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Zuma: Female empowerment important

2012-08-28 22:34

Johannesburg - The empowerment of women and female-owned businesses is integral to the growth of South Africa's economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"Our youth, both male and female, need to be provided with role models to look up to, so that we can succeed in creating a winning nation of achievers in all fields," he said.

"We also know that the advancement of women in the country, especially in the economic sphere, still needs a lot of attention given the backlogs."

Zuma was speaking at the Businesswoman of the Year awards in Johannesburg.

He said the women who had been honoured since the inception of the award were "exceptional.

"The significance of the awards is that they promote positive images of women as achievers in general, but more especially in the male-dominated business sector."

He said the 2012 Women in Leadership census report painted "a disturbing picture of female representation" in the private sector.

The report found that women held only 3.6% of chief executive or managing director positions, 5.5% of board chair positions, 17% of directorships and 21% of executive manager positions.

"The situation in the public service is not better," Zuma said.

The report found that women constituted 58.9% of the total workforce in government, but only 0.8% at top management and senior management level.

"To address the slow pace of gender transformation, government's programme of action includes the promotion of gender equality and the advancement of women in all sectors," Zuma said.

Empowerment

"In addition, as government we are trying our best to provide support mechanisms for women in the economy."

He said the government would continue to support female-owned enterprises.

"We will also continue to encourage the development and growth of more women-owned enterprises that will take on the opportunities brought about by the localisation initiatives of our industrial policy action plan," Zuma said.

"At a more long-term level, the economic empowerment of women is included in the National Development Plan [which was] released on 15 August in Parliament by the National Planning Commission."

The Commission for Gender Equality said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from the Democratic Alliance about remarks Zuma made about women on a television talk show.

"The commission is investigating the complaint and will allow due processes to run its course," the commission said in a statement.

Zuma made the comments during an interview with Dali Tambo on his television show People of the South, aired by SABC3 last Sunday.




Comments
  • Snookie - 2012-08-28 22:55

    ha ha ha you work your butt off have the qualifications and the positions go to the sistas....... that you have trained....

      bernpm - 2012-08-28 23:21

      no, you got this wrong......the positions go to the sistas, you marry 5-6..any number of them and be happy for ever there after. :-)

      james.rossouw - 2012-08-28 23:42

      And I thought self empowerment via Hard Work,Competence brains was the road to success.

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-29 08:15

      I just puked on my keyboard! Being a South African, I am so ashamed to be associated with such stupidity. Women, "empower" yourselves! The cANCer can not even "empower" a piss-up in a brewery.

      loo.steyn - 2012-08-29 08:42

      A few days ago Zuma basically says " Women must have children which will make them better people". So the "lesbians" and other women that cant have kids is screwed in terms of contribution to RSA ? The government says , please do family planning and don't have kids if you cant afford them nor if you are in casual relationships. Here he says , ,women empowerment is very important in the business sphere, show me which young women , newly married ,starting her career can afford having kids at this time. All Im trying to get to ..WHO T F writes their speeches. Do those people not look at what was said a week ago and try to keep some sense perspective with new speeches ?????!!!!!!!!!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-08-29 09:50

      Is this before, after or during they have had babies to make them better zuma? Has he just realised that he has foot in mouth disease?

      chris.novak.9235 - 2012-08-29 11:50

      zuma must die sooooonnnn..please someone, take a bolt off his airplane rudder!

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-08-28 23:17

    But according to you Zuma, women should be bare foot, pregnant and in the kitchen. Hard juggling act to be a CEO at the same time, by anyone's standards ......

      infijar.ken - 2012-08-28 23:40

      Does Zipper think that glasses make him look intelligent?

  • mastersvoice - 2012-08-29 00:39

    The report will also indicate that 0% of women are President of South Africa. Perhaps he should step aside for Zille...

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-29 02:23

    Wow just the other day he said women are there to make babies and stay in the kitchen, today woman must be empowered again. Zuma is just like a parrot reading somebody else's speech but it's hard to tell what he actually believes in.

      indianajohn - 2012-08-29 07:23

      You can't believe in somehing you don't understand. So I assume he believes in nothing.

  • klaas.waarzegger.7 - 2012-08-29 06:03

    Dear Jacob. As you were mentioning: " both male and female roll models to look up to" Why don't you comply?

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-08-29 06:20

    I thought Zuma was more into female impalement than empowerment?

      tw2066 - 2012-08-29 07:12

      LOL

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-08-29 07:08

    bla bla bla ROLEMODELS??? hahahahha!! Hey YEs!! lets all look up to the people that burn the country, steal all the money!! yEs!! lets do it!!

  • tw2066 - 2012-08-29 07:11

    OOPs Mr Zuma pi$$ed woman off with his barefoot and pregnant view, now he going to the opposite end and promoting women over all else. I wonder if SAA will be changing their policy in favour of sistas over men both previously disadvantaged in shade, and currently disadvantaged in shade? Showerkop remains a racist sexist opportunist......

  • anthony.kay.965 - 2012-08-29 07:28

    it won't work mr Z, you have it all wrong. You take women from the bush and make them ministers. they can't separate two donkeys hey, but you make them ministers. Hey, stupidity has it's limits, but this is too much.

  • wayne.faulds - 2012-08-29 07:32

    How ironic. JZ calling for female empowerment.........and calling for people to stand up and be role models. When is this man going to learn to "walk the talk"?

  • godesha - 2012-08-29 07:48

    Did he not say that women must marry and have children? I wish he would make up his mind.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-29 07:51

    Stupid comments by negative people.

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-29 08:20

      Oh NO!!!!!!!! Negative comment by a stupid person

  • maureen.churchill.9 - 2012-08-29 07:56

    Women must get married have babies AND be empowered....where must they be empowered in the bedroom or kitchen. Me thinks he's trying to be sly 'cos he took a lashing over women must marry.'

  • LanfearM - 2012-08-29 07:57

    ROFL! Yah right Zuma, we all know what you think of women! Women of SA, we don't need to wait for Zuma to empower us, we can and must do this ourselves.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-08-29 08:21

    Zuma has no understanding of anything that he reads, he reads it parrot fashion but it means nothing to him as he does not comprehend.

  • john.jacobs16 - 2012-08-29 10:36

    WELL PEOPLE CHOOSE TO MISINTERPRET WHAT ZUMA SAID , ONLY TO SATISFY THEIR HATE AND NEGATIVE STUPID MIND SETS , WHATS WRONG IN ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO HAVE CHILDRED AND BE MARRIED,IS THAT NOT RESPECTFUL,MAYBE YOU NEED TO ASK YOUR MOTHER WHERE YOU CAN FROM BEFORE YOU UTTER YOUR POISON,YOU CLAIM ZUMA IS CORRUPT BUT YOU SPEND HALF THE DAY OF COMPANY TIME ON FACEBOOK AND NEWS FEEDS ,AND YOU THINK YOU ARE NOT CORRUPT,WHEN YOU GET A JOB THROUGH A MATE YOU CALL IT CONNECTIONS AND AND WHEN ITS BLACK POLITICIANS ITS CORRUPTION ,

  • david.schiff.12 - 2012-08-29 11:56

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Naomi-Schiff-Racing/151067584949477

  • david.schiff.12 - 2012-08-29 11:59

    Well said ! Girl power ! go go ladies !

  • david.schiff.12 - 2012-08-30 15:41

    I have represented South Africa in several world karting championships over the past four years, nationalized South African and having lived in South Africa since the age of four, I am proud to be a female in a man's dominated sport "motor racing" and hope to be a role model for many South African woman and woman in general Yesterday at 11:48am · Edited · Like · 1

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