‘Women are the engine of the family’

2014-08-30 00:00

WITH her husband away in Russia, First Lady Bongeka Ngema-Zuma, had the women at the YMCA enthralled as she told them yesterday what W-O-M-E-N really means.

Ngema-Zuma, President Jacob Zuma’s fourth wife, was the guest speaker at the Msunduzi Women’s Month celebration yesterday. Her speech was peppered with strong spiritual messages, lessons in self-empowerment and how not to behave.

“W” she said was about wellness, worth and winning. It was also about watching one’s words and it was not about whining.

“O” was for a positive outlook, taking ownership of one’s life and one’s job. She said unemployment was high and those with jobs should be grateful and work to the best of their ability. “Be the best sweeper, the best window cleaner, the best manager,” she said. “O” was also for obedience. Ngema-Zuma called on the women to obey authority, their bosses, their partners and God.

“M” was for magnificent, marvellous women. It was also about having the right mental attitude.

“E” was for self-empowerment and equality.

Ngema-Zuma said, “A man is the head of a family and a woman is the heart. She is the engine of the family. Clap for yourself for being engines,” she said and the hall reverberated with good cheer.

“N”, she said, was for neatness and saying no to failure. She urged the women to laugh out loud, enjoy life and love unconditionally.

Ngema-Zuma set an alphabet trend, and the day was also about “B’s”; there was herself — Bongeka. Beauty featured strongly and the women were given a presentation on beauty tips by a beautician named Bright. Then, there was Bernard, the singer. He was a big hit with the crowd and had them on their feet jiving, singing and gasping with delight as he crooned a medley of love songs.

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