Clermont women empowered

2017-01-24 06:01
Clermont Women’s Organisation members Zandile Gabela and Hlaleleni Sikakane with the bedding they made. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

Clermont Women’s Organisation members Zandile Gabela and Hlaleleni Sikakane with the bedding they made. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

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CLERMONT Women’s Organisation is a NPO established in 1991.
Spokesperson Mabusi Sikhakhane said: “The organisation was launched when former President Nelson Mandela was released from prison. It was formed by a group of concerned women as at that time education was an issue because we had the Bantu education system and the Clermont community was separated in two where we had one community living in government houses while others owned land and built their houses within the townships. “The members of the organisation wanted to fight those kind of issues and wanted the Clermont community to be united.

The organisation also decided to empower Clermont women with skills.
“We started to conduct campaigns and workshops where we invited various departments to talk to women and the youth about like rape, drugs and abuse.
“At that time we received funding from an international company named Christian Aid as well as the Department of Social Welfare. Unfortunately, the company stopped giving us funds after South Africa became a democratic country.”

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