On a warm winter’s morning, just before the clock was about to strike 12.00 pm, the women of Londolozi gathered to listen to Dr Rav Kahlon, our local doctor, who’d come to treat patients but also to speak to the ladies of Londolozi on the importance of women’s heath. This was a timely visit with National Women’s Day only a day away.
The talk was informal, gathered around the large table that sits squarely in the Ubuntu Hut, our outdoor ‘meeting room’ where ideas are shared, talks are held and where people gather to simply spend time with one another under the shade of the rondavel’s thatched roof. On the walls posters had been put up, each with a meaningful quote in recognition of National Women’s Month.
The talk was insightful, focused on the main diseases that affect women in our country and prevention around these as well as the importance of regular check-ups and testing.
The following day began with festivities at 11.00 am as staff gathered in the village for our annual Women’s Day celebration. Speeches and poems were read out, followed by singing and dancing that resounded through the village. The Londolozi Ladies choir made their entrance dressed from head to toe in brilliant blue skirts and neatly pressed white shirts. They wore matching headgear and traditional rattles fitted around their ankles.
Our video below shows some of the dancing and festivities of the day. This was followed by the cutting of the cake and a scramble to get ready for the traditional Women’s soccer match…
A group of ladies, some adorned in bright yellow vests, vests worn every Sunday by our team as we devote an hour to sustainable practices, gathered on the soccer field to begin the match.
Both teams took the game very seriously putting in an impressive effort as they chased the ball and cheered as goals were scored. At half time we ate some oranges before resuming the last 10 minutes of the game. We are happy to announce that the teams drew 2/2!
Most importantly the day honoured the march of 1956 where as many as 20 000 women gathered to protest against the unjust pass laws implemented during South Africa’s Apartheid years. It is because of these brave women, who took a stand for what they believed in, that we celebrate this National Holiday on 09 August.
The protest song ‘You strike a women, you strike a rock!’ reminds us of these powerful stalwarts of South Africa!
Photographed by: Chris-Kane Berman, Kate Groch and Kate Collins
Film clip shared by Richard Laburn on Instagram