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Women who change their communities

With Women’s Day on Friday, the Hermanus Times talked to women that are making a change in their communities every day.

Victoria Kune, who is the kitchen manager at the Siyazama Service Centre, makes it her mission every single day to help others.

“I used to work as a social worker with elderly people. I really loved my job. I started to work at the service centre in Zwelihle with one goal and that is to make someone’s life better. Women can make a change in their communities and I am proud to be a woman,” says Kune.

Desiree Gelderblom, the manager at the Overstrand Association for People with Disabilities (OAPD), says that for her it is extremely important to empower women.

“Women have to work so much harder to achieve their goals. We have lots of challenges to overcome. We must not allow ourselves to be abused. Use every opportunity to make yourself a stronger and a better women. I make it my mission to ensure that every woman that I encounter at work has a equal chance to stand out in the workplace,” explains Gelderblom.

Kari Brice, Ward 3 councillor, believes that the role of an empowered woman is of extreme value and importance.

“Throughout history, the core role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and enduring development of nations. With a primeval inbred instinct to care, you will find that woman are likely to be the prime initiator in assisting with adjustment when there are significant concerns or changes in politics and the economical organisation of a community,” says Brice.

She adds that she was elected by the community into a position that she is passionate about. “By listening and keeping communication lines open and flowing I do my utmost to assist in creating and maintaining an environment that is caring and successful in keeping up with the challenges of change,” concludes Brice.

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