n Journal of Public Administration - Government mentorship programmes for women entrepreneurs in Tshwane, South Africa

Volume 46, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



The South African National Policy Framework for Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality, as well as women emancipation by government, present the opportunity for women at large to make use of business and political advantages to their benefit. This is as a result of a mechanism to redress the socio-economic effects of past policies on women, which imposed oppression and exploitation on especially black women. This study focuses on the influence of mentorship networks as a policy programme to empower black women entrepreneurs in Tshwane, South Africa. Mentorship programmes are aimed at empowering women, especially black women, who aspire to start and grow businesses. The data of the survey is analysed using the quantitative approach. The findings indicate that the South African Women Entrepreneurs' Network (SAWEN) Mentorship Programmes are not useful in empowering black women entrepreneurs.

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