Ordinary women doing extraordinary things
AUGUST is dubbed Women’s Month. The month affords the nation an opportunity to acknowledge and recognise the invaluable contribution women such as Lillian Ngoyi made during the Struggle.
In general, the women’s role in the struggle against the evils of apartheid is unrecognised.
Only a select few women are acknowledged – and they belong to the governing party. The names of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and the late Albertina Sisulu come to mind. Those who belong to other political organisations are not recognised.
Having said that, there are women in our generation, and in our localities, who are doing their bit in their corners to better the lives of others.
Not only that, they are also an inspiration to both men and women. More interestingly, they are neither famous nor celebrities.
I wish to honour the following phenomenal women: Lungi Mtongwana-Ndou (a former classmate), Dikeledi Molaba, Celeste Gugu Ncana and Brenda “Last Number” Yumba.
I want to believe that there are many more. However, the abovementioned have caught my attention and my hawk’s eye.
Mtongwana-Ndou is a banker, fundraiser, events organiser and a networker par excellence. Through her good organising skills, she is able to fill a hall for any event she organises, mostly under the auspices of Honey. She also gets invited to gigs as an MC and VIP.
Molaba is a public servant, entrepreneur and community developer. She buys and collects school uniforms and distributes them to poor kids in and around Mogale City on the West Rand.
Ncana is a nurse by profession and a hustler. She’s one of the top dogs in Forever Living and helps
They use their own power to empower others
Yumba is a radio broadcaster and a good organiser and trainer.
They have no political connections but are doing extraordinary things. They are also women of substance who use their personal power to empower others in their own way. They are leaders, in their own right, and unsung heroes as well. Their efforts are being noticed. Joburg