Welcome to

Welcome to

Top Women in business home

9

About

Top Women is a trusted network of gender-empowered companies and…

TW Publication

The authority on gender empowerment in business for nearly 20 years.

Media

9

News

Stay up to date with the latest news in Women Empowerment

9

Top Women Podcasts

Welcome to Top Women Business Unusual Podcast
9

Top Women Masterclasses

Welcome to Top Women in Business Masterclasses

TW Conference

Join the world’s fastest growing platform for women who lead!
You need to consider becoming a certified women-owned business

Top Women Certified Companies

TW Awards

Are you ready to showcase your gender empowerment?

 

Contact

9

Contact us

Want to get in touch? We’d love to hear from you.
9

Location

Visit our office

The authority on gender empowerment in business for nearly 20 years.

Siyakha Consulting – Pulling in one direction

Written by Staff Writer

June 1, 2020

Dionne Kerr, CEO of Siyakha Consulting speaks about transformation in South Africa

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE KEY CHALLENGE FOR
TRANSFORMATION IN YOUR SECTOR?

Despite South Africa’s strong economic and political foundations, the country suffers from severe income inequality, poverty, unemployment and a lack of relevant job skills among historically disadvantaged populations. These deficits threaten the country’s stability and its potential to foster growth and investment in the region.

BEE is often debated as a political tool more than it is seen as a positive proactive attempt to equalise society. The over-complicated structures and heightened expense of implementation mean that people’s sentiment is usually to purely seek compliance. This is exacerbated by the consulting approach, which is typically centred around a scorecard.

When South Africans sincerely start to be passionate about buying local goods and services, creating local jobs and investing back into this economy then we can achieve economic growth.

HOW DO THE COMPANY’S CSI PROJECTS CONTRIBUTE TO THE BUSINESS AS A WHOLE?

Our situation is quite unique in that we implement development programmes for our clients. This includes supplier excellence programmes where we are raising the governance, certification and quality standards of Black suppliers by 25% per quarter based on our current programmes. We have projects in water
preservation and agricultural development.

We are focused on creating jobs and opportunities for marginalised people. We do door-to-door market research in townships to drive health and financial wellness and personal and home hygiene among other things. We are also setting up black-owned manufacturing businesses each month and our supplier development programmes cover digital skills, industrial activities, businesses who are using science to develop innovative solutions and services companies with their sights set on growth.

DESCRIBE THE BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY THE COMPANY PRIDES ITSELF ON.

A part of the South African solution.

WHY DO YOU BELIEVE TRANSFORMATION IS SIGNIFICANT IN SA?

To achieve growth, we need to put our youth to work. We need an engaged society at each level. We need people to be pulling in the same direction towards a common vision of a better South Africa.

Diversity provides strength and empowerment is not dependence – our focus on transformation needs to
be singularly focused on making sure that we have robust, independent, sustainable businesses, youth,
employees and South Africans.

Siyakha is a consultancy firm that has focused on providing solutions to achieve transformation since the
business first started in 1998.

Follow Us On Facebook

Follow Us On

Standard bank top women

empowering women in africa

You May Also Like…

Achieving excellence: Discipline and commitment

Achieving excellence: Discipline and commitment

In a recent interview, Katherine Persson, Head of SOLA Assets in South Africa, offers a glimpse into her extraordinary journey as a leader in renewable energy and open water swimming. She discusses the principles of discipline, hard work, and unwavering commitment that have moulded her diverse career, reflecting on her path to top-tier success.

Women leading the charge in South Africa’s circular economy

Women leading the charge in South Africa’s circular economy

“Women are still not equally represented in the waste industry – especially at higher leadership – but this is changing as industries and corporations at large learn the power of having more diverse teams,” said Preola Adam, PETCO board member.