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Bold Women, Courages Women, Brave Women is what makes Women's day in South Africa so uplifting.

Posted by Margi Butler on Aug 5, 2016 5:15:13 PM

Every year on 9 August we celebrate Women’s Day in South Africa, a public holiday that pays homage to the women of our nation; - the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government. 

Inaugurated in 1994, along with a free, democratic South Africa, the public holiday commemorates a 1956 protest lead by Lilian Ngoyi, Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn. To rise up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the "pass" (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era), approximately 20 000 women from all over the country took to the streets of Pretoria – many carrying the children of their white bosses on their backs – to stage a peaceful march to the Union Buildings.

After dropping off bundles of petitions containing more than 100 000 signatures at Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s offices, they stood in silence for thirty minutes. A song was composed in honour of this momentous occasion, “Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo!” (Now you have touched the women, you have struck a rock).

An inspiring display of political strength, female solidarity and inner fortitude, the march on August 9 1956 is both a reminder of the great women who helped mould South Africa and the trailblazing women who continue to lead the country forward.

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South African has been on the forefront of womens' rights and women have achieved on the national and International stage from sport women, those that made differences in other peoples lives, politicians, academia and areas of business. Read more abou tsome of these amazing women -you too will be amazed how rich we are in women with loads of the X-Factor.


Tags: Education

Education is suffering in rural Mpumalanga schools

Posted by Margi Butler on Feb 1, 2011 7:58:00 PM

Coromandel Farm School in the Lydenburg District of Mpumalanga is one of many rural schools that is battling to survive.

Coromandel School, Lydenburg

Coromandel is a rural community situated near Stonecutters Lodge and from which most of the lodge staff is drawn. The lodge has been involved with the village and the Coromandel Farm School for the past 15 years.

The once proud school has for years been neglected through the lack of budget and has functioned with little maintenance of buildings or grounds. There are currently around 300 pupils from grade 1 to grade 7. There are 9 teachers (plus the principal) who are paid by the government. There is no vehicle to ferry children to sports and cultural events as the school struggles to maintain a tenuous foothold in local school activities. The teachers have very little in the way of teaching aids. Where pictures are not available they draw their own: there are few charts on the walls and books, paper and writing materials are in scant supply.

Coromandel is an isolated community. They have no contacts in the commercial environment and no idea of how to raise funds for the school. They need money to pay for electricity, additional school rooms and building maintenance. They need teaching aids, schoolbooks and stationary and of course sport’s equipment.

Stonecutters Lodge has assisted the school in various ways over the years: Massmart very kindly donated school packs one year and CNA and Game Stores have assisted with discounts when Stonecutters have shopped annually for prizes for the school’s annual prize-giving, but our contributions are just a drop in the ocean. Rural school Mpumalanga

The plight of rural schools in South Africa is alarming. Government is well aware of the importance of early education and aims to improve the quality of education at primary school level, but the private sector and the public can also be of enormous assistance. A good grounding at primary school level is the foundation for a successful high school career and is the cornerstone of education at any level, be it tertiary education, entrepreneurial endeavour or trade skills.  

Anyone who would like to assist is asked to call the principal

Mr Richard Raphahlelo on 082 670 6693

Or call Lesley from Stonecutters Lodge  on 083 375 0132.

Tags: Lydenburg, Stonecutters Lodge, Education, South Africa, Rural Schools Mpumalanga, Funds for rural schools