National Women’s Day: Events across SA to celebrate Mzansi’s women

Cape Town – Women of Mzansi, 9 August is all about you!

Celebrated annually in SA as National Women’s Day, it commemorates the day in 1956 when about 20 000 women marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's “pass laws” that required black South Africans to carry an internal passport. The day has been celebrated since 9 August 1994 when the country became a democracy.

Even though National Women’s Day is now a wonderful opportunity for many women to take a much-needed break from their daily work routines, it is also a day when we are reminded of the incredible strength, perseverance and will-power that women possess.

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The National Department of Tourism hosts a Woman in Tourism brunch and networking event in celebration of Women’s Day, while also providing the opportunity to meet leading women in the industry.

This year’s theme is “30 in 5” with the aim of ensuring 30% of women are in top management positions across the tourism industry in the next five years, says the department.

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The brunch will take place simultaneously in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Polokwane and Rustenburg, on Thursday 24 August from 8.30 am to 12 pm.

“Our city hero for the event is Doek On Fleek who supports female entrepreneurs, providing a platform for them to sell their products at markets around the country. Doeks will be on sale on the day,” adds the department. More details on the venues and bookings to follow.

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Whether you are a woman who wants to pamper yourself with something relaxing, treat yourself to something empowering or share the day with other amazing women in your life, or if you are a man who would like to spoil a special woman and show her your appreciation, then here are some ideas and events across SA to celebrate Women’s Day.


Women's Day Pink Walk

The Women's Day Pink Walk, on 9 August at Holla Trails at Sugar Rush Park in the north coast of KZN, aims to commemorate all those women who walked to the Union Buildings. Ideal for the whole family, partake in this 5 km walk for empowerment while remembering those who empowered us.

The walk costs R40 per person and R20 for kids under 16. The dress code is “bright and pink”, and there are prizes for best dressed! Entries start at 7 am on 9 August. Download your entry form from and bring it to the event to enter.

Women's Day High Tea

Indulge in high tea on 9 August at Fern Hill Hotel’s Fern Theatre, from 2 pm to 4 pm, for R140 per person. This popular Women’s Day treat is especially delightful when shared with a group of girl friends, and also is the perfect way to spoil mom or grandma. Guests will enjoy live music, tasty treats and a photo booth will be available.

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SA Women's Arts Festival

If you love theatre and live performances, then attending one or more of the productions scheduled to take place at the Playhouse Opera Theatre’s SA Women's Arts Festival should be on your to-do list in celebration of Women’s Day.

Running from 10 August to 18 August in various theatres at the Playhouse Company, there are four productions that are bound to entice the audience. For more information on exact show times, dates and bookings, click here.

Eastern Cape

Be daring – go on a helicopter flight

Helicopter Pilot Training Centre and E'scape Airtours in Port Elizabeth will offer scenic helicopter flights from Baywest Mall on 9 August from 9 am.

This uplifting experience will certainly make for a unique and more daring way to celebrate the day. Click here to contact the Centre for bookings and more information.

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Celebrating Women in August

Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism hosts a Celebrating Women in August event at the Red Tree on Main, boasting an “Indian dress-up” theme. It takes place on 8 August from 6 pm.

Indian cuisine will be available as well as a range of fashion, make-up, music and wine – giving women everything they need to destress and have some downtime.

The women-only events costs R200 per person and includes a meal, a sweet treat and entry into lucky draws. Women are encouraged to wear red as part of the theme. For more information email

Western Cape

Women's Day Celebration with a hint of quirk

At Delvera Farm in Stellenbosch on 9 August women will be celebrated with plentiful tastings and spoils. From 10 am, guests can get massages by Stellenbosch Lyno and Conditioning Studio and sip on sparkling pomegranate juice and special ciders. A local olive expert from Chrisna’s Olives will share a selection of olives, and Le Chocolatier will provide chocolate samples.

This family-friendly event also boasts games for children. For some whimsical fun, dress up in quirky attire to stand a chance to win prizes for the best dressed Mad Hatter.

Book a table or ticket and you’ll be served champagne and finger snacks on arrival. It will cost R200 per person or R1 500 per table that seats 8. Tickets available at

Fragrance workshop

From 9 August to 12 August, visit Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl to learn about essential oils and how to make your own perfumes and room sprays. Lushinka of Le Riche Naturals, will conduct the workshop from 10am to 1pm, and thereafter you may stay for lunch at the hotel.

The workshop costs R850 per person. Make a booking by emailing

Women's Day Yoga Class

Show your body and mind some love this Women’s Day with a special Yoga Class at the The Source in Constantia, from 9 am to 10.15 am, with Bianca Volans. The Vinyasa practice is themed Holding Space and is accessible to all levels. In aid of a good cause, while celebrating womanhood, the proceeds will go to MPower which supplies menstrual cups to young women in need.


Party with a purpose

At Randlords in Joburg, you can party with a purpose on August 8, at the Women's Day Affair. Men are allowed to enter as well and portion of the profits will be donated to the CANSA Association of South Africa. Hot on the line-up is Timo ODV, who is sure to keep you dancing all night together with other top SA DJ’s. Click here for ticket prices and bookings.

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Destress at Fourways Farmers Market

Take a break from the Jozi rush and stroll through Fourways Farmers Market for a special Women's Day Market on 9 August. Champagne, oysters and a musical line-up in the city are bonuses to getting some retail therapy done at the market.

The family treat costs R20 per adult, children under 12 and pensioners enter free, and the market is pet friendly. Email for more information.

Short Cuts Craft

If you’re the creative type and find relaxation in arts and crafts, then join Jow and the Short Cuts Craft in Sandton for a special Women's Day treat on 9 August.

Get crafty and creative with double pay layout and learn card-making techniques from 10 am to 2 pm. It costs R640 per person and includes a jam-packed kit, Women's Day Braai and sweet treats. Book by emailing or call 011 234 4640.

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