Plan to build R108m women's monument
TSHWANE and Gauteng are to spend R108-million to build a women's monument on Lillian Ngoyi Square in Pretoria.
Tshwane mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa and premier Nomvula Mokonyane announced the plans yesterday at a sod-turning ceremony in the city centre.
The Gauteng government would contribute the bulk of the money - R100-million - to build the monument, while the City of Tshwane would contribute R8-million.
The sod-turning ceremony was attended by Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile as well as hundreds of ANC Women's League members, and its president Angie Motshekga.
Pretoria was the venue of the women's march against the pass laws in 1956.
About 20000 women marched to the Union Buildings on the day.
Yesterday at least 100 women recreated the 1956 march, walking from Lillian Ngoyi Square to the Union Buildings.
They were led by first lady Nompumelelo Ntuli and provincial community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko.
Yesterday's main event, at the Union Buildings, was addressed by President Jacob Zuma, who gave a contrasting picture of the progress made by women since 1956.
While Zuma lauded the increase of women cabinet ministers and deputy ministers serving in his administration, he also criticised some companies for their "zero percentage" of female executives.
"In the national executive, we have 14 cabinet ministers and 15 deputy ministers. In addition, five out of nine premiers are women, which means the majority of provinces are run by women." he said.