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South Africa Celebrating Women’s Month 2015

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Pretoria – The theme for Women’s Month 2015: “Women, United in Moving South Africa forward” and a calendar of activities for the month have been approved by Cabinet.

In a statement issued following a Cabinet meeting, the Ministry in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation said the Women’s Day event on 9 August will be marked with the release of the first Status of Women Report.

President Jacob Zuma will lead the celebrations of Women’s Day which will be held at Sasolburg, in the Free State.

This year marks the 59th anniversary of the Women’s March to the Union Buildings against pass laws, kick-starting the build-up to the 60th anniversary in 2016.

National Science Week

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor will launch National Science Week (NSW) taking place from 1 to 8 August 2015 at the North-West University (NWU).

The launch will take place at NWU’s Mafikeng campus on 1 August.

National Science Week will be celebrated under the theme “International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.”

Light and its significance in improving lives will be showcased in different forms such as the application of laser in health, cataract surgery, industry manufacturing, car welding and security beams for deterring burglary.

The Department of Science and Technology has, through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), invested in photonics – the science of light technology of generating controlling and detecting light waves and particles of light.

Minister Pandor will be accompanied by North West MEC for Education Maphefo Matsemela, and the NWU’s Vice Chancellor, Prof Dan Kgwadi.

The event will be attended by thousands of learners, university students, scientists and members of the community. -SAnews.gov.sa

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[photo credits: “National Women’s Day” by K. Kendall – originally posted to Flickr as National Women’s Day. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Women%27s_Day.jpg#/media/File:National_Women%27s_Day.jpg]

 

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