ISSUE 11: MARCH/APRIL 2020
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“LEADERSHIP IS THE CAPACITY TO
VISION INTO REALITY.”
“Success isn’t about how
much money you make, its
about the difference you
make in peoples lives.”
Durban born and raised, Sarisha
Haripershad is an Optometrist by
profession, a wife and a mom, who
successfully owns two Torga Optical
franchise practices (Ballito Junction
and Cornubia Mall). Sarisha hails from
a humble family who instilled strong
morals, values, ethics and culture in
her, of which she now imparts to her
own little family.
During Sarisha’s schooling career at
Sastri College, she volunteered at
many Sathya Sai Baba health screenings
and took keen interest in Optometry
after noticing the number of
people who not exposed to eye care.
After matriculating, Sarisha obtained
her Optometry Degree at the University
of Kwa-Zulu-Natal, Westville in
2006. Prior to being self-employed,
she practiced as an optometrist at
various optometry practices, gaining
knowledge, expertise and confidence
to live out her dream of being
a Successful Woman in Business.
FAMILY FIRST - A TYPICAL DAY IN MY LIFE
The birth of my baby and being a mom are the most rewarding and humbling experiences anyone
could have. There is no greater love than this! Being a mom makes you redefine what is important
and what you need to do to ensure your child’s happiness. Zara is truly my blessing, says Sarisha.
Sarisha is married to Satish Bechoo and they have a beautiful 3 year old daughter, Zara.
The birth of Zara in 2016 impelled her to take a leap of faith into self-employment to provide a
better future for her daughter.
She opened her first practice in 2017, Torga Optical Cornubia Mall and thereafter in 2018, Torga
Optical Ballito Junction.
Being your own boss has its challenges but also comes with numerous rewards too. A typical
day for Sarisha starts off as a regular wife and mom ensuring her family is well taken care off for
the day before proceeding to put on her brave optometrist armor - facing a new day with unexpected
challenges and scenarios. The stimulating chapter of the day begins with doing what she
does best, testing patients. The highlight of meeting various personalities and infringing ocular
solutions for the patient’s visual day leaves Sarisha and her patients empowered.
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The role of an optometrist is to
provide primary eye care, addressing
both eye health and
vision concerns. This includes
undertaking testing, assessment
and diagnosis as well
as providing vision correction
through vision training, glasses
or contact lenses.
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Sarisha emphasizes that great customer service is pure
magic so come in and visit either one of the stores for your
professional eye care services. Quality and value are one of
Sarisha does not intend on stopping here and plans on
furthering her career with an MBA in the near future.
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THE BUSINESS PROCESS - NO.11
Setbacks and comebacks seemed to have been in
fashion these past two years and boy was I trending!
Since 11 is my favorite number I believe it is fitting
to share a little story about how eleven issues of
The Roaring Trade Magazine surfaced in this tough
Let me start with a few hard truths:
STARTUP BUSINESSES HAVE IT DOWN RIGHT TOUGH!
The first hurdle - you’re a new kid on the block, noone
knows you well enough to trust your product
or service so they hesitate to support you - totally
understandable. Then, out of the blue stems aggressive
competition which scares the pants off you (until
you realize there’s enough pie to go around). As if that
was not scary enough, you suddenly notice flaws in
your business which plant doubt in your mind and just
when you thought things couldn’t get any crazier you
deal with a force that’s beyond your control. #SHOOK!
This is a vicious cycle. All this doubt yet you’re still in
the running to become a successful entrepreneur!
EVERY SINGLE THING is in your control even those
battles that seem impossible to conquer.
To those smart hustlers, starting from scratch - what I
just mentioned is pretty much the norm (apparently)!
Compiling eleven valuable issues took a lot of time,
passion, finance and creativity (all of which are essential
elements required to travel on this journey). However, it’s
never-ending and can be stressful. It can actually
become an obsession and balancing a strike sometimes
seems far-fetched BUT it is rewarding, it is your
own and it is your chance to forge your own destiny and
build the empire you’ve dreamed of.
It may not seem that way when you’re facing difficult
times but these are situations which strengthen your
character and construct a mindset to become a better
Entrepreneurship is not for softies, not for those who
wear their heart on their sleeves.
Of course I am guilty of having this quality. It took me
time to realize that emotions and entrepreneurship
DO NOT go hand in hand. So if you want to reach
success timeously you will have to leave your comfort
The business owner path is long and
windy. It makes you uncomfortable
more often than not, but these
hurdles that you so often stumble
upon are stepping stones that make
you smarter, wiser and tougher in
the business world.
If I learned anything in this journey it
would be that IT IS WORTH IT!
Thank you to a good few setbacks
which attracted stronger comebacks
we were able to surface eleven
See you in round 12!
HEAL YOUR MIND, BODY AND SOUL
WITH FARAH MANJOO
A doting wife and mother, Farah Manjoo is also
a pragmatic business woman who embodies sensitivity
to inspire positive change in the lives of
others with complete lack of
“I grew up poor. My father
abandoned me when I was
just six years old and
living with my extended
maternal family was
Today I feel as free as a
butterfly, living my best life”
THE JOURNEY THAT BROUGHT LIFE CHANGING LESSONS
Farah grew up in Pietermaritzburg with her
maternal family. Throughout her childhood she
was forced to be self-reliant which taught her
independence and built self control, although
it didn’t seem that way back then. The hardship
of not fitting in was always a cloud above her
head but these mishaps came with a silverlining.
“Education has always been my priority’
Despite the curve balls life threw at her, Farah
put herself through school by selling odds and
ends to make money eventually matriculating
with 5 distinctions! Farah worked really hard
to pay off her tertiary studies. She persevered
towards achieving her B.Ed Degree and Honours
in Psychology while fulfilling her responsibilities
to the family she has now created. Her
fierce spirit, with roots centred firmly in her
now family, is known to conquer anything she
faces. Her first goal was to find the basic direction
she never received in religion at home.
Farah gained insight on the Islamic faith which
still gives her a sense of peace and calm today.
A BOLD DECISION WHICH SET ME FREE
“I was locked in a loveless marriage before I knew what real love should be like”
Farah first married at the tender age of 18 and had her daughter Masiha, at 22. Two years after
the birth of her child, she walked out of her loveless marriage with not much to fall back on
but has no regrets. She picked up her pieces bit by bit, focusing on Masiha and found herself
experiencing freedom at an escalated level.
It was when she turned 25 that
Farah found her soul mate.
“He is the most supportive
human being I have ever met”
Mohamed Manjoo her husband
entered her life and together
they have two beautiful children.
However, doom and gloom
quickly set in when least expected.
She was seen as a nonconformative
muslim wife. Farah
became apathetic, she hit rock
bottom and lost all confidence
and self-worth. Not long after,
she decided to take charge of her
life again and after a long and
tedious process she found her
path to healing from within.
PERSONAL MASTERY - TODAY I AM FREE!
After making contact with professionals to combat her depression, Farah made the conscious
decision to rewrite her narrative, by helping others in the same or similar situation, once she was
completely healed. She analysed the root causes of negative living and intelligently exploited
the primal gifts she was given and through this she raised her self-identity. Farah further
educated herself on mindful living, feeding her inherent power and she now holds a string of
qualifications and expertise which equip her to positively impact the lives of others.
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It connects people to their true authentic selves, helping
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KZN TO ROLL OUT
DROUGHT EMERGENCY PLAN
The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal
is set to roll out an Emergency Drought Mitigation Plan in
areas affected by drought in the province.
The department said that currently, 256 towns and surrounding communities
are reported to be affected by drought in the province.
The identified hotspot areas include Uthukela, Umzinyathi,
Amajuba, Zululand, Uthungulu and Umgungundlovu.
The provincial department said approximately R97 million has
been set aside for the short term drought intervention in the
Some of the short-term interventions to be implemented will
include putting in place drought operating rules,
groundwater resource development,
water tankering from available sources,
rainwater harvesting and the protection
and use of springs, amongst
“The department has already begun providing
the necessary support to communities affected
through various action programmes. The new
borehole programme has identified 1 118 new
boreholes, 3 000 water tanks have been made
available to provide water to affected communities
and there is ongoing assessment for the
refurbishment of boreholes,” the department
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation
Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has since called on
locals to enhance water conservation measures
as the provincial dam storage capacity
remains below average at 54.9%.
Meanwhile, Sisulu and Cooperative Governance
and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have set clear
directives to officials of the two departments
to address drought challenges.
The Ministers made the call at a joint Ministers
and Members of Executive Councils (MINMEC)
meeting held in Johannesburg last week. During
the meeting, the Ministers received a joint
presentation with regard to drought interventions
across the country by the National
Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) and the
The department has reprioritised more than
R600 million of its finances towards assisting
in the short-term drought interventions.
National Treasury has also allowed the department
to use emergency procurement measures
in drought stricken areas.
The Ministers emphasised that all efforts
towards drought relief need urgent decision
making and execution.
The Emergency Drought Mitigation Plan
includes short-, medium- and long-term
interventions designed to mitigate drought
The short-term interventions are expected to
be implemented over a period of three to six
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This as President Ramaphosa tabled the SONA in
a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the
National Council of Provinces on Thursday night.
THE 2020 SONA
The South African Chamber of Commerce (SACCI) has
welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation
the areas of addressing youth skills development
from early childhood development to a
reduction of youth unemployment.
The chamber said challenges in energy availability
should receive the level of attention promised
in the address.
South Africa’s major challenges in the area of
affordable and consistent energy availability to
drive business, industry and commerce should
receive the level of attention promised in the address.
Similarly, the action on fixing state owned
enterprises to contribute to economic growth
and the planned actions around creating a capable
state are good interventions,” it said.
In his address, President Ramaphosa said government
will implement measures that are set
to fundamentally improve South Africa’s energy
Measures taken include a Section 34 Ministerial
Determination that will be issued shortly to give
effect to the Integrated Resource Plan 2019, enabling
the development of additional grid capacity
from renewable energy, natural gas, hydro
power, battery storage and coal.
SACCI welcomed the President’s intentions in
“We particularly congratulate the President for
having made this SONA speech to be about inclusive
economic growth and job creation.”
“Whilst the announced plans indicate a level of
seriousness in addressing the short to medium
term challenges, we would urge the government
to articulate a very clear long-term vision
and plan for the republic of South Africa,” said
The triple challenges of poverty, unemployment
and inequality need to be addressed if South Africa
is to move from being a developing economy
to a developed economy.
“We wish to echo the President’s call that these
problems cannot be solved by government
“All social partners and stakeholders now need
to focus more on working together to find solutions
to the complex problems facing South Africa
and our potential and assumed leadership
role in the African continent,” it said.
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Making It In High Heels
One is instantly attracted to this self driven, compassionate,
Deveshni Kullen (affectionately known as Dee) is
the creative behind DVS Business Solutions.
Dee hails from a little town called Nonoti (near
Stanger/Darnall on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu
Throughout her schooling career she was exposed
to a narrow path however a motivating
force to dream big never left her imagination.
Dee attended a semi-rural school and became
the first student to obtain four distinctions! This
was her first accomplishment to record that she is
destined for the greater good.
PASSION AND PURPOSE
By combining my love for marketing, my love for entrepreneurship and my intense desire to help
small businesses get noticed - I created a social media marketing businesses!
From a quiet introvert to an exuberant ambivert, Dee has accomplished what she says is the
seemingly impossible for a farm girl. She is well educated with morals and values as well as a
formal qualification - a Bachelors Degree in Administration (Marketing) and a higher certificate
in Marketing Management.
Together with her paperback knowledge she is equipped with a wealth of experience in the
marketing industry, having been employed by agencies straight out of campus.
THE UNIVERSE GIVES US
when you trust
your gut, instead of
During her times of discomfort Dee recalls a
few events that shaped her into being who
she is today. One that stood out was the bold
choice to live with her dad and grandmother
after her parents divorced. She thanks them
for their continuous faith in her, in steering her
towards her passion and never giving her the
option to back down from her goal.
The untimely death of her grandfather taught
her that life is too precious to be wasted wallowing
in pity. This void steered Dee into reading
and she now understands why that was an
important adjustment in her life. Her grandfather
was the first entrepreneur in the family,
owning a small shop that serviced local cane
labourers, and she intends to honour his legacy
by continuing her entrepreneurial journey.
WITTY AND PRETTY - PAYING IT FORWARD
I have been fortunate enough to have an amazing business mentor Lauren Abdo, who took me
under her wing and helped me climb the ropes! I pay it forward whenever I can - whether it’s
giving advice to existing entrepreneurs or to aspiring entrepreneurs. I am a cheerleader of small
business growth. I love to see businesses succeed!
WARRIOR BOSSES - Who and Why?
Warrior Bosses, founded by Dee
just over two years ago, is a business
SUPPORT network and safe
space for entrepreneurs to connect
with people on similar levels.
We exist online and offline.
Online - We have a WhatsApp support
group to keep us connected,
share valuable entrepreneur
resources, refer each others'
services, stay motivated as entrepreneurs
and celebrate each others'
Offline, we have bi-monthly events. The purpose of these events vary - We share business challenges
or business goals. We also bring in speakers who are experts in their field to help our members grow
either in their business capacity or personal capacity.
The events have become a powerful space where you can learn, feed off each other's positive energy
and build a formidable business network. I think we, as entrepreneurs acrosss S.A., definitely need
this kind of platform.
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When someone mentions saving, the first thought that comes to my mind is saving money in a
savings account. There is no doubt that the importance of saving money can help you become
financially secure. Building this good habit as a teen or young adult highlights the importance of
creating a secure future.
One of the elements of saving money is
CUTTING BACK ON YOUR EXPENSES. Work
together as a family to make this fun, and
you can measure what you are able to save.
The starting point is to set a goal of what
you are going to do with the money that
you save. The goal is essential, as this will
help you channel your energy and mind-set
into one of saving.
Some trimming back ideas can be to: reduce
your power and water bills, reduce your
telephone and data costs, reduce food
expenses by planning meals and making
sure that you stick to your shopping
list so that you don’t buy on impulse. You
can cancel your satellite subscription, substitute
eating out with picnics in the park
or the beach and take a packed lunch to
school, varsity or work.
Some of these ideas are not necessarily costs
that you pay for yourself. It is important to
be aware of these costs and how you can
work together as a family to reduce them.
Develop good saving habits and these will
help you now especially if you are having to
make your income stretch as far as possible.
Make this fun and don't forget the goal you
have set and why you are doing this!
Having a picnic with friends is a really awesome
way to have fun without breaking the
bank. Everyone can contribute to the picnic
and other than packing the picnic bag or
basket there is no tidying up.
PLANT A VEGGIE GARDEN
Vegetable gardening is a splendid
hobby that can often turn a
profit should you have a good
harvest. Focus on vegetables
that are easy to grow. Your parents
will be blown away when
you "bring home the veggies".
Before you launch into gardening
do your homework and
plan your garden. Don’t be too
ambitious by starting off big
and getting overwhelmed.
PACK YOUR OWN LUNCH
Cutting down or eliminating
eating out in restaurants, buying
take-aways and buying lunch
from the canteen will add up to a
huge monthly saving.
Eliminating standing in a queue
during breaks will also give you
more time to catch up with
friends. Pack your lunch the
night before to save time in the
REDUCE YOUR DATA COSTS
Reduce your data costs by setting
data alerts and limits on
your mobile device. You can do
this using the Data Usage setting
on your device or download a
third party app.
Use Wi-Fi wherever possible and
get into the habit of turning your
data off on your phone when
connected to Wi-Fi.
Limit background data as this
can be a huge drain on your data
without even realising that it is
happening. Review what is using
your cellular data and change
unnecessary apps to only sync or
update when you are connected
to Wi-Fi. You will also find that
this saves your battery life.
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Our journey began in 2016
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By May 2018 we had 31
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We outgrew the space and
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to move to a small holding.
We are now a registered
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UNRAVELLING A CABLING BIRDS NEST
The Netconfig team are often called on by clients to unravel cables that don’t seem to make sense to
them – and put everything back together in an orderly fashion. A case in point was the task they were
given to do a Server Cabinet Cleanup recently at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof over a
weekend recently. Explaining what they were faced with, Infrastructure Manager at Netconfig, Darryn
Bold explained “There was a 1 x 43u Cabinet that had all the network cabling, fiber optic Links, switches
and servers mounted in it. All the cabling looked like a big birds nest and it made life difficult for the IT
Engineers to trace cables and plug in new equipment. There was also a lot of unused equipment racked
and not getting used, but no one could gain access to remove it without bumping something that
would drop the network. In most cases you have a separated Network Cabinet with the cabling points
and switches in and then you have a separate cabinet for the servers, firewalls, router and core switch.”
“We supplied St Mary’s with 2 x new 43u – 1
meter deep Perforated Server Cabinets for the
Server Room. We also disassembled the old
Network Cabinet and had to follow each cable to
see where it was plugged into on the Patch Panels
and which switch or server they belong to.
We then installed all the fibers, mounted the s
witches and cable tied it all neatly. The second
cabinet was introduced and I started racking all the
routers, Firewalls and Servers into it. We installed
the links between the two cabinets and labelled
them and all the network leads, and started
patching them into the switches & servers.
Finally, we moved the UPS’s to one side of the room
and we slowly started seeing the Server Room take
shape with all the cables and equipment mounted
in the new cabinets. We double checked that what
we documented was plugged in correctly and we
powered up the cabinets. It took about 30 minutes
for all Switches and Servers to be online and then
we walked around the school making sure that
all the different blocks were getting connectivity,
along with WIFI and that the IP Cameras were
working. On Monday we were given the green light
that the network for the school was up and running
perfectly. It was fantastic to see the look on the
school IT department ‘s faces when they saw their
new server room. They were happy with the result
and we were excited to leave them with an
uncluttered, orderly IT set up.” Concluded Darren.
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Lynelle Blunden - An infectious laugh,
great sense of humour and strongwilled.
When sitting with Lynelle, one is instantly
drawn to her wit and charm. 20 years ago
she put her heart and soul into driving
sales for her employees at City Granite.
After 6 years of hardknocks and easy pickings,
this sales representative was offered
shares in the company. She gracefully
accepted and, together with her business
partner, successfully grew the business for
several years after.
The day arrived when Lynelle decided to
buy out the company. She recalls this big
leap of faith and says there are no regrets
to this day.
CHALLENGES AND CHANGES IN THE INDUSTRY
Despite the aggressive competition in the industry, Lynelle still manages to retain her
clients due to the good quality workmanship and after sales service she and her team
Being a woman in a male-dominated industry was initially a challenge. However over
the years she grew a strong and focused mindset which shaped her into the powerhouse
she is today.
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We are privileged to live in the most amazingly
beautiful, vibrant part of the world. The KZN North
Coast is breath-takingly beautiful in so many ways.
Flying into King Shaka International Airport gives
visitors the impression that they are touching
down into a land of plenty. Rolling green hills and
beautiful beaches. Indigenous bushland that is
teaming with a variety of bird species and the most
entertaining, quirky small mammal population. It
is paradise to most of us, and if we want to keep it
the way it is, we need to understand that we can’t
just live here without putting something back.
Take the beaches for instance. Litter has become
a major problem on most of our once pristine
beaches on the North Coast. This is where we can
all make a difference. Simply take a black refuse
bag with you when you go to the beach and fill it
with your own refuse – and take it home to dispose
of. If you see people littering while you’re at the
beach, take a stand! Explain to them that their litter
will eventually end up in the sea and be added to
the mountain of refuse in the ocean that is already
causing widespread damage.
The reason we ALL need to make a difference
is because steadily, but surely, money that was
once used to protect our coastal environment is
A comment in the North Coast Courier, following
on from the devastating annihilation of the
school of beautiful parrot fish in the Thompson’s
Bay pool attests to this.
“While the seawater pools dotted along Ballito’s
coast serve as sanctuaries for numerous sea
creatures, which use the calm waters and the
side walls and rocks for breeding and shelter,
illegal poaching and fishing have increased
substantially following the removal of Ezemvelo
staff from the coast in 2016. The decision
not to renew Ezemvelo’s contract was taken by
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A CALL TO PROTECT OUR
the Department of Environment, Forestry and
Fisheries (DEFF) in spite of its good track record
and years of experience. For close to 32 years,
well-trained Ezemvelo officials were responsible
for maintaining wildlife conservation areas and
biodiversity in KZN.
Dolphin Coast conservancy chairman, Di Jones
said she was appalled by the poaching incident
and said it was critical for the community to find
effective ways of fighting the illegal poaching of
sea life. She said parrot fish have been systematically
disappearing from the tidal pools and
some of the area’s once thriving tidal pools had
become barren aquatic deserts, depleted of fish
and live coral.”
The point is, if our beautiful coastland is not going to be policed by the DEFF, HOW are we going to help
protect it to prevent it from becoming a desolate patch of nothing? The bottom line? Tourists will avoid
coming here and the economy will suffer.
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KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
8% GROWTH IN PASSENGERS
The number of passengers arriving and
departing during December last year
through King Shaka International Airport
(KSIA) near Durban grew more than 11%
compared to the same period in 2018,
making it the fastest-growing airport in
The airport facilitated the journeys of
more than 616 000 passengers arriving
and departing during December last year,
up from 553 000 for the same period the
“Most airlines operated at near to full
capacity during the peak holiday month
as both international and local visitors
flocked to Durban for the end-of-year
break,” says Colin Naidoo, KSIA Senior
Manager: Corporate Affairs.
“The growth in passenger numbers
reflects not only the increasing attractiveness
of Kwa-Zulu Natal as a tourist destination,
but that flying directly to their
destination has become more affordable
and convenient for more visitors. We are
proud to say that December 2019 yielded
the highest passenger volumes for the
first time in its history, of which 93% of
total pax were domestic travellers.”
Naidoo said the growth in international
traffic was the result of several international
airlines operating direct routes
to Durban from major cities such as
London and Dubai. It also indicates that
the domestic airlines were at capacity to
ensure passengers had more choices to
local destinations including Durban. With
Durban being an events destination with
sport, conference and music added to the
destination of choice for people traveling
to Durban and KZN.
The number of international visitors arriving
and departing through KSIA grew to
more than 43 000 during December 2019,
up more than 11% on the same period of
the previous year. Meanwhile, there was
a 12% increase to more than 570 000 in
December 2019 (2018: 511 000) in domestic
“There is increasing competition among
international airlines for direct routes
and we are doing our best to attract new
airlines and to benefit from this,” says
FASTEST GROWING AIRPORT
The airport has won several
accolades and awards
over the past year, including
the best regional
airport in Africa in the Skytrax
World Airport Awards
in 2019, CAA Safety Award
2019 and Skytax Best Airport
The airport hopes that
this trend will continue as
2020 rapidly approaches
with its challenges and opportunities.
passenger numbers during
the busy peak season
month puts King Shaka
International Airport firmly
on track to grow its total
passenger numbers to
more than 6 million a year
by the end of March this
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Dolphins are common on this stretch of the North Coast shoreline,
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Human Rights Day is a national day that is commemorated annually on 21 March to remind
South Africans about the sacrifices that accompanied the struggle for the attainment of
democracy in South Africa.
SOUTH AFRICANS CALLED TO PUT
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS FIRST
The rights of the most vulnerable in society
will take centre stage as South Africa observes
Human Rights Month this March.
Social Development Deputy Minister Hendrietta
Bogopane-Zulu says children’s rights
must be placed above all else.
“Child protection remains a key area and
that’s why we say every child must have access
to Early Childhood Development (ECD),
and every child must be in school.
“… [We must create] an environment where
we protect children. However today, not even
school is safe, not even the ECD centre is safe,
and not even the home is safe,” the Deputy
Minister said at the start of Human Rights
Bogopane-Zulu said while South Africa has
without reservation ratified all the global
instruments -- including those from the
African Union and United Nations - that are
aimed at protecting children, children are
being let down.
“We need to ask ourselves what kind of a
nation we are. Are we worthy of celebrating
March as Human Rights Month, when we
are not even close to respecting the inherent
human rights of children?” the Minister said,
adding that children are under siege from
their own parents.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY
March is commemorated as Human Rights
Month in South Africa, which marks Human
Rights Day on 21 March. The day is in
memory of the Sharpeville massacre, which
occurred on 21 March 1960.
South Africa commemorates Human Rights
Day to reinforce its commitment to the Bill
of Rights, as enshrined in the Constitution.
These rights include:
Equality – everyone is equal before the law
and has the right to equal protection and
benefit of the law;
Human dignity – everyone has inherent
dignity and to have their dignity respected
Freedom of movement and residence – everyone
has a right to freedom of movement
and to reside anywhere in the country;
Language and culture – everyone has the
right to use any language and to participate
in the cultural life of their choice;
Life - everyone has the right to life.
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
Many are unaware that GENDER
BASED VIOLENCE represents a hate
crime against a specific gender. These,
amongst other crime, include rape,
forced prostitution, genital mutilations,
child marriage, human trafficking and
forced pregnancy. It has become a
global pandemic and is mostly directed
at women and children.
When you live in a country that is
wrought with many issues, gender
based violence becomes just another
huge problem on the list. As a South
African woman with 2 children, the
horrific nature of the crime against
women and children keeps me awake
at night. The news is riddled with stories
of brutal acts against children and
women, everyday. We have become a
paranoid nation. One cannot send their
children to school or go to a public toilet
without peace of mind. Men are also
victims but it is played down as there
are stigmas attached to a man being
involved in this type of crime.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS - IT CAN HAPPEN
This makes one wonder why it has become
a worldwide pandemic. I attribute
it to people losing their moral, ethical
and religious values. Social media also
has a hand in this. As people evolve and
communities change, it becomes more
and more imperative that people stand
up and break the silence. Awareness
and education is key to slowly eliminiatiing
these heinous acts from our
lives. Our children, more than anything,
deserve a non-violent environment in
which we can bring them up. We have
to give them a chance at life.
Let’s stand together and put an end to
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE.
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