The Sit Down with Olwethu is an event that seeks to empower and speak on various topics that are generally not spoken about by parents or potential parents. Set to take place on 4 April 2020 at Sandton’s WeWork space, the conference will be bringing multi-generational thought leaders and experts to be the bridge of information to the everyday woman who seeks to gain insight into the dynamics of parenting, careers, wellness, finances and relationships. “Optimal growth is the theme for this sit-down conference which promises the millennial woman and modern mother life-altering topics and conversations,” says Olwethu, the digital doula; digital media entrepreneur and mother of three who conceived the conference.

The TedX style conference will feature five keynote speakers and eight panelists from all over Africa. These speakers include Arese Ugwu, the groundbreaking author of The Smart Money Woman, who will be heading the Finance segment. Aisha Pandor, co-founder and CEO of Sweep South, will be leading the Career segment. Kojo Baffoe, who will be heading the Parenting segment, is not only a father of two but also an esteemed writer, MC, speaker and content strategist.

Guests can also expect panelists such as Jamil Khan, author of Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams, in the Relationship segment. Phumeza Langa, who is the founder of #TheSisterHoodHour, will be facilitating the Vulnerability workshop. Raelene Rorke will be using her experience as co-founder of Spring Age and CEO of Indica to help facilitate the Career Pivoting segment. Dr Ela Manga, the founder of Breathwork Africa, a leading voice in the field of mind-body medicine and wellness, will help facilitate the conversations in the Wellness segment. Zimase Mabuse, editor of the Corporate Canvas and one of Destiny magazine’s Top 40 game changers under 40, will be one of the panelists in the Career segment.

Olwethu explains the inspiration behind The Sit Down saying: “There is this ‘Superwoman’ syndrome that gets thrown about when women have children. As if we are bulletproof and have all aspects of balancing life, love, parenting and work figured out, therefore we don’t ask for help or advice. Thus, the birth of The Sit Down – we aim to ask all the difficult questions and get answers from experts in all kinds of fields.”

She continues: “We have collaborated with VBS Luxury Group so attendees can expect a beautiful time which will be nothing short of a visual, auditory and spiritual experience. With Optimal being the theme of the event, expect optimal growth, optimal learning and optimal experiences.”

Date: 4 April 2020

Venue: WeWork, 155 West Street, Sandton

Tickets: Available from Pick ‘n Pay and Webtickets

Price: R950.00 for a Regular ticket and R1200.00 for a Premium ticket. The R1200 premium ticket includes a lunch with the speakers on Sunday the 5th of April.

About the speakers:

Aisha Pandor:

Co-Founder and CEO of Sweep South – Africa’s first online end – to end platform for booking , managing and paying for home cleaning services.

Former Scientist – PHD in Human Genetics from the University of Cape Town

Kojo Baffoe:


Writer and Columnist : Founding Editor of Blaque Magazine; Editor of Destiny Man (2010 – 2014); Editor of Afropolitan Magazine; City Press lifestyle segment; Mamas & Papas; GQ style; Forbes Africa

Speaker, MC, Facilitator

Content Strategist

Arese Ugwu:

Author of the best selling and ground breaking novel “The Smart Money Woman”.

MSC in Economic Development from University College London

BSC in Business Management from Aston Business School

Alumni Lagos Business School


Zimase Mabusa:

Editor of the Corporate Canvas

Careerist – Head of Legal, Compliance and Risk at Yolu PTY LTD

Destiny Magazine’s top 40 game changers under 40

Winner – McKinsey and Company Next generation women leaders award.

Jamil. F. Khan:

Authour of Khamr: The Making of the Waterslams – A memoir that balances personal memory and critical thinking around issues of religion, class, race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.




Critical Diversity Studies PHD candidate


Dr Ela Manga:

Founder of Breathwork Africa – A leading voice in the field of mind-body medicine and wellness in Southern Africa and abroad. At the forefront of spreading the art and science of Breathwork in Africa.

Integrated Medical Doctor



Phumeza Langa:

Communications consultant – Over 10 years experience in the communications industry, both agency and corporate with clients in the consumer, finance, education and CSI spaces.

Freelance Writer

#SisterHoodHour Founder

Raelene Rorke:

Business Woman: Co-Founded Spring Age

Founder and CEO of Indica bamboo leggings for girls

Mom of 3 girls


Hip Hop 411

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