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Ministerial Imbizo encourages women empowerment
​(Left to right) EThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Labour Minister
Mildred Oliphant and Public Employment Services Director
Mantombi Bobani share a light moment at the Ministerial Imbizo
attended by hundreds of women from eThekwini.

Picture: ZAMANTUNGWA GUMEDE
LABOUR Minister Mildred Oliphant has encouraged women to empower each other to break the barriers of inequality.

During a Ministerial Imbizo held in Durban’s Old Drive-In-Site on 25 August, Minister Oliphant, accompanied by mayors and senior officials, presented government opportunities and policies that are aimed at empowering women.

The Imbizo provided a platform for women to engage the Minister and eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede on service delivery challenges faced by women. It also provided an information sharing platform about government services as several departments participated in various exhibitions. The key message from Minister Oliphant was about government’s readiness in achieving the National Development Plan’s 2030 goals. During the Imbizo, challenges raised included women unemployment, lack of economic opportunities experienced by women and inadequate economic participation.

Minister Oliphant encouraged women to establish co-operatives to grow as businesspeople and contribute towards the economy by creating employment for others. She also highlighted the Department’s Public Employment Service, a system which assists unemployed people to find employment. “Those interested must register on the system so that their information is captured on the Department’s Employment Services of South Africa system.”

Mayor Gumede thanked government for prioritising equality through the empowerment of women. “Now is the time for women to empower each other and stop this syndrome of pulling each other down. Now is the time to help each other rise,” she said. silindile.maluleka@durban.gov.za  
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