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The Gauteng department of local government recently honoured women officials and councillors who go the extra mile to improve service delivery in their communities.
Of the 392 women councillors from all 14 municipalities in Gauteng, nine were nominated in the three categories.
l The award for the most outstanding woman councillor went to Ntombi Mekgwe.
Mekgwe has initiated a number of projects that include a community outreach programme aimed at informing and educating communities about government services.
She also helped start a food gardening project in Duduza, which has created permanent jobs for seven locals.
l The award for the most outstanding community development worker went to Grace Malopa.
Malopa has initiated the development of two creches, development centres, a mini market and food garden projects in her area. The projects have created employment for 15 people.
l The award for the most outstanding woman official was given to Dudu Maseko, whose project has introduced more women to engineering.
The project provides training to mainly women in the operational functions of the Joburg Roads Agency with the aim of employing them within the organisation. Of the 253 students trained in the past three years, 113 of them are women.