Women empowerment critical for government

Empowering women is a critical responsibility of every society and will contribute immensely to any government’s economy. This is according to the former African Union chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma who was speaking during the women summit held at the Mafikeng
convention Centre on Tuesday. Dlamini Zuma has called on women not to be deterred by challenges they continue to experience daily. She warned that leaving out women in the process of economic transformation will be depriving the country a huge talent and positive contribution. “It has been proven that most businesses that are led by women have harvested positive results and recorded a great success. I also would like to encourage government to buy
local products from the very cooperatives they have supported, so that they continue to be
sustainable,” said Dlamini Zuma. She encouraged the North West Provincial Government under the leadership of Premier Supra Mahumapelo to continue with the women empowernment programme and its strategies which she said are faster and smart. She further said that for women to prosper and grow the economy, they need to be inspired, dedicated and committed in their business and allow them to grow from micro to macro state. Dlamini Zuma’s sentiments were also echoed by Premier Supra Mahumapelo. Mahumapelo said that the five concretes
which his administration uses to implement the National Development Plan are also geared
towards empowering women through various government programmes. He said that his ten
member Executive Council is constituted by six women and they have proved to be more than
capable in delivering on their mandates. One of the beneficiaries of government programmes on women empowerment Rose Rakgoale (53) who is the owner of Selame poultry farm in Hartebeesfontain near Klerksdorp said that, through government assistance her business is flourishing and has managed to employ seventeen people. The mother of three who is also a retired teacher said that she had to leave her 18 years teaching career to start farming. Rakgoale was recently awarded the overall provincial female farmer of the year and other several awards for the efforts and success recorded in her business. “My passion for farming comes a long way. I am currently producing more than 240 000 chickens every month. Government contribution to my career in farming is huge and I have invested all my life in farming now. In the five years in Poultry i now want to make sure that I grow this business to greater heights and ensure that I feed the people of this province and the country. I am more than grateful for the contribution by government and would like to encourage other women to
take advantage of the women empowerment programmes in government,” said the elated
Rakgoale. Delegates at the Summit were informed about programmes available in government more especially those that are directly intended for women empowerment. MEC’s of different
department continued to encourage women to take advantage of the resources available
in government and use them to empower themselves. MEC’s Wendy Nelson, Manketse
Tlhape, and Ontlametse Motshoari and other senior government officials attended the
summit.