President Cyril Ramaphosa chose Paarl as the host city for his 2018 women’s day celebrations on 9 August.
With more than 5000 citizens in attendance, the gates eventually had to be closed as the venue reached its capacity. Western Cape Government departments were invited to exhibit and promote its services to citizens in the run-up to the president’s address.
Provincial Treasury promoted its youth development projects – bursaries, essay writing competition as well as its Chartered Accountants Academy. These projects aim to create opportunities for the youth living in the Province. PT identified skills shortage in the fields of Economics, Accounting, Finance and Auditing and therefore offer bursaries to students wishing to further their studies in these fields and ensure that these skills are nurtured within the Province.
- This year PT will spend R3.1 million on bursaries and R15.5 million on internships. Through bursaries and internships, the Provincial Treasury aims to create a talent pool of young people to fill positions where these scarce skills are needed.
- The Provincial Treasury is also a SAICA registered training office for prospective chartered accountants. The Chartered Accountant Academy (CAA) was created to attract and retain the best finance and accounting professionals within the Western Cape Government.
President Ramaphosa called for a moment’s silence to remember women who have been brutalised by violence and exploitation.
“As men, we hang our head in shame,” Ramaphosa told the thousands of people attending the national Women’s Day event in Mbekweni, Paarl.
He said that South Africa should build a society where the “daughters of our nation” will be able live in peace, dignity and security and said the scourge of violence against women, and their exploitation, should end. He said women should feel protected whether they are in the streets, on village pathways, at university, at work, or just going about their daily lives.
“I ask that we honour those women who have been brutally killed; those women who have also been raped; those women who have been brutally violated through violence – young and old. But particularly those women who have died recently, either through deep depression or who have been killed,” he said.
“Let the sadness that is felt by the women of this country seep into our consciousness, seep into our hearts.”
A special thank you to Tyrone Robertson, Kabelo Mafiri and Madeniyah Dixon who sacrificed their public holiday to engage with citizens.