Crowds gather for Women's Day event

2012-08-09 12:52

Pretoria - Hundreds of people gathered in central Pretoria on Thursday for the beginning of the annual Women's Day commemorations.

The crowd gathered at an open space in the city centre where a multi-purpose monument would be constructed.

Among those present were Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, Women's Minister Lulu Xingwana, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

Mokonyane told the gathering that funds had already been set aside for the centre's development.

"We have a plan in place. The City of Tshwane has already invested more than R8 million into the project.

"As the Gauteng government we have set aside R100 million to develop this site. We will be approaching national government and our partners overseas (to get further investment)."

Mokonyane unveiled the site on Thursday before the multitude marched along Stanza Bopape (formerly Church) Street, to the Union Buildings.

August is Women's Month in South Africa.

Women's Day is commemorated annually on August 9 in memory of the march held by women in 1956 to protest over apartheid pass laws, and a decision to apply them to women too.

In terms of this law, a pass restricted where black people were allowed to be, or travel to, in the country. Not carrying the "pass" or not having it up to date meant a fine or jail.

President Zuma was scheduled to speak to the crowd at the Union Buildings.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-08-09 13:10

    I thought he was in Jamaica. And yes, who would know more about women than our revered poligamist prez??

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-08-09 16:06

      @Leonard - also caught the JZ comedy half-hour. "The police are working tirelessly to defend women's rights", "we have a few challenges in education", "we are satisfied with the progress made thus far", trotting out the usual meaningless (and often hopelessly inaccurate) statistics on electrification and HIV treatments (the latter would not have happened had the private sector not sued the govt). And the most joyful news "We have also decided to formalize and professionalise netball"

  • michael.bushes - 2012-08-09 13:27

    Why celebrate this nonsense day? WHy cant we just scrap women and youth days for two other really important days. I recommend that the 9th of August becomes South Africa day and that June the 16th becomes Environment day.

      Khumo Mashifane - 2012-08-09 15:16

      @michael.bushes. buyela la ufuneka khona. ehlathini aka in the bush

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-09 13:33

    Two stalwarts of gender equality: the Jewesses Bertha Solomon and Helen Suzman, campaigners for White and Black women's votes respectively.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-09 13:35

    The money that they are wasting, from whom are they stealing this. the mayor of Tshwane is only building monuments for himself, because they are not looking after the people. He is also gaining wheight, from a nice taxpayers life. I am so glad it is Tshwane and not Pretoria.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-09 13:45

    Oh so our travelling saleman is back......oh I forgot the attraction was womens day. Now can he please go back to his office and make those heads roll he promised.

  • dean.ramjoomia - 2012-08-09 14:12

    I salute u woman of Courage!! Who at times take up the fight on our behave. But I want to remind you all. That, Man do bleed, get Hurt, Feel pain, get Abused, Violated, humiliated, Beaten/Assaulted, insulted, financially abused, yes man also suffer emotional break down are victims of sever emotional Trauma lives of anti depressions ,suffer the lost of there children and can experience any other pain just like u my ladies so please honor those of us that try our best not to victimized u due to our own or any other insecurity. VivA woman DaY!

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-09 14:47

      Save the sob story for " Mens Day " dean !

  • knox.xisalahosi - 2012-08-09 15:45


  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-08-09 16:16

    What is this about women being given jobs because not enough in top jobs. I am a woman and I do not want a top job. Why, because I am married and have children. Sorry but woman must decide between top jobs, working long hours and other people looking after your children. What can your children say in the end, my mother provided, but she was never there when we needed her. I love my nanny best.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-09 18:34

    Meanwhile back at the ranch, the ignorant Lulu's department has missing funds. No surprises.

  • des.cider - 2012-08-09 23:20

    There was a big crowd in the strip club tonight, I am told. There was no crowd at the Union Buildings, however

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