Wonderful women's gathering: strong backing from PMB

2008-08-25 00:00

August 31 is the last day of women's month. The Wonderful Women Gathering being held at the Absa Stadium, Durban, next Saturday marks the great campaign of 1956, when women marched on the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the carrying of pass books.

Awesome SA is sending out a rallying cry once again to the country's women to come together with their families to the Wonderful Women's Gathering in a show of unity to create the society that all South Africans would want to live in.

Pietermaritzburg has once again come to the fore. Although the gathering is being held in Durban, it is the Msunduzi Council Exco that has offered financial support. Civic leaders in Pietermaritzburg, along with Mayor Zanele Hlatswayo and the Exco, have a hopeful vision for the future of South Africa, leading them to back the gathering.

The capital, whose streets feature the architectural heritage of the Voortrekkers and the British, is the home of the descendants of the Khoisan and Nguni-speaking agriculturalists who were here when the Trekkers arrived. It is home to coloured and Indian communities who settled here in the 19th century. The descendants of these settlers have all made a vital contribution to the city's growth and prosperity.

In recent years, Pietermaritzburg has become recognised as an educational centre, an industrial growth point and a budding centre of tourism.

The idea for the Wonderful Women's Gathering was born out of Pietermaritzburg, just like the Comrades Marathon, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Midmar Mile and other internationally recognised events.

Among the music acts to feature next Saturday will be Freshlyground, gospel singer Deborah Fraser and the Durban Girls' High School band. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is to endorse the gathering with a special message, and the speakers will include storyteller Gcina Mhlope and Dr Nikolaus Eberl, who will talk about Germany's nation-branding success during the 2006 football World Cup.

Tickets are R30 from Computicket. Gates open at 9 am and the event kicks off two hours later. For more information, contact Di Smith at 083 390 4930.

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