Strong Women of the South

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY: Sarah Wissler (Ward 23 DA councillor), Lt Col Mhlaba, Julie Maule (Comaro Chronicle News Editor), Pastor Phil Nawaya, Annelien Soares and Col JJ Bezuidenhoudt.

FORTY-SIX women were honoured by Mondeor Police Station on Friday, August 12, at a breakfast held for individuals who have made their mark as strong women of the South.

The breakfast was held at Casa Minah Restaurant, in Mulbarton. Lieut Col Mhlaba (Mondeor SAPS) welcomed all the women and guests and Pastor Phil Nawaya said the opening prayer.

Michelle Pelser (CPF chairman) explained what Strong Women of the South is all about. “Thank you all for coming here this morning and thank you for working together in this community to improve the lives of others.” She called on motivational speaker Sarah Wissler (Glenvista and New South Residents member and Ward 23 councillor) who spoke to the women about the background of Women’s Day and the challenges she personally faced in her younger life. “What I went through then, gave me the strength and courage to go forward in my life. Many of you who are here today may feel you aren’t worthy. Yes, you are. Individually we are strong women and together a force to be reckoned with.” She thanked Const Elizabeth Mnguni and Sgt Shirley Gqoba for working tirelessly within the community. Thanks was also extended to Letitia Visser for her kind donations of cupcakes and bath salts for all the women and Casa Minha for hosting the event.

Col JJ Bezuidenhoudt (Mondeor SAPS) said it was a privilege for him to be at this special morning. “Only emotionally strong women can drive other women and encourage future strong women. As a man I can’t imagine what women go through every day. Don’t be afraid to try something new and fail. Women are perfectionists, but go after things which will scare you. Be bold and fearless. Emotionally strong women can cope with criticism and will succeed. They shouldn’t be afraid to look to others for help and shouldn’t shy away from letting people know how valuable they are. Emotionally strong women don’t back down from a challenge and they don’t compare themselves with others but are their own inspiration. They don’t care about what other people think of them and they won’t get wrapped up in anger and resentment. They won’t lose their passion. Being emotionally strong doesn’t mean you can’t let your guard down. Be passionate about your goals. Don’t hold back, stand up and be heard. To you, the strong women of the South, go big and make a big difference.”

Certificates were handed out to all the women who had been nominated for the award. This was followed by a vote of thanks from Captain D Marcovich from Mondeor Police Station and then breakfast was enjoyed by the women and guests.

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Julie Maule
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