Progressive Business Forum Women’s Day Luncheon

“What an amazing Women in Business event on 17 August last year in Midrand. Aside from the speakers and entertainment, there is no question that the gifts in the goody bags blew everyone away.”

The powerful and dynamic programme of speakers all addressing the critical issue of ‘The Empowerment of Women In Business’, was attended by among the most influential and dynamic business women in South Africa as well as  by more than a dozen Ambassadors, High Commissioners,  Heads of Mission,  Diplomats  and international representatives.

A key component to the Women in Business Luncheon, as on previous occasions, has been the goody bag with which each lady attending is presented.  This goody bag, filled with gifts graciously donated, is a symbol of warmth and kindness and generosity.

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POPIA and How It Will Affect the Industry

The POPI Act has been developed to abide with South African citizens’ constitutional right to privacy. But what will happen when the act comes into effect in May 2018? And how will it affect your direct selling business?

The DSA SA will endeavour to keep you updated.


WFDSA World Congress

October 2017 marked a key moment when WFDSA held the triennial World Congress “Own the Future” in Paris, France. What a most unforgettable World Congress. Around 500 delegates from more than 50 different countries exchanged their views, their experiences and learned from each other around how to “Own the Future”.

Delegates thanked gracious host, French DSA for the powerful meeting content, the beautiful surroundings of Paris, an unforgettable Awards Gala in Chateau de Versailles and the wonderful hospitality they arranged for delegates.

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Growing DSA Membership in 2018

The Direct Selling Association of South Africa is on a membership drive in 2018!

It has been estimated that there are some 50 non-member companies operating in South Africa and the DSA will actively make contact with them, inviting them to make application for membership.

We have contact details for some, but not all. We need your help! If you are aware of any direct selling companies that are not members of the DSA, then please provide the DSA Secretariat, Imtiaz Ebrahim, with the name and contact details. There is strength in numbers and we are aiming to build an even stronger Association for the benefit of all members.

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Getting the Basics Right

Too often it is the basic things that business gets wrong, and more often than not, it takes a simple process to fix what is wrong. While this might be something small, the benefit to the business can be huge. Avon Justine experienced this first hand through their Service Model Evolution which focussed on Brilliant Basics. Mafahle Mareletse, group vice president TMEA GM Avon Justine South Africa, told the story at the DSA November meeting. This is a short summary of what he presented.

Two and half years ago, Avon Justine put in place 18 major initiatives after examining their business and realising there were many problem areas. The improvement under this process has led to massive growth, and the improvement is continuous.

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Powerful Messages From the DSA USA Conference 2017

Angelique du Toit, Director at Annique Health and Beauty, attended the June 2017 USA Direct Selling Association (DSA) conference. At the DSA SA meeting held in November, she shared some of the highlights from the best speakers and presentations from the conference.

While this is an American conference, with the focus very “American”, Angelique says this content is still very translatable to South Africa.

Focusing on who we are

The first presentation she reports on is Joseph Mariano, who is the USA DSA President and who has incredible passion for direct selling. He started his presentation by saying that as an industry we need to focus on who we are, not who we aren’t. Continue reading “Powerful Messages From the DSA USA Conference 2017”

From the Desk of the DSA Secretariat

As DSA Secretariat, I have the opportunity of connecting with you through email, telephone conversations and at DSA meetings. This enables me to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in our industry at a local level, learn about successes and challenges and to share knowledge and experience with you as members.

The first half of the year is always a busy period from a Secretariat perspective. One of the biggest tasks is the annual member survey, which enables the DSA to submit aggregated local industry statistics to the WFDSA for inclusion in its global survey results, which is a WFDSA membership requirement of local DSAs. Aggregated data is also used for local DSA industry statistics and provides essential information around industry trends, growth, successes and challenges. Thank you to all members who have completed and returned your surveys.

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Message from the DSA SA Chairperson

Welcome to the first of our DSA Online Newsletters! We hope you find the content interesting and of value. We’d love to hear from you – scroll down to the end to post your comments and ideas!

As we steer our way into the fifth month of 2018, my thanks and gratitude go to all DSA Directors and DSA member company executives who continue to support and build the DSA of South Africa. We work together in a wonderful industry that offers exceptional opportunities for entrepreneurial development and personal growth.

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