Wonderful Women: Gathering this weekend gets a boost

2008-08-26 00:00

Finance and Economic Development MEC Dr Zweli Mkhize has thrown his support behind this Sunday’s Wonderful Women’s Gathering, donating R500 000 towards the project.

The event was launched in Durban yesterday.

It is expected to attract more than 40 000 people to Durban’s Absa stadium.

The Wonderful Women’s Gathering, an initiative by Awesome Africa to mark the end of Women’s Month, will celebrate women at a special concert featuring top South African performers such as gospel singer Deborah Fraser, storyteller Gcina Mhlope and pop group Freshlyground.

The event will also commemorate the women of 1956 who marched on Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the apartheid pass laws.

In his address, Mkhize said the idea to celebrate women is wonderful, because far too many South Africans dwell on negative things.

The decision to endorse the event was an easy one, said Mkhize, because he is “amazed” by the passion of the Awesome Africa team.

“Most people concentrate only on the negatives and ignore the positive aspects of the country. There is a lot we can do to turn this negativity around,” he said.

Mkhize believes the event will get people talking. “One of the benefits is that there will be a group talking about what they can do to make South Africa a great country,” he said.

Mkhize appealed to the public to support the event, which he described as the “beginning of good things”.

“We will be mobilising a lot of women who have decided to take a stand against poverty.

“We will also make a contribution to improve the mood of the province,” he added.

Dr Nikolaus Eberls, a best-selling author who is involved in internal marketing for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is one of the speakers at the event.

“Humanity needs the female element. Women will be key to making the 2010 Fifa World Cup event a success,” he said.

Tickets at R30 can be bought through Computicket. Box-holders can buy tickets through Absa Stadium.

Gates open at 9 am. Proceedings get under way at 11 am and finish at about 3 pm.

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