Happy Women’s Day Ndlambe!

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the thousands of women who marched to the Union Buildings on August 9 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.

This historic march was a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Since that eventful day, women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

The march was coordinated by the Federation of South African Women (Fedsaw) led by four women: Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophia Williams De Bruyn. These leaders delivered petitions to the then Prime Minister JG Strijdom’s office at the Union Buildings. Women throughout the country had put their names to these petitions, indicating their anger and frustration at having their freedom of movement restricted by the hated official passes.

The Government of South Africa declared August Women’s Month and August 9 is celebrated annually as Women’s Day.

Women’s Month is a tribute not only to the thousands of women who marched on that day in 1956, but also a tribute to the pioneers of the women’s movement in this country.

Talk of the Town will be honouring Ndlambe women for the month of August, running features throughout the month focusing on Women in Business.

We are approaching all women who play a vital role in their business/organisation. Each woman will have a profile focusing on her and her business with a photo.

Any interested women can take part in the features with available placements for August 17,24 and 31.

We would also like to showcase, and tell any phenomenal women in Ndlambe’s story. We are open and accepting nominations of the special women in your lives.

Please contact TotT on 046 624 4356 for more information or email Bryan Smith on smithb@tisoblackstar.co.za or Mitch Haupt on hauptm@tisoblackstar.co.za

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