Women grab hold of future

Elana Greyling
LEPHALALE — The Matjoba group for young women was recently established in Lephalale.
Members of the group are from Marapong, Steenbokpan, Seleka and Shongoane. They are motivated to make a difference in their own lives and that of their communities.
A strong feeling for environmental justice brought them together. Important issues were discussed such as the Groothoek mine project which threatens to start a coal mine in the Onverwacht town.
A new project, Lephalale coal and power is also planned for the Beska-area. Both these projects threaten the health and safety of their communities.
A very influential mentor, Tharina Rossel, visited the group and discussed self-image with the group. “We all feel down sometimes, or bad about ourselves. It can be people around us like friends, family or the boss that puts you down,” she warns. “We must find our good points, our talents, and build on that.” Tharina is president of the South African Women’s Agricultural Union and the group had lots of questions for her.
Chairperson, Tebogo Mocheko, secretary, Francina Makgae, and treasurer, Rejoy Montshiwa, were selected. The tasks and responsibilities of these positions were discussed as well as the etiquette of a meeting.

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