On the 16th of August 2012, the community of Marikana was brought to the spotlight of national & international attention, when protesting miners were shot down by police. The nation grieved with the community and followed the events of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry with fervour. Although the report brought about mixed feelings, Asanda Benya, who is a Research Associate at the Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) of the University of the Witwatersrand, did denote an important notion about the events. She stated that ‘to fully understand Marikana the event, one has to understand Marikana the location and hence the realities and conditions on the ground’.
In the plight of the women of Marikana, Awakened Minds saw a just cause to host a fundraising event that will aid the woman to develop and sustain themselves. So this year as set out to have an annual #RememberMarikana commemoration, Awakened Minds embarks on the task to raise awareness of the plights from women in Marikana. The weekend of the 29th October 2016 please make way to the Bannister Hotel on De Beer Street in Braamfontein and hear how you can aid the Woman of Marikana. Whilst you are there take a moment to listen to the personal stories from the Sikhala Sonke women and engage with the notable speakers from SERI & Uhuru Production.
Only in partnership can we help rebuild communities. The Africa We Want, starts here.
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