Th­ese are our WOMEN

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With Women’s Month com­ing to an end to­day, City Press pho­tog­ra­phers went all out to find the women in our so­ci­ety we of­ten over­look. Th­ese are or­di­nary women – our moth­ers, grand­moth­ers, sisters and friends who do not have the luxury to choose the ca­reers and jobs they love, but have to do any kind of work that will pro­vide for their families.

Th­ese women work tire­lessly for ex­traor­di­nar­ily long hours for very lit­tle, but are ex­pected to be moth­ers, wives, part­ners and grand­moth­ers when they re­turn home from work.

They have lit­tle, but do a great deal in the way of putting food on the ta­ble, send­ing their chil­dren to school and look­ing af­ter their ex­tended families.

We hope this trib­ute serves as a recog­ni­tion of their value and sac­ri­fice in bet­ter­ing the lives of oth­ers. We hon­our them be­cause their con­tri­bu­tion to so­ci­ety is in­valu­able.

Th­ese women knit to­gether the fibre of families and their im­me­di­ate com­mu­ni­ties with great care and love.

PHO­TOS: KHAYA NG­WENYA, DENVOR DE WEE, MUNTU VILAKAZI, LEON SADIKI, EL­IZ­A­BETH SEJAKE

1 Liz Hil­lier (59) de­cided to be a car guard at the Royal Natal Yacht Club af­ter eight years of job hunt­ing. She shares a house with her land­lord in Bluff, Dur­ban south 2 Shahieda Wageet (27) is a mother of three from Delft, Cape Town. She grew up as an or­phan on the Cape Flats. She learnt that re­spect goes a long way and that grow­ing up with­out par­ents shouldn’t be an ex­cuse to fail in life. Shahieda says own­ing her own home is one of her big­gest dreams and al­though it’s a lengthy process, she’s not ready to give up. Rais­ing her three daugh­ters is dif­fi­cult be­cause it’s a daily strug­gle to pro­vide for their needs. Elec­tric­ity, wa­ter and other ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties come at a price the fam­ily can­not always af­ford. She would love to help her bread­win­ner hus­band, but at the mo­ment it’s dif­fi­cult while still breast-feed­ing her twin daugh­ters, Moneera and Moneeba. Shahieda’s other dream is to know who her real fa­ther is and to build a re­la­tion­ship with her mother, who aban­doned her at the age at four. To­day, as a mother and a woman, she strug­gles to come to terms with the re­jec­tion 3 Shu­lamite Moloi (23) is a public re­la­tions grad­u­ate. She’s been look­ing for a job since 2011 to sup­port her four sib­lings. She was raised by her grand­par­ents on a farm on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. ‘Th­ese days, to have a de­gree doesn’t make things bet­ter and it’s frus­trat­ing,’ she says. She is cur­rently do­ing an in­tern­ship at GJ Crooks Hos­pi­tal in Scot­tburgh 4 Jane Modise (55) lives in an aban­doned house in Berea, cen­tral Joburg. She was left dis­abled af­ter an as­sault in 2010 5 Alina Kga­bele (57) is a mother of one from Qwaqwa, Free State. De­spite her work­ing as a street sweeper, she is ap­pre­cia­tive of the fact that many women are ex­posed to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. She has been sweep­ing the streets of Joburg for the past 24 years 6 Annie Spiers (89) is a pen­sioner from West­bury, Joburg, with 12 chil­dren, most of whom are un­em­ployed and de­pen­dent on her pen­sion. Ac­cord­ing to her, gov­ern­ment was not do­ing much in coloured ar­eas, some­thing she said was ev­i­dent in the high un­em­ploy­ment rate, which ex­plained why many chil­dren in th­ese ar­eas turned to drugs. Annie said she wished to see her chil­dren work­ing so that she could also en­joy her pen­sion

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