26 Jul. 2019

In the build-up to Women’s Month taking place in August 2019, a number of organisations are supporting the Global Trade Show of Networking and Matchmaking South Africa 2019 (GTS 2019), which takes place from 29 to 31 July at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand. The African Women in Supply Chain Association (AWISCA), Female Entrepreneur SA, the Xanopia Women’s Business Group, the Randburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and various other chambers, are amongst a growing number of organisations supporting this international business and trade fair, now in its third year in South Africa.

Global Market Access

“The Global Trade Show brings markets to our doorstep,” explains Farzana Varachia, CEO and Founder of Xanopia Women’s Business Group, an organisation that offers a full turnkey solution to socio-economic problems by empowering women to be in the forefront of the economic transformation and be agents of social change. “Women are often marginalised when it comes to market access, but through GTS businesswomen are accessing more markets: regional, continental and international”. Varachia and Xanopia have been active supporters of GTS since its inception. “GTS is run by women and Xanopia’s focus is on women empowerment. We look at GTS as a huge step for women to host an event of this magnitude. Women should be able to gain support in education, trade and access to markets.”

An accomplished woman in business, Varachia also chairs the Commonwealth Businesswoman’s Network, as well as the Global Goodwill Ambassadors.

The Randburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry (RCCI) is hosting a pavilion at this year’s event, showcasing some of its top businesses, both men- and women-owned. “We are passionate about opening new doors for trade,” explains RCCI CEO Linda Blackbeard. “GTS gives our members excellent exposure to key markets and our SMMEs are serious about doing business. Expos such as the Global Trade Show enable face-to-face, immediate communication. It creates an environment for dialogue, a place where people can experience and touch and feel products”. Through GTS, the RCCI aims to link its SMMEs with agents, distributors, importers and exporters from around the world.

Blackbeard has a distinguished career in business and has received two lifetime achievement awards for her successes.

An international trade and business exhibition, GTS comprises four mini-exhibitions: Tools and Build South Africa 2019 (TBS) – focusing on tools, hardware & building supplies, Household and Appliances 2019 (HAS) – showcasing housewares, home appliances & furniture, Food and Beverage South Africa 2019 (FBS) - exhibiting food & beverage products; and Smart Electronics Security 20189 (SES) – focusing on smart electronics & security products.

In addition to the extensive exhibition, a number of free-to-attend workshops, seminars and matchmaking events are taking place at GTS 2019. These include:

  • Business-to-Business matchmaking sessions
  • Workshops focusing on how to access international markets
  • An Entrepreneurs in Action series
  • Women in business roundtable

For more information on the Global Trade Show 2019, please contact Anina Hough on +27 (0) 83 260 8131 Email:

Farzana Varachia, Founder and CEO of Xanopia Women’s Business Group

Linda Blackbeard, CEO of the RCCI