THE SUCCESS OF A SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN
By: Nomcebo Ndimande
South African women have told remarkable stories through living lives of hope and courage. They have triumphed over marginalization and changed their misery into lives of happiness and success.
Having shaken off the shackles of the past with their determined struggle against oppressive authority, women have earned their place in the new South Africa. It’s only over the past 30 years that the role of women in our country has been given recognition and seen as a resource to society.
Sbongile Dlamini, is one of the many South African women who lived through that time. Over the years she conquered a lot and has claimed back a lot of opportunities that were taken away from her.
“I now own an old age home that helps and develops the lives of the previously disadvantaged women who are now senior citizens of this country,” said Dlamini.
The past laws of oppression made women feel invisible in their own country. The reason for this invisibility was never explained to full satisfaction but it proved to be quite a grooming curve for them. Some women still question the way they were treated. If we listen closely we are most likely to hear questions like “why did men have more authority than women? Why were women inferior and never superior in any situation back then?
Such questions still resonate within some women who had first-hand experiences of oppression and were left to figure out themselves how to live with that.
When conversing with a black female victim of oppression Jabulisile Mbhele, she spoke of a time when the only fitting occupation for a woman was domestic work.
“I have been a domestic worker for more than 20 years, which I only started at the tender age of 18. Being a domestic worker, especially a black women, was as far as you could go,” said Mbhele.
Mbhele said that really made her lose interest and passion for what she wanted to achieve. She added that she later realised that she does not envy her job description since she was able to put food on the table, and send her children to school, and they all became better successful women.
Nowadays things have changed. South African women have transformed from weakness to greatness. Women of all races, and cultures have become more demanding, passionate, independent, assertive and playing a huge role in the development of our country.
The growth of South African women has tremendously been seen to inspire and keep young women on their feet to become better people. Women today live up to their biblical description of being the ‘can’t do without’ backboned nurturers. Women have a natural skill of multi-tasking. Motherhood is still a central common denominator for most women but with that they juggle their ways around the corporate world, the military and other male dominated industries.
The success of a South African woman has made it very clear that women do have a purpose in life. Leaving aside race, culture, religion or beliefs, women of today are a reliable source to society, and have made a difference in our country. They just need to excel in self-empowerment. It all begins with one woman inspiring the young girl next to her then the country will be filled with beautiful successful women. Let the chain of success, begin.