Now is the time for Women
As part of celebrating Women’s day, the Desire of All nations Ministries hosted an “Ideal Women” event at NG Kerk Delmas Wes to celebrate the day on the 9th of August 2018, Pastor P Mahlangu was the host of for the well-attended event. The guests that graced the celebratory event were the Honorable Premier of Mpumalanga Ms. R M Mtshweni, Victor Khanye Local Municipality Executive Mayor Ms. E N Makhabane, The Minister of Health from the Kingdom of eSwatini Mrs. S Simelane, Zaza Mokhethi, renowned motivational speaker Pastor Sthembiso Zondo, the founder and chairperson of YWBN Ms. Nthabeleng Likhosi and the fashion stylist Bonita Ntuli.
Ms. Bonita Ntuli a fashion stylist and owner of brand label called Bonita clothing opened the proceedings detailing and encouraged women to look impressive and beautiful with a touch of modeling. Her elaborate presentation was followed by that of the founder and owner of YWBN, Ms. Nthabeleng Likhosi, who is set on becoming the first black female to own a bank in South Africa. Likhosi encouraged all gathered at the Ideal Women’s event together with the youth that nothing was impossible. “Never limit yourself, believe in yourself, as it only requires self-dedication and God and now is the time for women to lead” added Likhosi.
The main speaker at the event in the Honorable Premier of Mpumalanga Ms R M Mtshweni, took center stage and remarked that “as we celebrate this day and Women’s day in our country, let us take time to introspect and reflect on the success stories that are testimony of what we have achieved since the dawn of our democracy. I call it your achievement because a Government can only exist through the will of the people. Government can only succeed if amongst all of its social partners, the church becomes the cornerstone and is at the center that partnership”.
With this year’s theme of “100 Years of Albertina Sisulu, Woman of Fortitude: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”, the Premier continued her address indicating that the role of the church in the struggle for liberation was well documented are calling out the notable contributors that history knows by name in “Langalibalele Mafukuzela Dube, Zacharius Mahabane, Chief Albert Luthuli” beyond the common denominator amongst of all these great leaders is that these man were leaders of the church. The Premier also highlighted that a similar denominator was evident in women leaders in the struggle for independence “uMama Albertina Sisulu, Lillian Ngoyi and others relied on our brethren and sisters in religious institutions to give them guidance, because purpose is derived from our God” added Premier Mtshweni.
Mentioning the umbilical cord that exists between the politicians and religion she quoted Tata Nelson Mandela who said “the transformation of our country requires the greatest possible cooperation between religions and political bodies, critically and wisely serving our people together”. The Premier added that neither political nor religions objectives could be achieved in isolation. We are partners in building our society”. we all need to agree on moral goals and values as we share the quest for justice and peace, honestly and truth, love and freedom “our country cries for spiritual healing and for reconciliation in order to rebuild and restore human dignity. It is you, the religious leaders and members of the congregation like the desire of all Nations Ministries, who can answer that call. Our country is inflicted with a plethora of societal problems which in the main affect women.” This the Refilwe Mtshweni stated as she concluded her remarks without overlooking the violence that daily is faced by the women “we have high records of femicide, where women are killed by their partners and the incidents of rape are alarming, more shocking is the knowledge that almost all rape cases are committed by a person known or related to the victim”. Making a spiritual circle the Premier spoke of biblical women in the form of Lydia, Esther and Ruth and encouraged the congregation to emulate these women and like Rebekah, to be patient and persevere, and like Dorcas to use our talents to make other people happy, to be like Hannah who never stopped praying to God and above all let us be like uMama Albertan Sisulu who embodied the qualities of a selfless leader who never compromised her principles for the sake of populism. “Malibongwe Igama Lamakhosikazi !!!
The Minister of Health from the Kingdom of Swaziland Mrs. S Simelane, also addressed the congregation and stated that women should know how to develop themselves to be influential, she said in order to be a self-developed woman one needed to have positive self-esteem, have a self believe that all can be done. “You cannot be born as a leader but one needs to study in order to be a great one and you should be nice to people on your way up because you will need them on your way down” Pastor Sthembiso Zondo, who is also a motivation speaker from Ukhozi FM (From Zero to hero), shared the word of God. The celebration was closed by Ms. P. Mahlangu, who thanked everyone for making the Ideal Women 2018 celebration to be progressive and a success.