25 AUGUST 2016

The month of August in South Africa pays homage to the great phenomenon that is women. South Africans not only commemorate the robust women of 1956 who fought for women’s liberation, but also honour the present day heroines who positively impact on the governance of the land.
According to Stats SA in corporate governance women constitute a mere 3.6 % of CEO positions and foot print of 5.0 % of large industries globally. Recognising that great strides have indeed been implemented to improve the status of gender inequalities in South Africa, RBIDZ felt that there is plenty of room for improvement. Hence, this women’s month the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) embarked on a female empowerment campaign.

On the 25th of August 2016, female employees of the RBIDZ hosted an empowering women’s day celebrating at Lizwi High School in Mandlazini with over a hundred and twenty (120) grade 11 female learners. The aim was to encourage young women who still have a year (2017) in school to take charge of their own futures. This included amongst other things career guidance, advising the scholars on enrolling early at tertiary institutions as well as encouraging them to seek financial aid timeously.

Esteemed business coaching and motivational speaker Mrs Simphiwe Mbonambi, who is the newly appointed Executive Manager for the Corporate Services Unit at the RBIDZ gave an empowering talk to the learners. Her session focused mainly on study options for different fields, time management as well as the importance to avoid peer pressure ensuring it does not steer them off a promising course. Executive Manager in the Office of the CEO, Mrs Gugu Zwane, also gave profound guidance to the girls, focusing on some of the challenges that face females, which hinder them to succeed. Sharing her own life and career path she emphasised that your beginnings or financial standing does not determine your end goal. She further highlighted that learners need to start utilizing available platforms such as technology to research their desired fields and make a positive impact which will also filter down to their respective communities.

The girls were then divided into smaller teams, led by the respective heads in the following sectors:  
-    Human Resource Management
-    Information Communication Technology
-    Marketing and Communications studies
-    Physical & Environmental Sciences
-    Economics and
-    Supply Chain Management

The girls were then also given personal care hampers including, sanitary towels, face cloths, deodorants as well as sweets to make them feel special for the day.