Pan African Woman

Pan African Woman


PAN AFRICAN WOMAN was catapulted into existence by the still dire conditions of African women and thus families today and believes that by virtue of most African cultures, women are placed centrally in the family and thus, community structures. With this then is recognised, the need to ameliorate the economic status of women in order to make the difference in living conditions which all our communities are screaming for. The ethos of this organisation lives within a model that enhances the power and the strength of women to take full charge and responsibility for their lives in order to participate significantly in them and to be able to give sustainable sustenance to those whose lives they also support. This they will do through harnessing their creativity and full self-expression which will be taken into full cognisance in the outputting of the work of PAW in each of the projects embarked upon. This will be ensured through the vehicle of diversity appreciation and enhancement which is central to the core skills and ethos of PAW. Wherever possible, PAW will have intrinsic representation in each entity into which they buy.


Pan African Woman is the brainchild of Vuyo Koyana, a young, dedicated South African Black woman, the owner of The Pan African Market. She saw the need for a Black woman’s investment vehicle in a diversity-challenged Cape Town business environment and decided to utilise, as a capital base, her existing business as a platform for such an initiative. Currently, she is the proprietor of The Pan African Market and has always nurtured the vision of devolving a portion of the ownership of this establishment to the other critical players who have over the 10 years of its existence, been involved in the turning of its wheels.


She has identified the women traders, trading assistants as well as specific suppliers and contractors to be the first beneficiaries of this devolution process. This investment arm of The Pan African Market will play the role of creating wealth and knowledge for, and giving an economic voice to the women who are part and parcel of the current business as well others who are players in the broader arts and culture and youth development arenas. PAW also has a considerable rural women membership.


Through a broad-based development model, create wealth for and with as many African women as possible, both individually and through existing and far-reaching community structures that focus on women and youth To create a sense of possibility for ordinary citizens and youth by supporting viable development concepts as well as entrepreneurial dreams To reverse the effects of centuries of patriarchy and discrimination by giving women a voice in the economic sector


PAW plays in the following sectors:

– Commodities facilitation

– Food catering

– Decor

– Arts and culture and tourism

– Learning and development


Some of our clients

  • National Gender Machinery: (one week)

Refining a Strategy for the cohesive collaboration of the various elements of the NGM as part of the national gender mainstreaming policy framework


  • Western Cape Education Department: (18 months)

Mediations and disciplinary hearings (randomly called on)


  • Goree Institute (Senegal):(1 week)

Social Advocacy Training : Developing the curriculum for a manual to be used in Senegal


  • Cape Town City Council: (1day)

Social Dialogue across a cross section of public stakeholders


  • Swaziland Parliament: (5 days)

Human Rights and Conflict Management Training for Senators


  • Office of The Public Protector: (2 modules of 3 days each)

Human Rights and Conflict Management Training for Investigators


  • South African Women In Dialogue

Conference facilitation- an exchange between South African Women and Burundian Women on Optimising the involvement of Women in Governance Structures as Burundi Approaches Elections


  • The Pan African Market:

Strategy development and implementation, Contract Development , Job Profiling and Human Resources Administration. Employee and trade assistance program with emphasis on labor relations issues (8 years; ongoing)


  • European Union Parliamentary Support Programme: (1 year)

Human Resource Development Strategy for National Parliament and the provincial legislatures, including identifying training and development service providers, facilitating workshops and presenting at national conferences


  • Psychologies Magazine (2 days)

Change Management Public Workshops


  • Cape Town City Council: (1day)

Social Dialogue across a cross section of public stakeholders


  • Western Cape Treasury Department: (1 year)

Coaching and Leadership Development


  • Eskom: (2 day workshops over (1 year)

Dealing with Self During Transformation


  • BP SA (PTY) LTD: (1 week)

Facilitation Skills Training


  • Coca Cola (Pty) (Ltd) Marketing Department: (2 days over 3 yrs)

Diversity Management workshops, levels 1, 2 & 3.


  • South African Ubuntu Foundation: (3 days annually around Madiba Day)

Ubuntu Workshops in honor of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday


  • Avis : (2 day workshop over 1,5 years, ongoing)

Brand Ambassadorship and Personal Mastery Workshops


  • Bearingman Group : (2 day workshop ongoing)

Brand Ambassadorship and Personal Mastery Workshops