Message from the Director

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Womandla has grown in leaps and bounds this year and I have my generous team of EXCO members to thank.

The journey has been smooth and not without challenges, but these challenges have shaped us to the improved versions of ourselves that we are.

Our year started off with the pilot of the Mentorship Programme at Langa High School in Cape Town, followed by a Sanitary towel drive that was supported nationwide to keep the female learners in school. This exercise taught us about resilience, relationship building and sharpened our communication skills. Our NPO held a Careers Expo at the school with willing companies, to expose learners of the various career options, university courses as well as financial aid available.

Yolanda, who leads the mentorship portfolio, was chosen to attend the World Youth Forum in Egypt this December.

Our Head of STEM was chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp and later in the year nominated for an ITTPSA award under the Social Responsibility category. The STEM department exhibited in the Women in ICT event and hosted a coding workshop for beginners – a job well done!

We held the inaugural Womandla Women in STEM Awards sponsored by Nedbank, during Women’s month and celebrated high achievers in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Southern Africa!

The Womandla EXCO was invited to Parliament twice to attend and participate in the Budget vote Speech and the Western Cape Provincial legislature Debate on GBV.  Critical conversations were had, especially regarding the on-going massacre of women in our country. I cannot pen this report without thinking about Uyinene Mrwetyana and many other women and children who lost their lives through gender-based violence this year. May justice prevail in this country.

Part of our strategy for 2020 is to branch out of Cape Town and further our reach to our Durban, East London and Johannesburg supporters and collaborate with other partners in Africa in our respective areas and continue with our skills development, nation-building initiatives and activism.

All these efforts listed above could not have happened without the support of the amazing team, followers and families, City of Cape Town, the DG Murray Trust, Maitland Group, Aspire Solutions, Global Kinetic and various venue sponsors, volunteers and donors. Thank you to the media Massiv Metro, Cape Talk, LeadSA, Radio Pulpit, Trace, Afternoon Express and Bizcommunity and not to mention social media for amplifying our voice to the masses.

Sithi Nangamso!

Wishing you a prosperous New Year.

Regards,

Sam Gqomo

Womandla Coding Workshop Saturdays

Cape Town – We recently held the first Womandla Basic Coding Workshop at American Corner. The coding workshop was aimed at giving the attendees a basic introduction to coding in HTML and CSS.  

The attendees learnt the common HTML tags used to structure HTML pages, the skeleton of all websites. They also learnt many aspects of styling web pages, edit text and colors, images and creating attractive layouts.  The attendees created a miniature site applying the knowledge they learnt in the session.

We also had some inspirational facilitators sharing their stories on how they got into the world of coding. They attended to all questions and queries throughout the session.

They used real life examples to explain why things are done the way they are. “We use divs to put things into their own separate places like we keep pots and pans in the kitchen and clothes in the wardrobe in the bedroom. We can put them everywhere or anywhere but you would end up with a messy house.” This was one of the analogies that actually helped the attendees to better understand the coding process.

Womandla will be hosting more coding workshops starting next year on Saturdays, also with a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Please fill in the Womandla Coding Workshop form if you would like to be a part of the program next year.

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Last Call for nominations: Womandla Women in STEM AWARDS

Today is the last day for ALL nominations!

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The excitement is mounting and our panel will be discussing and deliberating all entries. Nominees will be informed next week of their status.

Remember to book your seat, and book one for a friend and come celebrate the amazing work that South African women are doing!

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SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHS AWARDS

The Womandla – Women in STEM Awards shines a light on the achievements of women in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics industries and recognises excellence among those who strive to make a positive difference in the community.

Nominations can be sent for entrepreneurs or professionals of any related organisation, from all industries and from the private and public sectors.

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AWARDS DETAILS:

Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: The Vineyard Hotel, Cape Town

Time: 09h00am-12h00pm

TICKETS ARE ON SALE FOR R200.

Banking Details:

Womandla Foundation NPC. FNB Business Acc 62811072876

Reference: YOUR NAME, STEM

Book your seats!

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With over 100 entries, there is only ONE week left for Nominations!

This event is a great way to celebrate all women, network with industry leaders and learn lessons on leadership.

Book your seat and tell a friend!

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Womandla Career Expo – a HUGE success!

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We hosted a CAREER EXPO in Langa Township with companies and stakeholders this past weekend.

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We would like to thank the following stakeholders and companies: Global Kinetic (IT), Break Bread Group (Marketing), Voice of Africa Global Media, Codespace (Robotics), uNyazi Sales & Services (Engineering), Department of Local Government, NFSAS (Financial Aid) and Actuarial Woman’s Committee for their involvement.

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Learners and the school have benefited much from this event and have a better understanding and broader view of university requirements and the working world.

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We aim to have more sponsors and companies onboard next year to keep the learners encouraged and focused on their future endeavours and fulfilling their destinies.

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Rumbi joins panelists as Industry Leader in IT

Our Head of STEM, Rumbi Maisva, has been chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp. The camp will run  from 1 – 6 July,  at University of Cape Town for high school learners interested in these skills.

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As a woman in STEM, her insights will inspire students to confidently pursue a career within the tech industry.

At the camp, students will have the opportunity to:

– Work with innovative technologies, including Arduino Robotics and Sonic Pi.

– Learn about career opportunities from professionals in the industry.

– Meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals, while working towards solving real-world problems.

 Rumbi is a QA Automation Engineer at Global Kinetic, a fintech (financial technology) company and proud representative of Womandla!