Young women urged to climb the corporate ladder

Saturday, August 23, 2014

By More Matshediso

Nelspruit – It is high time young women find their spot in leadership positions and climb the corporate ladder, says the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Mpumalanga, Nduduzi Khumalo.

“Gone are the days when women have to stay at home and be housewives and housekeepers,” said Khumalo, speaking at a Women’s Month dialogue led by Deputy Minister of Communications, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, at the university on Saturday.

The Deputy Minister’s visit to Mpumalanga University was part of a three-day Imbizo programme for Women’s Month.

Khumalo told SAnews that she and her fellow students had been inspired by having one of the youngest Deputy Minister’s visit their campus.

“The information she gave us today is crucial, and we are going to apply whatever she said effectively,” said Khumalo.

The 37-year-old Deputy Minister said female students should ask themselves what role they could play in carrying forward the legacy of the women of 1956 who marched to the Union Buildings to protest against apartheid pass laws.

She encouraged students to take part in decision-making processes and raise issues that affect them and suggest possible solutions.

“… you start by reading the budget vote speeches, the State of the Nation Address, the NDP and other important documents. Then decide how you will assist government achieve its goals,” said the Deputy Minister.

The Deputy Minister said students should be the authors of their own stories and never forget their history.

She pleaded with the youths to stop being ignorant and take part in developing their communities.

“There are your brothers and sisters out there who are hungry for the education that you are currently enjoying, they need your help, you should not be selfish, share information with them,” she said.

Deputy Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams said women today occupied many positions which were previously occupied by men.

She challenges the female students to be bold and work hard to fulfil their ambitions.