Moms honoured

2016-03-10 06:00
 The City of Cape Town, Social Development and Early Childhood Development hosted the International Womens Day gala dinner at the Solomon Tshuku Hall where 15 women were honoured.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

The City of Cape Town, Social Development and Early Childhood Development hosted the International Womens Day gala dinner at the Solomon Tshuku Hall where 15 women were honoured. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Tuesday was International Women’s Day and the stakeholders spared no time in giving them the honour they deserve.

It was a special day for groups of women in Khayelitsha as the City of Cape Town, Social Development and Early Childhood Development hosted a gala dinner at the Solomon Tshuku Hall in their honour.

The 15 women were honoured were honoured for the good work they performed in their communities.

According Councillor Jeremia Thuynsma, who is also Subcouncil 9 chairman, these women were recognised for their work in community development and other facets in their fight against social ills.

“This year we decided to celebrate this wonderful day by giving credit where it is due, celebrating women that have been very instrumental in the development of Khayelitsha.

The heroines were Nosizwe Mbeki, Shiela Dladlu, Nolubabalo Mtshalala, Nothandekile Lambutha, Nomalungelo Gxogxa, Pikiswa Mjuleni, Doreen Bophe, Nomvuyo Khondlo, Nobathembu Dyasi, Nokulunga Nasondwana, Nomzamo Kolisi, Nosiseko Phaqa, Mildred Tshukuse and Nomatshaka Nojingxa.

He said that the Subcouncil has been very active in celebrating and empowering women for the past five years.

“This is not just handouts, as we have even focussed on business as we established programmes for informal women traders.

We hope event such as today will encourage women to continue the stellar work they do for our community,” said Thuyusma.

Community worker Nolubabalo Mtshalala who worked with domestic violence and abuse said that she was over the moon to learn that she was going to be one of the women that were honoured.

“I was shocked because this kind of work doesn’t always come with rewards. However I am extremely happy to know that the hard work we put in doesn’t go unnoticed,” she said.

Her job entails visiting homes where they believe there is abuse and violence as well as helping victims.

“The biggest challenge we find is that because the violence is conducted by people known or close to the victims, such acts often go unreported. And the victims seldom seek help as a result.

She said they also dealt with cases of youngsters forcing their parents to hand over money to satisfy their drug usage.

“Others stripped appliances in the household to sell for their drug craving.”

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