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WOMEN’S DAY: CELEBRATING MORE THAN JUST BEAUTY

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Wendy Adams (Vice Principal: Innovation and Development), Corrie Myburgh (Principal), Jandre Bakker (Manager: Marketing and Corporate Communication – Initiator, Programme Director and Host of the event), Zelda la Grange (Speaker and Author), Ency Litsoane (Speaker and Western Cape Chairperson of SAWEN), Sindi Lingela (Vice Chairperson, Boland College Council).

August is the month when all the phenomenal women in our country are celebrated. We must give thanks to 20 000 women who walked the walk of freedom in 1956 for the liberation of women today. To celebrate all women that went before us and appreciate the ones still with us, Boland College recently hosted a prestigious event at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advances Studies (STIAS), honouring their internal and external leaders and partners, not only as women, but as leaders in our society. This initiative followed an idea by the Western Cape Public TVET College Communication and Advocacy Forum in which they wanted to acknowledge those stakeholders often behind the scenes. The principal, Ms Corrie Myburgh, agreed that it had become time to not only celebrate the institution and sector’s achievements, but to start drilling down into those achievements and acknowledging those people at the heart of said successes.

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The morning was filled with a room of dazzling ladies and two phenomenal speakers that warmed the hearts of the women. Ency Litsoane, the Western Cape Chairperson of the South African Women Entrepreneurs’ Network (SAWEN) spoke on women in leadership and her light-hearted approach spoke to the core of women who often have to balance the responsibilities of the traditional family role and the new role of career women. “A woman should first be the leader in her own home, before she can lead in the workplace”, said Litsoane and proved that being a mother is not a swear word when used in conjunction with the term, career.

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The key note address was delivered by best-selling author of the renowned book “Good Morning Mr Mandela”, Zelda la Grange. She is known as the private secretary of late President Nelson Mandela and who alongside Professor Jakes Gerwel, started the office of what is today, the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She shared her experience of growth from typist to being the personal assistant to our country’s great leader and shared her story that moved everyone in the room. A quote by Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu where he mentioned that her close relationship with the former president personified Madiba’s commitment to reconciliation and her response of loyalty and integrity earned her the respect of many, was felt by all in attendance.

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“We will aim to make this an annual event, but expanding the format to include more of our formidable ladies,” said Ms Wendy Adams (Vice Principal: Innovation and Development). She continued to state her sub-directorate, Marketing and Corporate Communication ideal, to have awards linked to this special occasion to further acknowledge excellence by women in education.

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