LADIES-YOUR TIME TO SHINE!
By: Litsa Masuku
A wise proverb says: Eagles will always know what happened but chickens will always wonder what happened because they waste too much time facing down, whilst eagles always keep their heads held high with only one truth in mind-only the sky is the limit.
According to the bible, the Most High creator of heaven and earth granted you the wisdom as a woman to make prudent choices in life because nothing can stand on your way. He chose the womb of a woman to treasure provisions for the sake of the world, because the womb can incubate a seed of life. The power is in your hands to give birth to a book were you will write your statement for the whole world to read and be inspired.
Qhakaza Ladies Network is here to help you make the best out of the pages of your life, by giving you the platform to shine in your own space. The network is here to stimulate growth and leadership skills amongst DUT ladies so that they not only walk away with a qualification after they have graduated, but with well-groomed skills and nourishment that will come in handy once they are out there in the world of work.
Simlindele Shabane is the brains behind the Qhakaza initiative and she is the 2013 house committee Chairlady at Walsingham, one of DUT residences. The 23 year old says through Qhakaza she aspires to enhance the womanhood amid the ladies in DUT and furthermore help them realise their full potential in life.
“Being a successful woman is not determined by being validated, it is about having the ability and the power to develop natural ideas to bring about change”. Modern societies have robbed women of this realisation,” she said.
The young ‘lioness’ says she has learnt a lot from other women in all the places that she has gone to, such as the USA. Hence she aspired to come back home and share a seed with other women that will produce a brighter future.
“My ultimate goal is to bring the other bright side of life in varsity, apart from attending lectures and receiving good marks. Qhakaza seeks to attract big co-operative sponsorship for women with an ambition to utilize their skills to get kick started with their career adventures,” she said.
The network has designated an Operations Office, which will comprise of the following structure: Academia officer, Arts and Culture Officer, Health and Lifestyle Officer, Leadership Officer and Skills development Officer. The aim is to have all these office portfolios occupied by women for women in DUT.
The office team of Qhakaza shall be dedicated in nourishing women with knowledge, advice, guidance as well as motivation through their networking and research endeavours with relevant stakeholders.
According to Simlindele, Qhakaza is not a feminine mechanism but it is an initiative that has observed and has identified the challenges faced by young women at tertiary levels, DUT in particular. She says modern work industries have mutated into competition grounds that compels an individual to possess extensive skills, hence the goal of Qhakaza is to help women come into terms with that realisation and be more pro-active from 2014 and forth.