Or­di­nary women do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

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

needy kids.

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

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