‘Queens for the day’

2015-09-10 06:00
Female staff at Michael Mapongwana were happy for the special treat by their male collegues, in Harare, Khayelitsha, on Friday.

Mbongiseni Maseko

Female staff at Michael Mapongwana were happy for the special treat by their male collegues, in Harare, Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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It was jubilation all around when female staff at Michael Mapongwana Community Health Centre were given the royal treatment courtesy of their male colleagues last Friday.

Although it was a belated show of appreciation, the benefactors did not seem to mind as the occassion was an unforgettable moment.

Woman’s Month is celebrated in August in South Africa.

The delayed event was part of the Women’s Month celebration.

The male staff cooked a mouth-watering meal for their colleagues.

Mandla Manyela, one of the hosts for the day, said the event was delayed because the only suitable time seemed to be the begining of the month, as patient volumes are low during the first week of the month.

“We are a busy facility normally, and we prioritise patients,” he added.

Manyela said this was their way showing bappreciation for their colleagues.

“We want to acknowledge them. They have infinite strength and it is time males saw that women are powerful in many ways and are mentally fit. They are doing a great job in the clinic.

This was the first time the male staff has organised such event and they are hoping to do it annualy.

Thembisa Cele, one of the ‘queens’ for the day, said the impact of the event will leave an indelible memory to them.

“I feel very happy, because they are treating us like we are so special. This shows that there are males out there who still do good things in the society than being known for doing bad things. It is a good surprise for us and we are proud of them. They dug from their pockets to fund this event,” Cele said.

There are about 150 female staff members at the clinic.

The clinic sees about 28 000 patients per month

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