Women staff en­joy ‘me’ time

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De­part­ment of cor­rec­tional ser­vices (DCS) Amath­ole man­age­ment area women em­ploy­ees staged a suc­cess­ful team-build­ing ses­sion in East Lon­don last Thurs­day.

Among sub­jects on the agenda were breast can­cer aware­ness, shar­ing com­mon knowl­edge about per­sonal in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­cat­ing one an­other on self-check­ing.

Area com­mis­sioner Nolitha Mangx­ila, dur­ing her pre­sen­ta­tion, said women were the lead­ers of house­holds and if there was no lead­er­ship at home you would see poverty and ill-dis­ci­pline.

She also ad­dressed sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the work place.

“We are flow­ers, yes but a flower can also be ad­mired from afar with­out hav­ing to be touched or picked, es­pe­cially if it is not yours,” she said.

Mangx­ila said the DCS had launched a sex­ual ha­rass­ment pol­icy to pro­tect its em­ploy­ees.

“We should not be vic­tims. All of us must know how to iden­tify it and re­port it and I will ask the Em­ployee As­sis­tant Prac­ti­tioner (EAP) to do a road­show to all cen­tres in the man­age­ment area which in­cludes Mid­dledrift, Fort Beau­fort, Stut­ter­heim, Makana [Gra­ham­stown] and King Wil­liam’s Town to con­duct and present the sex­ual ha­rass­ment pol­icy to all em­ploy­ees.”

Mangx­ila mo­ti­vated and en­cour­aged of­fi­cials, es­pe­cially young em­ploy­ees, to study and em­power them­selves with ed­u­ca­tion.

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UNITED GAINST BREAST CAN­CER: DCS Amath­ole man­age­ment area of­fi­cials en­joy a team-build­ing ses­sion where breast can­cer aware­ness was one of the top­ics of dis­cus­sion

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