Women’s Dialogue motivates women in Namaqua
“During 2019/2020, the Department spent 86.06% of the total four hundred and sixty-one million nine hundred and twenty-two thousand three hundred and ninety eight rand (R461 922 398) on Black Owned Companies. 32.16% totaling to one hundred and seventy-two million five hundred and ninety-four thousand seven hundred and eighty-three rand (R172 594 783) was invested in Black Women Owned Companies.”
These were the words of MEC Fufu Makatong during a dialogue targeting women in business on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 in Okiep. This dialogue was a targeted approach to give effect and real meaning to our pronouncements as we are commemorating the immeasurable historical contribution of women. The watershed National March undertaken by over twenty thousand (20 000) women of different races in 1956 against pass laws gave women voice in society.
She stated that it is a known fact that poverty and the lack of opportunity breed inequality. Furthermore, she highlighted that the department continues to make great strides in capacitating women. One such way is through the implementation of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) which continues to provide hope and a financial income to struggling households as part of our endeavours to fight poverty and the high unemployment rate in the province. The overall provincial performance during the last financial year recorded 17 783 of the targeted 19 560 work opportunities created, meaning 91% of the target was achieved, with 80% women empowered as per the target.
Other training initiatives under the auspices of the National Youth Services (NYS) provides opportunities for women development. I am proud to announce that though the Phakamile Mabija Artisanship Programme, the Department is currently training 24 women to become professional artisans in the field of Electrician, Millwright, Boilermaking, and Diesel Mechanics. She concluded that the department remains committed to empower women.