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Courageous women overcome obstacles: Madonsela

By Sapa | Aug 27, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

Women have the ability to lead in any circumstances, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Tuesday.

"Courageous women have broken boundaries," she said at the 35th anniversary of the Businesswomen's Association of SA in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Women such as Charlotte Maxeke had overcome obstacles. "Courage and leadership motivated them."

"She wrote to the president seeking a meeting with him in a bid to ask him not to extend the pass laws to women. When that failed she led the iconic 1956 march," Madonsela said.

Educated mothers raised educated children.

"If you educate a woman, you educate the community. If you invest in a woman, you invest in the community," Madonsela said.

She said the idea that women could not work together and pulled each other down was false.

"Without cellphones, social media, let alone a fax, women in 1956 worked together to organise the march."

She said women were good at lifting up people and should use the same spirit to nurture themselves spiritually, emotional and professionally.

"I once dropped out of university and it took my mother to persuade me to go back."

She commended the president of Businesswomen's Association of SA, Lebogang Pheko, for bringing women of different races together.

According to its website, the association was formed in 2000 after a merger of three women's organisations -- Executive Women's Club, the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Professional Women's Leadership Development Organisation.

The association aims to be a united, non-racial business organisation that helps businesswomen to create connections on multiple dimensions -personal, professional and business - throughout their career.

It also creates opportunities for women business owners to grow their businesses.

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2014clipto

Thuli Mandonsela constituted decisions to appease Dom Alliance trampling on the Peoples Party, the same party that put raised her to that level. Time with come to make damning decisions against DA and lets hope the same ANC will be there to catch you, in the meantime enjoy!

Aug 27, 2014 10:13 | 1 replies

MommaC

Gwede? Is that you?

Aug 27, 2014 10:35 | 0 replies

2014clipto

Thuli Mandonsela made decisions to appease Dom Alliance trampling on the Peoples Party, the same party that raised her to this high level she enjoys now. Time with come to make damning decisions against DA and lets hope the same ANC will be there to catch you, in the meantime enjoy

Aug 27, 2014 10:16 | 0 replies

MommaC

Thank you, Thuli. We need to rekindle the Sisterhood revolution. Sisters need to inspire, encourage and uplift eachother.

Aug 27, 2014 10:36 | 1 replies

Ratadilo

That is so true

Aug 27, 2014 11:56 | 0 replies

Ratadilo

Well said Thuli I couldn't think of any more words. Thank you, you make some of us proud keep up the good work.

Aug 27, 2014 11:57 | 0 replies

kakadenamanje

And, who is your beautician? Please fire that sister she is pulling you down big time.

Aug 27, 2014 12:40 | 3 replies

eisenherz

what does her beauty got to do with anything?

Aug 27, 2014 1:10 | 0 replies

Llihle1

bE ASHAMED of yourself

Aug 27, 2014 1:24 | 0 replies

MommaC

Not everyone is Nomvula or Sisulu. Most women spend more time working than behaving like pampered poodles at a dog parlor!

Aug 27, 2014 2:20 | 0 replies

mpundulwana

@kakadenamanje...Thuli does not have time for makeup not when the money is taken by rats from KZN. Thuli is no stranger to CIVILZATION, she will attend to makeup and all after a South African woman and child are free and enjoying the true democracy.

Aug 27, 2014 1:19 | 0 replies

Llihle1

Big up to all WOMEN in SA! THANK YOU

Aug 27, 2014 1:23 | 0 replies

Hutton

this statement is sexist

Aug 27, 2014 1:30 | 0 replies