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WOMEN IN NUMBERS
27,2m South Africans (51%) are women.
45,2% of the SA labour force is made up of women. The rate of women's unemployment is 2,9 percentage points higher than the national average.
44,6% of employees in KwaZulu Natal are women, followed by the Western Cape (40,88%) and Gauteng (36,1%).
3,6% of CEOs of JSE-
32% of CFOs in SA are women -
19,8% of top management were women in 2012 -
42% is the representation of women at the level of minister.
45% of the 400 National Assembly members are women. SA ranks third globally in terms of women in parliament.
198 or 8% of the five highest paid executives at each S&P 500 company were women in 2012. They earned 18% less than men.
16 is SA's 2012 gender equality ranking out of 135 countries. Lesotho was 14th and the US 22nd.
0,7496 is SA's global gender gap index on a scale of 1 (equality) to 0 (inequality).
60% of SA businesses would support government-
Source: Stats SA. Grant Thornton,Bloomberg, Parliament.gov.za
Use these 7 words to raise your game
How to use assertive language and add value
There are so many ways to say something and every way means something different to your listener as you say it. Imagine you’re in a meeting and someone asks if anyone is able to take on a new project or put some figures together. You think to yourself, ‘I could probably do that’ but you may sit on that thought and say nothing and wait for someone else to offer or you may put yourself forward. The trick here is, if you do decide to step up and offer, it’s how you put yourself forward.
To use assertive, positive language when you’re going about your business sends a message, very clearly, to those around you that you’re someone who gets on with things and who can be trusted to do things.
A lot of people struggle with the difference between coming across as aggressive
instead of assertive. Assertive is ‘self-
As a savvy communicator, you’re going to be far more effective if you come across as clear, firm and self-
You could offer to help on this new project in so many ways and depending on how you say it, your message lands differently:
We all know which one of those simple phrases gives the most reassurance, give the
most credibility and which one you’d want to hear if you were asking for help. There’s
a completely different energy about the last phrase – you can feel that the person
saying it is capable and certain. Being more assertive as you respond is a game-
Those 7 words ‘Leave it with me. I’ll do it’ will raise your game. Hedging your bets with ‘might be able to’ will only put doubt in other people’s minds about whether you will or won’t and whether you’re capable.
When you put yourself forward to do things you become someone who offers time, help and input, and to make it most effective for you use assertive, positive language. Leave as little doubt in people’s minds as possible as you add as much value as possible.
I’ll leave that with you.
Article reproduced with permission of Kay White, Savvy & Influential Communication Expert and Mentor at .
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Europ Assistance South Africa’s COO appointment emphasises focus on female empowerment
Europ Assistance South Africa recently made history by announcing the first female
CEO in the Group, Rouxlé van Molendorff. The company prides itself on its focus on
transformation, and in another move empowering women, has subsequently announced
a new Chief Operations Officer (COO), Ureshni Danilala-
Through her working experience, Ureshni brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in Business Management, Financial Management, Operations Management, Key Account Management, Customer Management, Stakeholder Alignment and Business Integration to Europ Assistance South Africa. Ureshni has worked in service industries ranging from Healthcare to Emergency Services to Roadside and Home Assistance and most recently, Telecommunications.
Rouxlé says of Ureshni’s appointment: "I look forward to working with Ureshni, who is known for being results driven, surpassing targets and instilling a high performance culture in the teams she works with. Ureshni spent some time working at Europ Assistance previously, so she knows the business, and I am excited at the opportunity we have to grow Europ Assistance South Africa together.”
With some 8 million families in South Africa currently taking advantage of the World of Care Services, through their relationship with corporates, insurers, brokers, clubs, medical aid funds and employers that utilise its value added services and benefits, growth in this area will play a pivotal role in Europ Assistance South Africa’s strategy this year and going forward.
Having two high powered women, both with a strong focus on developing people and meeting customer needs, at the helm of the company will only serve to ensure that Europ Assistance South Africa is well placed to deliver innovative new solutions to their clients. It is envisaged that under the leadership of Rouxlé and Ureshni, new advances in the company’s World of Care Services will be announced in the coming months.
New Chairperson for GWII
Gauteng Women in Insurance (GWII) is pleased to announce that former committee member Charlene Webster will be assuming the position of Chairperson with immediate effect.
On behalf of Charlene Webster and the GWII committee we would like to thank Annelot Schrijver (2013 – 2014 GWII Chairperson) for all her efforts in leading GWII in the past. The foundation of GWII was formed in this period and Annelot’s effort and contributions as chairperson will always be appreciated.
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High ranking panellists discuss ‘women in insurance’
Gauteng Women In Insurance (GWII) recently arranged a panel discussion event with Julia Graham President of FERMA, Director of Risk Management and Insurance at DLAPiper in which high ranking insurance officials met.
The intention of the discussion was focused around women in the financial services industry, opening communication at a senior level of some of the key issues faced by women and what the potential solutions are.
Panel speakers included Graham, Caroline da Silva, Deputy Executive Officer for the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Service (FAIS) at the FSB, Wayne Abraham Managing Director of AIG Africa and Board Member of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA) and the South African Insurance Association (SAIA), Thokozile Ntshiqa Executive Management: Stakeholder Management at SASRIA SOC Limited and Seamus Casserly Past President of the Financial Intermediaries Association of Southern Africa (FIA) and Director of First Equity Risk Management.
All the proceeds from this event amounting to R55 000 where donated to UNICEF, a leading advocate for children.
GWII gave a special word of thanks to their hosts for the morning, Cliff Dekker & Hofmeyer.
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