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December 2007 DIKGANG TSA MOGALE COMMENT 5 WOMEN SCRIBES: Year may be ending, Pick up pens and make but our work goes on your mark! G reetings to all the people elderly involves the Office of the BY THABILE MANGE of Mogale City – the City Executive Mayor partnering of Human Origin. The with Bosasa Group of Companies Women journalists can no longer year is almost over. It has to organise a trip to Cape Town for claim that they are not given space to also been a very busy one for the a group of elderly residents. practice their trade. Doors are now municipality as we have been For four days, 24 elderly people open for female writers to express focusing on improving the quality from Kagiso 1, 2 and Ext 12 will their views. of life for the city’s people. enjoy the Cape Summer. But they are not writing, are they? Ours has been and will continue For the first time in their lives I am concerned that our popular to be a quest for true humanity . these senior citizens will know local newspaper, Dikgang tsa Mogale, For the past few weeks we have what it feels like to be on an has no female writers. The question been all over the city conducting the airplane, let alone know what it that deserves an answer is: Why? Intergrated Development Planning feels like to enjoy the ocean breeze Are there no female journalists in (IDP) roadshows. in some of the Cape’s most our beautiful city? IDP is really the core of what stunning beaches. Why am I concerned about the drives the municipality . The highlight of this trip for all lack of female journos in our These are very important senior citizens, according to them, newsroom? Here is why: Men and roadshows because it is where you, will be a long-awaited visit to . women see things differently As a , the community get a further Robben Island. result, males cannot write opportunity to guide us as the For years the island had been authoratively on women issues. politicians and the administration home to South Africa’s first There is also much talk about in terms of what you think the democratically elected president, gender equity in our country these priorities must be. Nelson Mandela and many other days. The concern is that there aren’t These will continue in February distinguished leaders and enough women writers in 2008 as we move closer to finalising architects of our democracy . newsrooms. . the IDP I call on you, once again, to This is expected to be formalised Also, the number of females make time for these sessions as an annual event so that more of serving at management level in because we value your our elderly are afforded the same mainstream media is very low. contribution. opportunity . Therefore, I think it is critically My office has also been So our elderly in rural areas, important for us to bring about particularly busy over the past in Krugersdorp North, gender equity in our newspaper. We weeks. I want to talk specifically Krugersdorp West and so on cannot afford to be seen as going about two initiatives that focused on will in the future get the benefit against the tide. two special groups in our society . of this. The main focus will be on We also cannot afford to be seen as The one focused on the youth and low-income communities. practicing gender inequality not, the other on the elderly . Our elderly depart from OR after 13 years of democracy . In recognition of the aspirations Tambo International on December I am not in anyway implying that of many young people in our city to 1 2007 and return on December 5 it is the policy of this newspaper to become big names in the music 2007. . employ males only Not at all. I am , industry we partnered with some Please join me in wishing them a not even blaming it for not having companies to assist. safe and enjoyable trip. women writers in its newsroom. I Together with EMI/ CCP SAB, , Let me take this opportunity am just raising a concern with the Bonfire Entertainment (owned by also to wish the entire city well hope that things will change. Ntando Bangani – a local musician during the 16 days of Activism on If I may ask, how many female who has made a big name in the No Violence Against Women and journalists from Mogale do you industry) and Amanzi-Amakhosi, Children. , know? Personally I only know one. we held a Young Artists Workshop Whereas this campaign That is a cause for concern. And we in Krugersdorp. takes place from November 25 cannot blame male writers for that. The 1 000-strong crowd of young people who attended were treated to While others are winding down Executive to December 10 with the nation uniting in condemnation of all It’s about time female journalists come out of their cocoon. Maybe we a detailed and insightful presentation on what the industry Mayor Calvin Koketso Seerane and his sorts of violence against women and children, we in Mogale City need to hold an indaba to discuss the issue of lack of women journos in is about and what they need to do to make it. team are burning the candle at both ends to kicked it off on November 23 with the launch of the campaign our newsroom. For the record, the editor of this Also in attendance were at Rant en Dal Community newspaper is a woman. Does that call Ntando and Tuks Senganga, who ensure service delivery and community Church. for celebration? were there to offer advice and We hosted a domestic violence But before we let emotions take counselling. issues don’t get relegated to the back burner workshop on November 27 at control of us, we should bear in mind This programme was wrapped Hekpoort Community Hall, and that Dikgang tsa Mogale’s editor up two days later with a music Baipatile from Kagiso and In for a ambassador, joining other will host another one on December 5 manages a “males only” news team. concert dubbed “Ntando and Mezz from Munsieville. distinguished persons on in Muldersdrift. May Mogale’s female writers stand Friends”. In recognition of the good the panel. A and a father and son march up and be counted! They were wowed by Ntando, work Ntando is going to put our We wish Ntando well and hope will be held on December 6. Editor’s note: Girl power is always Tuks, Brown Dash, Thebe, Pitch city on the map, as the executive he can inspire other locals to do the I call on all residents to . welcome at this paper Interested Black Afro, L’vovo, Mandoza as well , mayor of Mogale City I appointed same. participate in these programmes. writers can contact our chief as a number of local outfits like Ntando as an official Mogale City The initiative involving the Thank you and God bless. reporter Clifford Mogotsi on firstname.lastname@example.org Crime busting journos get our heartfelt thanks The big story in the Krugersdorp However, let me little population of situated in the heart of Mogale City. Mogale News of November 2, that flashed a bow my head to sex maniacs. In Recently the municipality bold and red headline reading intrepid fact, all these sick hosted a giant music festival EXPOSED, filled me with disgust. journalists Terry- people need to be where the Afro-pop star Ntando was As I went through the story , Ann Booyse and sent to the nearest presented with an ambassador musings anger swelled in my belly . Roelien Vorster. hell. certificate by mayor Koketso Calvin The story was about a bunch of What a For many Seerane. fools who engaged in prostitution at luminous piece of people, This is not a paradise of sexual Coronation park. writing. Coronation is a deviants who use it as a prostitution These busted male prostitutes, It is because of commons of zone. homosexuals or whatever they may your investigative BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI tranquility a, I am referring to those filthy be labelled really makes me sick. journalism that I green site where folks who got busted by the News As adults, what picture do we pen this column. everyone enjoy team. You should be ashamed of portray in the minds of our kids? It is solely to raise my concern, not team comes up with a follow up rights to leisure. yourselves. Are we endorsing the crap adage to snatch your story . story on what has happened to these It is a favourite spot to mingle Next time, the lens of the camera that “we are a lost generation”. , As people of this city we deserve sick people. Are they behind bars or with friends, relax with families will zoom close enough to catch you This eye opener of a story has to know what is it that law enforcers still peddling their wares in the while enjoying the delightful smells with your pants down. also left some of us baffled as to the are doing to end these filthy acts. park. of trees and braais. And to our Krugersdorp News kind of sick society are we living in. I think it will be great if the News We cannot lose our dignity over a This park is a small haven crime busters, you go girls!
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