Polokwane Executive Mayor Nkadimeng to Lead Dialogue on Women Economic Empowerment

Members of the media are invited to cover and participate in the Women Economic Empowerment Roundtable that will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with Radio Turf. The Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Councillor Thembi Nkadimeng, will be one of the panellists who will be expressing their views on the topic: Women Economic Empowerment: Is the South African Media Playing its Part?

DATE: Tuesday, 15 August 2017

TIME: 15:30

VENUE: University of Limpopo, Mankweng Campus

Councillor Nkadimeng will be joined on the panel by the Deputy Director-General of Incentives at the dti, Mr Malebo Mabitje-Thompson, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the University of Limpopo (UL) and University of South Africa (Unisa). Professor Carol Lesame, prominent Limpopo businesswoman and media publisher, Ms Mongi Mahlaole, Deputy Provincial Manager of Government Communications and Information System, Ms Mmaphuthi Mathatu, and Radio Turf’s journalist and training officer, Ms Shibu Raseala. Working journalists and journalism and media studies students from the University of Limpopo will also be part of the dialogue.

According to the Spokesperson of the dti, Mr Sidwell Medupe, the roundtable will afford various stakeholders an opportunity to have an honest and open discussion about the critical issue of women’s economic empowerment, and whether the country’s media is playing its part in efforts to ensure that women are fully empowered to participate in the mainstream economy.

The Deputy Station Manager of Radio Turf, Mr Makwena Mamadi says the discussion will enable the radio station to make an assessment of its own contribution in the national dialogue about the economic empowerment of women.

August is celebrated as a Women’s Month as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of pass laws to women. The South African government declared August Women’s Month and 9 August is celebrated annually as the National Women’s Day.

RSVPs should be directed to Tshilidzi Madinani via telephone: (012) 394 1399 /063 580 3992 or e-mail: TMadinani@thedti.gov.za.

Source: The Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa.