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Seminar brings young women together

Prof Makhubela speaks on the laws of the universe during the Ntombazana Young Women’s Conference

Prof Makhubela speaks on the laws of the universe during the Ntombazana Young Women’s Conference

 

To this day, August 1956 marks an era where women finally made their voices heard. Five decades later, the legacy left by the likes of Lillian Ngoyi remains evident in today’s society. The 10th anniversary of Ntombazana Young Women’s Conference held on 30 August saw hundreds of young women flock to Soshanguve Campus for a day of empowerment.

Hosted by Student Affairs and Extracurricular Development (SAED), the event had prominent women from different walks of life address the students. Amongst the guest speakers were Prof Lulama Makhubela, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Nambitha Mpumlwana, an actress and Thami Ngubeni, an award-winning TV presenter and radio personality. Serenading the audience was Musa Sukwene, Idols SA Season 9 winner.

Nambitha Mpumlwana addressing students during the gala dinner.

Nambitha Mpumlwana addressing students during the gala dinner.

According to Buti Mnyakeni, the coordinator of the event, Ntombazana is aimed at developing young women. “When the students come here, they’ll be exposed to women who are like them, share their stories from where they come from and who have made it against all odds. All these women testify to one thing, that a determined mind can achieve anything,” he said.

With mentor sessions throughout the day, followed by a gala dinner in the evening, students received words of encouragement from the guest speakers. Evident in the question and answer sessions were the fears most students have following graduation.

Cheryl Jacob Singh, a co-author and business woman, advised the ladies to befriend people who’ll add value to their lives. “Look for mentors and be confident enough to put plans in place to get closer to your goals,” she added.

By Mokete Radebe