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Personal NOTE She will be the first to admit that easily, these are most difficult times that South Africa, for one, has faced in the post democratic dispensation. But ever the optimist, Annelize Wepener, the Chief Executive Officer of CEO Global says that South Africa and the continent, in general, should be mindful of the good that is all around us. For example, she mentions the many business people who opt to pursue their dreams in the form of opening a business with the potential risk of losing everything. Such people are among the African jewels that are being celebrated in 2017. Even then, Annelize believes that annual awards alone are not enough because running a business is not child’s play.

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nnelize should know after all because she is one such person who left a corporate career job in order to start her own company, CEO Global which was then known as CEO Communications. The award winning business woman reflects that the journey thus travelled has been filled with many highs and lows but she has not strayed from her path. “I still believe that I have more to offer to South Africa and the business world in general. The awards recognition programme is my small token of appreciation to fellow business people who know that running a business is often an experience filled with challenges and many obstacles,” she notes. The entrepreneurship world is not for people with little perseverance, Annelize notes. “If that were the case then I doubt that there would be so many people whom we honour annually across the continent. On that thought, I should point out that I feel blessed to be African. Our continent is full of possibilities and we have not even scratched the surface yet. Going forward, I think that those who come after us have their work cut out for them if we are to take our place at the table of world economic power,” she says. Annelize says that this statement should make sense to any African because Africa is blessed with vast natural resources and a fairly young and tech savvy population. “For far too long we have been exploited and our resources enriched other foreign countries at our expense. Poverty, unemployment and strife are rife in Africa but I believe that is because many of our economies are still in the formative stages. Once we mature, Africa will truly rise. Thanks to the efforts of the people we are celebrating this year, that shall soon be a reality,” she concludes.

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AFRICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN 2017/2018

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MIW Regional Digital Magazine 2017  

Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government – this annual publication showcases Africa’s most influential women across the co...

MIW Regional Digital Magazine 2017  

Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government – this annual publication showcases Africa’s most influential women across the co...

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