KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Media Release

 No: KZNCU1911

08 Aug 2018

Embargo : None

Written by: Nqobile Tembe

Dolphins to host Women in Sport & Business Brunch

Durban – In celebration of women’s month, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins will host a Women in Sport and Business Brunch on 30 August at Kingsmead Cricket Stadium.

Speaking about the event, KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union’s Marketing Manager, Nana Ngubane said that this idea came after having a thorough discussion with her team to figure out how the union,  franchise and its players can help to advance women, especially in sport and business.

“For many years women in sports and business have been somewhat side-lined, however in recent years, various sport federations have been gradually trying to right the wrongs of the past – in business as well, the world is now turning to female leaders for insight and counsel,” she commented.

“Not to say that the injustices are now non-existent, however there is a visible shift that we have witnessed and would like to drive it forward in our capacity.”

The Dolphins felt that it was time that they took a prominent position in driving these conversations of inequality between male and female sports and business people head on.

“The Hollywoodbets Dolphins have decided to take a stand through action,” Ngubane added. “This event will be a first of its kind and we are hoping to level the ground and create a platform where everyone can speak without fear or favour.”

The line-up for the day will be Margaret Hirsch, Jane Linley-Thomas & Nandi Dlepu and our very own Dinesha Devanarain.

These women will be speaking on how they have been able to break barriers in their respective fields. They have done exceptionally well for themselves and through their stories the event hopes to inspire other women to thrive in the sport and business environment.

Summary of guest speakers:

Margaret Hirsch has become a leading example to business women in Southern Africa –coming from a humble background, to co-founding and running the multimillion-rand Appliance and Electronic retail organisation, Hirsch’s. She has been recognised through her efforts in building a successful business and her determination to give back to the community.

As Chief Operations Officer of the Hirsch group, a sought-after speaker at business events and schools –where she has established a successful motivational programme -across Southern Africa, this dynamic woman, who is passionate about her business and the people who work for and with her, has become a legend in her time.

Nandi Dlepu a force to be reckoned with, she never stops creating, seemingly always juggling several projects on the go. Currently a Business Unit Director at Thackwell& Whittaker, an award-winning production agency found in South Africa, Nandi also takes helm at WKND Social and Joho Moms, two social enterprises that work to connect people with a like-minded community. Nandi was also the Business Unit Director at T&W, an award-winning production agency.

Jane Linley-Thomas is an award-winning radio presenter who has been at East Coast Radio since 2003. She is a self-proclaimed child of the universe who loves loving people. Jane has a love for telling other people's stories and is fuelled by purpose and love. Her Mantra: Every day is a new and colourful adventure, a sacred circus really. I look so forward to sharing this space with you welcome to the world according to me.

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