Women’s Day 2013 was celebrated in pomp and ceremony at UNIZULU’s King Bhekuzulu Hall where more than 300 female staff were treated to a special luncheon and live music performances.
The event was a resounding success and focused on commemorating the 20 000 women who marched to the Union Building in Pretoria in protest of the apartheid Urban Areas Act on 9 August 1956. In addition it also paid tribute to the contribution made by women across various sectors that have improved society and increased economic development. In an effort to go green, the Communications and Marketing Division’s 2013 décor incorporated locally produced flowers, natural colours and was completed with a three course menu made from ingredients sourced from local meat, fish, fruit and vegetables suppliers. In addition, staff attending the luncheon received biodegradable corporate gifts made from bamboo powder resin.
Guest speaker, Dudu Mwelase, Nissan South Africa’s Corporate Communications General Manager, inspired women to up their game in the work place through strategic evaluation. She provided ways to improve efficiency and competitiveness and encouraged staff to focus their goals.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Fikile NM Mazibuko said: “As women in higher education, I urge you to join the struggle against violence against women, champion causes that advance the rights of women and children, in society and in the work place. Participate in academic discourse, debate, research, training and scholarships to further your growth and development. Today is our day, let us celebrate in memory of our fallen heroes, let us be mindful of the plight of others and let continue to champion causes that will benefit women and society.”