Zuma helps Ugu women with garden implements

2011-11-22 00:00

KWAZULU-Natal women, including widows and domestic workers, gathered at Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe on Sunday for a one-day conference which was addressed by President Jacob Zuma, KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana.

Zuma told the widows that he was raised by his widowed mother and understands challenges they face.

The Widows Association approached the Jacob Zuma Foundation for financial support.

“I was impressed to see women in the association because they were united and speaking in one voice. Unity is strength when you want something,” he said.

The foundation also supports women in agriculture and women and children with disabilities.

“I am also happy that the premier’s office has programmes to support widows, people with disabilities and children.”

The summit resolved that there will be a gathering of all government departments dealing with issues concerning women, widows, children and people with disabilities in the third week of January 2012 to present integrated programmes designed to solve their challenges.

“We ask you come here with all your demands …

“We want to educate your children, give them bursaries and jobs so that they will take care of you and liberate you from poverty.

“We need to respect women and respect the nation. There is a saying, ‘You educate a woman, you educate a nation and you educate a man you educate a person’,” Zuma said.

Widows Association president Khethiwe Dlamini said widows are subjected to abuse by their families during disputes for inheritances.

She pointed out that women in agriculture lack resources like tractors and a market for their products.

President Zuma supplied agricultural tools to all the women present.

They also received manure and irrigation tools.

• witness@feveronline.co.za

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