New hope for poor women in KZN

2008-05-28 00:00

Women who rely on child support payments will be offered skills training to help them start their own businesses, thanks to a KZN Provincial Government partnership with the regional office of the Justice and Constitutional Development Department.

The Operation Isondlo Women Empowerment Programme will be launched with a series of events starting tonight with a gala dinner at the Hilton Hotel Durban, addressed by Finance and Economic Development MEC Dr Zweli Mkhize.

This will be followed by an all-day men’s seminar tomorrow at the same venue, addressed by Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange.

Topics to be covered include the meaning of fatherhood, the moral obligation to support children and families, the Maintenance Act, civil remedies to recover arrears and future maintenance and tackling gender-based violence.

On Saturday, there will be a Good Fatherhood Walk, starting at 9.30 am at the corner of Russell and West streets to the Durban City Hall.

The walk will be led by religious leaders, politicians and celebrities and will end with an awareness programme involving musicians, poets and comedians.

According to Zodumo Mbuli, spokeswoman for the Finance and Economic Development Department, the skills development programme was started by the Justice Department in 2005 to improve the maintenance system in the courts.

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