Ekurhuleni City Manager, Dr Imogen Mashazi, kicked off the city’s Women’s Month commemoration by joining EMPD women officers at a roadblock in Tembisa.
Dr Mashazi said the move demonstrates the City’s support for women officers and to also to get first hand experience of what it’s like serving on the ground.
Mashazi then called on the Siyaziqabisa Home of Hope in Tembisa where she donated mattresses and other essentials.
The founder of Siyaziqabisa Home of Hope, Gabisile Khoza, said her centre is humbled that the City of Ekurhuleni chose her organization to launch Women’s Month.
Later, at a gala award evening, Mashazi paid tribute to the work of women in uniform in the EMPD and Disaster Management Services.
“There is nothing more rewarding than being recognised by your employer for your hard work and dedication,” said Busisiwe Buthelezi.
Mashazi said while these awards celebrate the role of women in professions traditionally reserved for men, it also serves to breakdown the stereotypes that these roles are suited only to men.
#WomensMonth in South Africa pays tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched on to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 to protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women.