WOMEN CONTRIBUTING POSITIVE CHANGE IN SOCIETY
By: Mondli Ngubane
August is an annual recognised month that celebrates the contribution of women to events in history and modern society.
It was in 1956 when women of all races and culture-marched to Pretoria’s Union Building on the 9th of August to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women. This heroic and willpower of many brave women has inspired a lot of women who are now holding the bull by it horns.
Women are now holding higher positions, heading families and speaking in place that were predominantly dominated by men.
Nokwazi Ndlovu is one of many women in South Africa whom despite the challenges she encountered growing up, she has took the initiative to better herself and provide for her family by selling food on the street of Greyville and also helped other eight families to get an income.
“It wasn’t easy when I started, sometimes I would come with food and no one would buy it but I persisted,” said Ndlovu.
With the little income she makes from working tirelessly, she now manages to provide for her family, she puts food on the take, send her children to school giving them opportunities that she was deprived of when she was growing.
“I always put all my heart in everything I do, and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and I still want to achieve more, own a restaurant maybe,” said Ndlovu.
Ndlovu is one of the most inspiring women in the streets of Greyville, she has inspired other women to follow her footsteps.
“My goal is to inspire and show other women that we a greater influence in our world,” said Ndlovu.
Sbongiseni Khuzwayo is one of Ndlovu’s staff and he’s been working there for over two years and he said it a pleasure working for her.
“She’s a hardworker and she always encourages us to better ourselves and be independent,” said Khuzwayo.
She did not have the opportunity to get education but it didn’t stop her from using her talent and making a living out of it.