National Women’s Day Celebrations in the North West:
Friday 8th August: Activities at Mmabatho Civic Centre hosted by government.
- Registration and accreditation
- Opening and Welcome (plenary)
- Roundtable discussions (topics and facilitators to be advised)
- Report back (plenary)
- Mini Film Festival (screening 4 films by women about women)
- Dialogue/Panel discussion (panel to include writer, director and/or producer of film)
- Art exhibitions
- Information stalls
- On-site government services
- Food stalls
- Book sale
- Craft market, etc.
- Cultural performance and busking
- Address by Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka
- Honouring Women Achieves (individuals and groups)
- Showcasing projects supported by the various government programmes
- Cultural performances
History Matters has spoken to the government’s communication and information services and has received confirmation that if you wish to attend these events you may contact Bongani Mlangeni on 073 525 3107 for accreditation. This event is open to the public.
Saturday 9th August:
President Mbeki will deliver the keynote address at the National Women’s day celebrations held at Ga-Motlatla Sport field.
President Thabo Mbeki will address the 2008 National Women’s day celebrations being held in the North West. The President will be accompanied by the Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, North West Premier Edna Molewa and Cabinet Ministers. This year’s celebrations will be held under the theme Business Unusual: All Power to Women! and will highlight progress made in the emancipation and empowerment of women in South Africa.The event will start at 10am at the Ga-Motlatla Sports field, Motlatla village, near Lichtenburg (North West).
National Women’s Day Celebrations in Johannesburg:
Cultural fest in Newton: Live music, dance, theatre, film, photography, street performance, storytelling, poetry, workshops, crafts, family activities and late-night parties galore – all with a feminine flavour.
Johannesburg’s Newton Cultural Precinct is celebrating Women’s Day with a five day festival that started on Wednesday this week and runs until Sunday 10th August. Some of the highlights are performances by Lira, Zonke and Loyiso Bala, while a dance highlight will undoubtedly be seeing Standard Bank Young Artist winner Dada Masilo in action with Lulu Mlangeni in PJ Sabbagha’s Back, at the Dance Factory. Women of the Sun will be hosting a free film festival at Museum Africa showcasing movies and documentaries by female directors hailing from South Africa and other African countries and promises to be essential viewing. Although most of the events during the festival are free, some activities require tickets.
For the full programme of events click here.
WITS University is hosting the Soiree de Francophony – an exploration of French composers and Francophone music. This is a celebration of female success within the realm of orchestral conducting and symphonic composition and will showcase rising and celebrated artiste, Rexleigh Bunyard, who will be conducting the orchestra. The concert is a Rand Symphony Orchestra fundraiser. The orchestra is a not-for-profit amateur orchestra focused on developing classical music, youth development and classical music awareness. The Rand Symphony Orchestra will be playing the composition Requiem for the Living. A portion of the takings will go to the Siyakhana Food Garden, urban food gardens that create employment and develop skills. The event takes place on Sunday 10th August at the Wits Great Hall, on the University of the Witwatersrand’s east campus in Braamfontein at 4pm. Tickets are R100 available at Computicket.
National Women’s Day Celebrations in Cape Town:
The Celebrating Women art exhibition at the Iziko Slave Lodge includes Our Triumphs and Our Tears and Malibongwe: Let us praise the women. It is of particular relevance to Women’s Day as it highlights the role of women in the struggle against apartheid.
Cavendish Shopping Centre celebrates Women’s Day with Irit Noble, an inspirational speaker, and artists Verity Price and Coda at the Connect Centre Court from 12pm to 6pm.
The Artscape celebrates National Woman’s Day with a women’s festival is ‘honouring the spirit of women’.
The festival consists of four exciting events:
- Women’s Disability in Sensuality (Other Productions)
- Reclaiming the P…Word (Drama)
- BeautyFull (Dance)
- Vicky Sampson Live in Concert (Music)
There is a strong emphasis on disability (Dynamic Woman with Disabilities) and be sure not to miss the Remix Dance Company in BeautyFall and award-winning British comedienne and motivational speaker Francesca Martinez who has mild cerebral palsy. Click here for a full schedule of events at the festival.
National Women’s Day Celebrations in Durban:
The Catalina Theatre hosts a once-off show on Saturday 9th August. The line-up will include some of the theatre personalities and singers who have performed at the Catalina in the last while. The performance will start with a sombre, but celebratory note when paying tribute to the much loved actress/singer Cindy Ngidi, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this month. As Ngidi performed in Mowtown Magic earlier this year, the performance will have mowtown blues and a Southern feel to it. There are two shows on Saturday at 7pm and 11pm.
The Playhouse is holding The Battle of the Women DJs on Sunday 10th August from 5.30pm in the Grand Foyer. There is also a gala concert on Sunday at 3pm in the Opera theatre, featuring Letta Mbulu, Caiphus Semenya and Swazi Dlamini.
The 12th South African Women’s Arts Festival (SAWAF) runs at The Playhouse until Saturday 16th August. This is a showcase for the impact women make on the lives of South Africans and this year’s festival comprises cutting edge productions of poetry, music, comedy and drama, showcasing the talents of noted women in their fields of performance art.
Click here for the full programme.
The Northern Action Committe (NAC) will host a Women’s Day celebration that will be held at Umhlali Hall (North Coast, Durban) on Saturday 9 August at 10.30am and on Sunday 10 August at 1pm at Belvedere Community hall in Belvedere, Tongaat. The function will include dances, songs, sketches and talks by role players in the community.The event aims to generate motivation, confidence, hope and enthusiasm in women who are neglected and is also aimed at giving them recognition in their day-to-day role as mothers and sole supporters in their families. The NAC is a community based organisation that assists needy families living north of Durban. The organisation is involved in community work and fundraising events for the creation of hampers for needy and destitute families.
There are several women’s fun runs, walks as well as races talking place across the country on women’s day so click here if you are interested in participating.
National Women’s Day Celebrations taking place everywhere:
This is just a snapshot of what is happening this weekend in honour of the women who made their mark on history in Pretoria in 1956. Be on the look out for community events in your area or host your own event to commemorate the spirit of freedom and dignity of women throughout our history. Still not sure what this is all about? Check out SAHO’s feature on the Women’s Struggle in South Africa.