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Women’s Day celebrates women’s rights, but demands more!

Women’s Day has been celebrated in South Africa on 9 August since 1995, and is an official public holiday.

The day commemorates the 20000 women who marched on the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to protest the extension of Pass Laws to women, which controlled women even further and reduced them to passive beings, at the mercy of men.

This year the theme of Women’s Day is ‘Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future’. The day draws attention to the issues African women face, such as parenting, domestic violence, unequal pay, and schooling.

The celebration of women on one day only has grown to all of August being celebrated as Women’s Month.

As the rights of women have grown, many local women have climbed up corporate, political, academic, and Government ladders. These are some of them:

#. Helen Zille:  Former Mayor of Cape Town and Premier of the Western Cape.

#. Professor Thuli Madonsela: former Public Protector, and current Law Trust Chair for Social Justice Research at the University of Stellenbosch

#. Nicky Newton-King, the first woman to run the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

#. Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

#. Dr Elmi Muller, organ transplant pioneer

#.  Dr Mosadi Mahoko, award-winning plastic surgeon specialising in cleft lip and palate reconstruction surgery.

#  Dr Glenda Gray, CEO and President of the SA Medical Research Council.

#  Ministers Angela Thokozile Didiza, Maisie Angelina Motshekga, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Thandi Ruth Modise, Barbara Dallas Creecy, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Dr Naledi Pandor, Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane, Patricia de Lille, Lindiwe Sisulu, in the SA Government.

Women are still not receiving equal pay in many professions and jobs, and it is time that this gender discrimination be put an end to.  They also do not receive equal opportunities in employment, and career advancement.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whaletalesblog.com www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide, Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide



Sweet Service Award goes to City of Cape Town; Sour Service Award goes to WP Blood Service!


The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town and its Mayor Geordin Hill Lewis, for lighting up the Cape Town City Hall, as a symbol of our city’s solidarity with Ukraine on Wednesday. While the city’s residents would have liked to see the City Hall to be lit for longer than just one day, and ideally our city icon Table Mountain too, it was a symbolic gesture that has made Capetonians proud of its city leadership, given that our national government is supporting Russia, it would seem! Continue reading →

City of Cape Town hands over City Hall to Parliament for its State of the Nation Address!


Following a fire over two days early this month, the Parliament Buildings have become unusable for the presentation of the President’s State of the Nation Address on 10 February, and the debate which follows.

The ceremonial gilted key which was used for the inauguration of the City Hall 117 years ago was handed to the representative of Parliament,  its Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula today.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 49 of Level 1, 18 November 2021


Thursday 18 November 2021, Day 49 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a Thursday with a difference, my Thursday Status meetings moved to tomorrow, Utopia doing extremely well in being fully booked until the end of Monday; for Cape Town having a new Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, the youngest City Mayor ever at 34, and for all our Councillors being inaugurated today; for the weeds having been removed from ‘my’ stream at the Tidal Pool by the City Parks department, after my request to Nicola Jowell; for an uninterrupted day of client work, with no Ebbtide maintenance issues to attend to 🙏; for a walk to Bakoven and to the Tidal Pool; for a warm Continue reading →