior Enterprise Development Manager, expressed the  Sponsor’s appreciation for the successful outcome of the class of 2018.

Nedbank 5 Pillars of Empowerment Programme Graduates 2018

Press Release:  Johannesburg, 29 March 2018 –

Nedbank and Woman of Stature launch the first 5 Pillars of Empowerment Learning Journey.

Today, Nedbank, in association with life skills organisation Woman of Stature, officially launched the first 5 Pillars of Empowerment Learning Journey in Rivonia, Johannesburg.

“The 5 Pillars Programme is an exciting self-development and entrepreneurial initiative that focuses on the growth and development of women, businesses and business owners,” says Nirmala Reddy, Senior Manager, Enterprise Development in the Small Business Unit under Nedbank Business Banking.

Fifty dynamic women, chosen for their intrinsic qualities and drive as change agents – not only for their business savvy, but also for their ability to impact lives in the broader community, were selected for the programme, which was launched at a function at Nedbank’s headquarters in Rivonia Road today.

Delegates were given an opportunity to introduce themselves and discuss their current business challenges as business owners.

Reddy outlined the enterprise development journey, saying that as a bank committed to  business and using its money expertise to do good, Nedbank’s programmes are focused on small, medium and microenterprises (SMME), as they are the engines of economic growth and job creation.

Nedbank is involved in a number of initiatives, including Global Entrepreneurship Week working with seven developing, community based incubators across Gauteng,  providing R3.4 million to Fix Forward, a programme for 100 tradesmen to participate in its incubation programme and providing R3.5 million for the Riversands Incubation Hub for 510 entrepreneurs to participate in the hub support for incubation extending to back office support, infrastructure, capacity building and training.

President Cyril Ramaphosa launched the Youth Employment Service, supported by Nedbank and other corporates in the financial services, at Riversands on Tuesday, 27 March 2018.

Nedbank is involved in 24 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) projects, with 554 learner contractors and R2,7 million mentorship funding, and creating 2 977 job opportunities, as well as in various interventions, building business skills and capacity through 23 municipalities across the country, benefiting 2 400 SMMEs.

Charlotte du Plessis, founder and managing director of Woman of Stature, says it is a privilege to team up with Nedbank to work towards empowering women in business. “Empowering women with the tools to succeed in business can only help the economy and create jobs, thus contributing in a meaningful way. We are proud to embark on this journey with Nedbank,” she says.

The First Intake

The Second Intake

“Dear Charlotte, Ilona and all Nedbank Sponsors

Trust this mail finds you well.

I’d like to express my sincerest of gratitude for selecting me onto this programme. Yesterday we concluded our first module of Personal Mastery and here is a brief feedback of what happened only just after 24 hours!

To say the training was amazing is an understatement, Saffron is probably one of the best facilitators that I have come across in my years as a learning and development consultant. She has truly ignited a fire in me and for the first time in the two years of running my business, I feel a sense of control, calm and serenity. Saffron has also assisted me in overcoming my fears and perception about myself. I am determined to conduct business in a more assertive and confident manner going forward. I have also realised that I have the potential to succeed if I channel my intentions correctly. I am more empowered than ever before!

I would also like to say a HUGE thank you to Ilona, she has been so phenomenal from the application process right through to welcoming us on our first day! Everything was so well co-ordinated and I am so blown away by her friendly, approachable hospitality! Just what I needed when I have no idea what to expect and quite frankly, a little nervous on day 1! Thank you Ilona!

I could not express my gratitude enough. I am so looking forward to the rest of the programme and I hope to pay it forward as I grow in my journey of the 5 Pillars of Empowerment.

Yours sincerely
Sharon Cao”

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