ZFM Celebrates Women 2019


The ZF Mgcawu District Municipality recently held a special Women’s Day event in honour of the women working at the District Municipality. The event formed part of the Women’s month programme of August.

Women’s month is celebrated annually in August as a celebration and commemoration of the approximately 20 000 women of who marched to the Union Buildings in 1956 to petition against the Apartheid pass laws that required South African’s to carry an passport that served to maintain segregation between blacks and whites.

The event was attended by amongst others the Executive Mayor, Cllr Roy Olyn, the Speaker of the District Municipality, Cllr Moses Moalosi and the Municipal Manager, Mr Gilbert Lategan. In his speech the Executive Mayor highlighted the plight of women in the 21st century and the constant need for the emancipation of women. This year women’s month is celebrated under the theme, “25 years of democracy- Growing South Africa together for women’s emancipation”.

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“Bringing an end to violence against women requires that every South African speak out against relations of power and dominations. Violence against women is not only a women’s issues; it is a men’s issue”, the Executive Mayor emphasised. These remarks were made with reference to the recent violent crime against a 14 year old girl found murdered in Upington. The event was organised to pay homage to the exceptional women working for the institution and to give a token of appreciation.“Your hard work, determination and commitment to the District Municipality does not go unnoticed. You do more than just work, you inspire,” he said. In the words of Michelle Obama, “Success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives”.

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