“Gender equality is key to Musina Municipality and we want to fast-track and create more meaningful experiences for girl learners. We want to help prepare and empower the next generation of women leaders who will help propel the country forward in the digital economy.” These are the words of Cllr Rabelani Gadabeni who was addressing girl learners during the Take a Girl Child to Work campaign at Musina showground. The girls from Musina and Renaissance high schools, were also addressed by various professionals before they were dispersed to gain practical work experience in various units of Musina Municipality. The event was organized by the Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (Coghsta) in partnership with Musina Municipality.
Gadabeni, who is responsible for special programmes at Musina Municipality, said he was happy that the people of Musina were also making contributions to the initiative because the Take a Girl Child to Work initiative is regarded as one of South Africa’s largest collaborative acts that has helped more than a million girls. “What is more interesting on this event is that male children are not ignored. I’m very glad to see that the male children are part this event because by being with us here today, they will be able to reflect on their relationship with women, and be informed about what behaviours are not acceptable. My deepest heartfelt gratitude to organizers for including the male children.”
He reminded the young learners that they have a very big role to play as Musina is currently preparing to become a city in the near future. “The Special Economic Zone project, which will create more than 20 000 jobs, is already in the early implementation stage. We want you to take over and run this project when you grow up. But you can only be able to do it if you concentrate in your studies and build your own bright future. To my girl children, I have no doubt that today’s event will help you to deepen your thinking with regard to your positive roles in society. We are here to enhance your self-esteem, to inspire and motivate you to reach your full potential through exposure to diverse careers and positive role models so that you can be prepared for your adult work life.”
He warned the learners to stay away from drugs and alcohol. “Although, we as government, parents, community stakeholders and the police are doing their best to curb this behavior, it is you, who should say no to drugs and alcohol. Yours is to concentrate on your education because alcohol and drugs will take you nowhere. They will only destroy your future.”
Rendani Mabogo is one of the girls who formed part of the campaign. She said: “This is a very good initiative which teaches us about the realities of life. I thank Musina Municipality and all the organizers for coming up with this initiative aimed at empowering us as girl children.”