Trust ‘crucial for relationships’

2018-06-07 06:00
Ilitha Labantu social worker Zoliswa Mbekwa (standing), coordinated the workshop.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Ilitha Labantu social worker Zoliswa Mbekwa (standing), coordinated the workshop.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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“Trust, love and communication are the key things to a solid relationship.”

This was theme as mothers and daughters gathered at Ikhwezi Sport and Recreation Centre in Gugulethu last Saturday in an effort to re-establish good relationships.

Called Mother and Daughter Dialogue Workshop, the aim was to revive relationships­.

The event was organised by Ilitha Labantu, an NGO based in Gugulethu.

Speaking for the organisation, Ndumie Funda described the event as an annual workshop which encourages a solid relationship between a mother and daughter.

“When we talk about women and daughter relationships, we talk of deep affection.

We want women to be involved in their daughters’ lives and know what they are doing and when. We want to create trust, love, self-worth and respect among each other,” said Funda.

She encouraged women to stand up and make their opinion known.

“The rape and killing of women is alarming, but still the women are silent. We want them to be united and say enough is enough. Women must not be visible in their daughter’s life only in teenage years, we want them to always be there for their daughters because once they (daughters) miss love from their biological mothers, they will go and look it outside,” she added.

Funda said they are not there to judge but to give support to each other.

One of the attendees, Nomakhaya Zeya (55), from New Crossroads, described the workshop as inspiring and informative.

“The workshop encouraged us to be friends and communicate with our daughters­. If there is something I don’t understand or am suspecting, I must ask her. We must love each other,” says Zeya.

Daughter Nondumiso Mzukwa (30), from NY22, said the event taught her the important of trust between mother and daughter.

“As daughters we are encouraged to share everything.

“Even if I am going out I must inform my mother so that she won’t be worried about my whereabouts,” said Mzukwa.

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