Stars to hon­our women’s net worth

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THANDO Thabethe is all about women and, for her fourth Netball Chal­lenge edi­tion, she wants to get the di­a­logue go­ing.

“It should be im­por­tant to talk about the is­sues fac­ing women, es­pe­cially now with women be­ing abused and killed be­ing in the spot­light,” said the 5FM DJ.

Thabethe, who is also an ac­tress, said the ini­tia­tive was aimed at restor­ing the voices and power of women, while also cel­e­brat­ing their strides and ef­forts on Women’s Day.

Of­fi­cially called the Thando Thabethe Women’s Day Netball Chal­lenge, it will fo­cus on the mes­sage “Make It Stop”, the theme of the event. The goal is to re­it­er­ate the im­por­tance of speak­ing out and not be­ing a by­stander.

“The chal­lenge doesn’t just be­long to me, it’s a com­mu­nity ef­fort that be­longs to all women. I aim to speak to the hearts and minds of all peo­ple, not just women. The femi­cide cases keep grow­ing in num­bers and it is up to us not to be by­standers,” said Thabethe.

All teams will be put to the test dur­ing var­i­ous heats, where they will go head to head un­til the win­ning team is crowned. The top three teams will win prizes.

Every year, pro­ceeds from the chal­lenge go to­wards an or­gan­i­sa­tion, and this year Nisa Homes will re­ceive the money. Nisa is a tran­si­tional shel­ter for abused women and chil­dren.

Celebrities who will be in­volved in the chal­lenge on Au­gust 9 in­clude Gen­er­a­tions: The Legacy ac­tress Manaka Ranaka, Se­li­math­unzi pre­sen­ter Khanya Mkangisa, pre­sen­ter Boity Thulo, Idols judge Somizi Mh­longo and soc­cer star Jimmy Tau.

To launch the oc­ca­sion, Thabethe will be host­ing a lunch – themed “The Beauty of be­ing a Woman” – on Satur­day with for­mer pub­lic pro­tec­tor ad­vo­cate Thuli Madon­sela as special guest.

En­try to the tour­na­ment costs R150 and en­try forms can be found at www. thandotha­

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