District mayor advises women

2017-08-23 06:01
Umgungundlovu DistriPHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Umgungundlovu DistriPHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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AS Women’s Month comes to a close Umgungundlovu District Mayor Thobekile Maphumulo encouraged women to start economic development projects so as to alleviate poverty.

In an exclusive interview with Maritzburg Fever last week, she said some women are afraid to go into business because of the challenges involved.

“Don’t fear challenges - get in and see what happens. Women are strong and can do anything.

“To our seven local municipalities we ask women to start co-operatives. Government will help them and we as a district will also help them. We will also make sure there is a budget to help women. They need to do what they can using their hands - women are talented.”

Maphumulo said it is important for women to hold each others hand when stepping up the ladder to success.

“This will help us because we will all be going up and if you fall you will have someone to catch you.”

She said abused women must speak up and not remain in an abusive relationship.

“Most women remain in abusive relationships saying they are doing it for their children. Sometimes they do this because they think that when they get out of that relationship, they have no idea what to do or where to go. They will stay although they are not happy.

“Sometimes it better to say ‘yes’ and get out of that relationship and start afresh. I also want to tell men to stop abusing us. Women can’t fight back, which is why sometimes they end up being killed because they can’t fight for themselves. We love our partners, but that does not give them the right to abuse us,” she said.

Maphumulo said abuse has a bad influence on children because they in turn will possibly take their anger to school and abuse their fellow pupils.

“The youth must realise that men will always be here. If I was young again I would focus on my books.

“Men in this day and age don’t want uneducated women. If you get into a relationship or marriage you need to have something in your hand. Be independent. Empower yourself.”

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