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August 17
Celebrate women this month

AS WE commemorate Women’s Month and the historic 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings against the pass law, we are reminded of the resilient and ever-dominant fighting spirit of women in our beautiful country.

The month which is themed “Generation Equality: Realising women’s rights for an equal future”, should serve as a reminder of the important role that women play in the advancement of the country and that they are an important stakeholder in moving South Africa forward.

Women have been at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19. A number of our healthcare professionals are women and we have seen them in health centers carrying the country on their shoulders as the Covid-19 battle rages on. EThekwini has emerged as the epicentre of Covid-19 in KwaZulu-Natal with an upsurge in new infections expected in the coming weeks. I have no doubt that the women of our beautiful City, invigorated by the spirit of the likes of Lillian Ngoyi, Charlotte Maxeke, Victoria Mxenge, and Winnie Madikezela-Mandela, will rise to the occasion to assist the Municipality in flattening the curve.

The spread of the virus is rapidly growing, statistics of those infected are no longer just numbers but are becoming the names of our loved ones. It is for this reason that we need to employ a new way of thinking in order to stop the virus from spreading. However, we are not going to allow the pandemic to dictate our agenda as we are forging ahead by implementing policies that will see women and vulnerable groups benefiting from Municipal contracts in our endeavour to achieve equality.

Through our Radical Economic Transformation Framework’s objectives, the Municipality took the resolution that every contract totalling more than R30 million must set aside 30 percent for black-owned small businesses, particularly if they are youth or women owned. We also welcome the directive by President Cyril Ramaphosa to set aside 40 percent of public procurement for women owned business.

In as far as gender equity in the workplace is concerned, as the Municipality we are moving in the right direction. We now have more women in middle and senior management, and we will continue to groom more women for management positions. Our concerted efforts of empowering women also finds expression in the Municipal Executive Committee which comprises of 50 percent women.

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