Fewer women in local government - Zuma

2012-07-06 22:10
Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma says. (File, Beeld)

Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma says. (File, Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Women's representation in local government decreased after the 2011 elections, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

He said this was despite the increase in representation of women in Parliament from 2.7% during apartheid to 27% after 1994.

"The country missed the opportunity at these elections to advance local government towards a 50/50 gender parity," Zuma told a Progressive Women's Movement of SA conference in Mthatha.

Zuma said this was because some political parties did not feature an adequate number of women in their candidate lists for local government.

The country had however made strides in promoting gender equality especially in business and politics, through the introduction of legislation.

"Research compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) shows that out of 189 countries globally, South Africa is ranked number seven in women's political participation," Zuma said.

The government's goal was to achieve the 50/50 gender parity by 2015.

Women enterprenuers were supported at various levels to improve their participation in the economy, especially small business owners.

"Key to the development of small business by government would be to improve government's ability to pay suppliers on time, within the prescribed 30-day period," Zuma said.

He said non-payment had been a serious problem to business over a long period of time, especially small businesses run by women.

"The presidency and the Treasury will monitor compliance on a month to month basis to show departments the importance of compliance regarding this."

- SAPA
Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  gender equality  |  local government  |  politics
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

7 tips for the ultimate family camping trip

Taking the kids on a camping trip can be one of the most memorable holidays they will ever have!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

BASE jump off the world’s tallest building!
Stand up paddler rides over shark!
Bear Grylls’ top 10 things kids should do outdoors
You HAVE to see this MTB Tsunami Fip!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Deal of the week!

20% off Afrikaans books, music and DVDs. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Hot gaming titles – available for pre-order!

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Day Zero Edition, Far Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto 5 and more. Pre-order now!

Get a free eBook

Buy 3 eBooks and get the cheapest FREE. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Pushing too hard and doing too much may have left you feeling drained and overwhelmed. You may need time out to recharge and reset...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.