Women speak out on being pressured for sexual favours in return for business deals

Mandisa Gaba, 28, is a supplier of power generation parts and services.

Johannesburg – Young women entrepreneurs in South Africa are being stalled in their efforts to grow their businesses by male decision-makers in corporate positions because they are unwilling to relent to requests and demands for sexual favours in exchange for business deals.

This is the view of two young entrepreneurs, Mandisa Gaba, 28, who is a supplier of power generation parts and services, and Pearl Maphumulo, 30, a small business development operator who works with entrepreneurs across the continent.

Gaba and Maphumulo spoke candidly on the sidelines of the Innovative Responses to Contemporary Leadership Challenges in Africa conference, where 100 delegates – young entrepreneurs in business from 14 Southern African Development Community countries, including 40% from South Africa – met at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg, last week.

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