DVC & Head of the College of Humanities, Professor Cheryl Potgieter

‘Women’s Day means a day for reflection and celebration.  Reflecting and remembering the march to the union buildings reminds one of the collective power of women.  For me it is a day where I always try to do something for or with women who are less privileged. I would like to say to women: never fear falling or failing. Those who never fall have never attempted the climb.’

Ms Mary Smith, Administrator

Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to reflect on what it is to be a woman at work, at home and also part of a diverse, colourful society. Women have to juggle the work-life balance by being productive members of their work team, but also loving wives and mothers and we have to acknowledge that it isn’t humanely possible to get the balance perfect all the time. We constantly suffer guilt regarding both motherhood and our careers, and often run ourselves ragged trying to keep everyone happy. As women are nurturers, they tend to constantly put others first: their bosses, colleagues, husbands and children. So my advice would be to remind them to stop and think about themselves on women’s day: what they may be missing, what their needs and desires may be. Not taking the time to identify or address your own needs can lead to depression, low self-esteem and regrets.  I urge you to stop, assess your situation and try to improve your circumstances. And above all, keep your girlfriends close as they are likely to be your biggest support group.’

Ms Gugu Mkhize, Zulu Languages Lecturer

‘Women’s day celebrates and recognises women from all walks of life. Women are nurturers and should be cherished as they take care of their families and they have that inner strength and intelligence. Society views women as emotional beings but that is not the truth, we instead are able to look at all avenues of a situation and then make wise informed decisions. As women, we have the drive and passion to achieve all our goals and women should forge forward and be the best that they can.’

Mrs Michelle Naicker, Finance Operations Office (Creditors)

‘Women's day is a pause in our busy lives to celebrate the victory of a democratic freedom that we take for granted. Let us never forget the "price of this freedom", put aside self-centred greed for power and wealth and reach out unconditionally to our dear sisters who may be "silent victims" of personal struggles. This is the greatest tribute we can play to those dear women who risked their lives for the successes we enjoy today.’

Dr Joyce Chitja, Lecturer in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences

I would like to share this from Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. As women we should embrace our unique design and nature. We must build people for a greater good, if we do the workplace would be a better place for all.’

Ms Adeshini McIntosh, HR Consultant in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

‘What I love most about being a woman is being called mummy. Mums are just so special.’

Ms Swastika Maney, Public Relations Officer, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

‘A mother, A sister, A friend…Here’s to all you awesome women, may we know them, may we be them, and most importantly, may we raise them…Always aim to be a once in a lifetime kinda woman!’ 

Ms Suna Kassier, Lecturer in the Discipline of Dietetics, College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

‘There is no elixir like hope and no tonic so strong as the promise of tomorrow.’ 

Ms Smangele Ninela, Academic Administration Officer

‘Women’s Day recognises women not only as wives and mothers but  highlights their substantial contributions as members of society.’

Ms Kiru Naidoo, Personal Assistant to the Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership
‘Women’s month is an inspirational month as it highlights all of the wonderful achievements accomplished by women from all walks of life.’
Ms Thulisile Ntuli, Personal Assistant to the DVC of the College of Law and Management

‘For me women’s month means aspiring and embracing all the possibilities out there to be women of positive influence and meaning in whatever we do.’

Ms Nandi Mhlongo, Administer for Primary Health Care in the School of Nursing and Public Health

‘I think South African women have come a long way and continue to make a significant contribution towards uplifting the nation. Women’s month recognises this.’

Mrs Fiona Walters, Senior Technician in the School of Nursing and Public Health

‘I really enjoy my job as a technician, even though it is a male-dominated field. Women can do well in any career if they put their minds to it.’

Ms Nivashnie Hamraj and Ms Merashni Jugroop, third-year Nursing students

‘Nursing needs a lot of compassion. It’s a calling, especially for women.’

Mrs Charlene Pillay, PA to the Director for College Professional Services (Health Sciences)

‘Women’s month is a time when women get together in the community to remember the struggles in the past and interests they have in common.’

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