Operation Khanyisa

Operation Khanyisa

Proudly South African hosts the inaugural "Proudly South African Women of Destiny Business Forum".

On Tuesday 21 August 2012, Proudly South African – a partner of Operation Khanyisa – held its inaugural “Proudly South African Women of Destiny Business Forum”, at Melrose Arch.  The Forum aims to celebrate women in business and media.

In his address, Proudly South African CEO, Advocate Leslie Sedibe, emphasized the importance of the role businesswomen play in the fight against electricity theft and how most people have the misconception that electricity theft is only a township problem.

The truth is business, commerce and agriculture account for 66% of energy losses in the country.

“Proudly South African is going to create activism around Operation Khanyisa by making sure we speak about the campaign at events and introduce the campaign to business,” concluded Adv. Sedibe.

When asked how women can play a role in the fight against electricity theft, Director of Social Dialogue at the Department of Economic Development Bridget Mohlala, responded by saying “we’ve started a Green Economy Accord where we are working with the likes of Eskom and the Industrial Development Corporation to teach people about what is green.

“We are educating women in rural areas, in the hope that they educate their kids about the dangers of electricity theft. We are teaching them that they also have a voice and can report any electricity theft happening in their communities.”

CEO of Klein Inc, Venete Klein, one of the guest speakers at the forum also responded and said “we can no longer be silent about what is wrong in this country.”

Miss South Africa Melinda Bam was also a guest speaker at the event and founder of GSport… for Girls Kass Naidoo was the emcee.

Operation Khanyisa is a national partnership campaign that promotes the legal, safe and efficient use of electricity in South Africa. Various stakeholders, including businesses, Eskom, the government, civil society, the media and the general public have partnered in driving this important initiative. 

Electricity theft can be reported anonymously by sending a detailed SMS to Primedia Crime Line at 32211 (R1/SMS).

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