‘Women should act as winners’

2016-08-18 06:00
 Radio Zibonele presenter Phelisa Foss, Reverend Malangeni and beauty therapist Nombulelo Mithi during a Woman’s Day broadcast held at Thusong Centre on Thursday. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Radio Zibonele presenter Phelisa Foss, Reverend Malangeni and beauty therapist Nombulelo Mithi during a Woman’s Day broadcast held at Thusong Centre on Thursday. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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Women were urged to rise above the daily grind of life during a live Radio Zibonele’s Woman’s Day broadcast held at Thusong Centre last week.

Motivational speaker and beauty therapist Nombulelo Mithi said in most cases women carried the burden of society to an extent they “cease to take of themselves”.

“The women who marched to the union buildings liberated us and we have to make them proud by acting as winners and not victims,” she said to a thunderous applause from the more than 300 radio listeners who had come to be part of the live broadcast.

Mithi urged women involved in traumatic situations to use story-telling as part of healing.

“Tell your stories, because by doing so, you will be liberating others,” she said.

When programme director Pheliswa Foss allowed the listeners to share their stories, it looked as if she had opened flood gates.

One listener *Nontlupheko Mhlaselwa had everyone agog as she narrated her gripping story :- she had been disowned by her family after she slept with her father.

“I did every a bad thing because I grew up without parents.

When I finally met my dad I wanted to be accepted and I ended allowing him to bed me,” she told a bewildered crowd before pastors prayed for her on stage.

“I have come here to apologise to my family and the community at large,” Nonceba said stating that at times she felt like committing suicide.

Reverend Malangeni, who opened the broadcast with a prayer said it was stories like those of Nontlupheko that kept her awake at night. “Women must have the courage to confront their demons,”she said.

Foss described the event as a great success and thanked the sponsors for supporting the initiative.

“It was full of women unity, love, peace, the conquering spirit and all the beauty,” she enthused.

“Every woman who attended the event went back home being sure that in every situation, challenge and obstacle, there is nothing impossible with God,” she said.

Mandlenkosi Hlabisa said it was encouraging to see women taking a leading role in “developing themselves”.

“We are delighted to have partnered with the station in delivering this event,” he said. Former MEC Chris Stali said women’s contribution in today’ affairs must be acknowledged.

.Meanwhile the station will be celebrating 21 years since it first went on air on August 20, at the sane hall.

Markerting manager Kholeka August said this was a milestone event for the station. “It’s been a long road for Radio Zibonele and there is a lot to celebrate,” she said. Kholeka said ex-staff members, community leaders and other stakeholders have been invited to the function. Radio Zibonele director of corporate services Mawande Jara said in the 21 years, the station has created a name for itself.

“We are still growing but we have created a strong brand and I am happy that on Saturday we will be reminiscing about the past.”.

*Name changed to protect her true identity.

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