The Department of Social Development and its agency, SASSA, joined the nation in celebrating women in Balfour

As part of the commemoration of Women’s Day, the Ministry of Social Development and its agency SASSA celebrated at Dipaleseng Thusong Center, Dipaleseng Local Municipality on Tuesday, August 9.

The event was addressed by the Prime Minister of Mpumalanga, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, and she placed great emphasis on gender-based violence (GBV) in the province.

“Also allow me to add my voice on gender-based violence and femicide. This phenomenon has reached pandemic levels and is a thorn in the flesh, not only of Mpumalanga but of the country as a whole.

“In the coming weeks, I will be holding dialogues with women in the three districts to better understand where we are falling short in our efforts to effectively help survivors of gender-based violence. We want a society where the victims are not influenced to sweep this scourge under the proverbial rug. From these dialogues, we will develop a holistic approach to ending the pandemic through a strategic plan,” she said.

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This year’s Women’s Day was celebrated under the theme “Women’s Socio-Economic Rights and Empowerment: Building Back Better for Women’s Resilience”.

The MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs, Busi Sheba, spoke on the sidelines of the celebration of the Provincial Women’s Day and visited the exhibition stand of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Lands and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA) to encourage people to the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables and also of making vegetable gardens.

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“I call on every household to set up vegetable gardens and grow their own vegetables instead of buying from shops, and that those who cannot do so should support vendors who depend on the sale of fresh vegetables for their livelihood. “, she said.

Joel C. Hicks