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2016-08-11 06:00
Asithandile Nozewu, Nwabisa Nongxa, Ninih Zondi, pastor’s wife, Busisiwe Kwakweni and Feziwe Mhlongo at Langa Baptist Church, on Tuesday. PHOTOS: Mbongisen MASEKO

Asithandile Nozewu, Nwabisa Nongxa, Ninih Zondi, pastor’s wife, Busisiwe Kwakweni and Feziwe Mhlongo at Langa Baptist Church, on Tuesday. PHOTOS: Mbongisen MASEKO

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Langa Baptist Church members played host to a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Women’s March on Tuesday and treated their womenfolk to a breakfast and motivational talk.

About 2000 women were crammed inside the church on Tuesday.

The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) Western Cape sponsored the event held under the theme: Women and Success.

This was the sixth year that the event bwas held at the church.

Keynote speakers included Alex Qunta, an educator and business practitioner and Seda Western Cape Provincial Manager, Dr Michelle van Tonder, leadership development life coach, author, trainer and a curriculum developer and Dr Mamikie Molapo, educator, motivational speaker and management consultant.

Ninih Zondi, the host pastor’s wife, said the event started small but has now grown exponentially over the the past six years.

“We started it as a plough back to the women in the church and community.

The aim was to empower them to with the kind of information they need to succeed in life.

It has since gained massive support from women from different walks of life and from different churches.

Its success has been very good.

We targeted 150 women on the first event, but the numbers ended up being double that. We have over 2000 women on our list for this year’s event. It shows that it has a very good impact on their lives,” Zondi said.

Qunta said the focus areas are women development and empowerment.

He said they aim to empower them with information to start their businesses and that he hopes they will share the information with others who did not attend the event.

“Women should be in business. We need to encourage them and support them. Small enterprises create jobs in the country.

We are aware that some women, mostly in township complain that they do not get such information and they feel neglected which is why we are here today. I am overwhelmed by the attendance. It is great,” he said.

Qunta also said he is aware that there are still challenges that Seda is still facing, but he promised that they are working on them and that they will be solved in the near future.

Dr Molapo said women need to be encouraged as most of them times get carried away by their emotions which may lead them to do or say things they should not have said.

“They need to know how to express themselves in an appropriate way without hurting someone else’s feelings.

Women should not have a limiting mentality.

I teach my child about finances and many other things, because I want her to be able to do things on her own without thinking that her husband would be the one responsible for some certain things.

We need to build each other,” she said.

She said the women should guide against someone stealing a seed they were given by God which is critical for them to ensure that it becomes fruitful in their lives.

She also said they need to know how to be matriarchal in a good manner without being chauvinist.

Dr Molapo is the co-founder of I CAN GROUP comprising of the I Can Training Foundation the I Can Communication I Can Telecommunication and I Can Properties. and author of a booklet entitled “Who’s your Daddy” and has a co-authored a marriage book together with her husband entitled “It Takes Two to Tango”.

Nwabisa Nongxa, one of the women who attended, said the event was so informative to them.

“It helps us a lot and it has a great impact in our lives. They empowered us with knowledge about things that we face on a daily basis.

We need such event which will make us to strengthen each other. We need such platform where we will interact as women and talk about our issues. It makes us to be aware that we are not alone in whatever problem that we face,” Nongxa said.

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