These are our WOMEN
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.
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