National Women’s Day: Celebrating the Ferocity and Strength of South African Women
It’s National Women’s Day on the 9th of August, and at City Pass we want to celebrate this day in spectacular fashion! From the 8th to the 12th of August we’ve cut 10% off the price of our City Passes in honor of women all around the world. Pay homage to the strength of women everywhere by enjoying your time off experiencing all the wonders Cape Town has to offer.
To kick start the festivities, we’d like to acknowledge and celebrate some amazing South African women who are really making a difference, who have achieved and are achieving amazing things for themselves and for others.
As a surgical consultant in the Surgical Breast and Endocrine Unit in Cape Town, Dr Roodt wanted to improve the experience of breast cancer patients on their road to recovery. It’s this that drove her to start Project Flamingo, an organisation that deals with the recovery process of breast cancer patients, from touch up surgeries to mastectomies and ‘pamper packs’. This has drastically cut down on wait times for surgeries, and has significantly improved the lives of breast cancer patients in SA.
Dr. Henley is the head researcher at Elephant Alive, and has dedicated years of her life to researching the African Elephant. She focuses on the survival of the African Elephant, and with her PhD on the Sex and Age Related Feeding Distinctions in the African Elephant, her programme has seen to it that over 50 elephants have been collared since the start of her program.
Sexual health and educationin South Africa has always been lamentably poor. Health care in particular pales in comparison to the rest of the world, where sexual health clinics and Planned Parenthood clinics are bountiful. Dr. Elna Rudolph saw this with her own eyes, and in retaliation she started My Sexual Health. She was the first South African Doctor to complete the Higher Diploma in HIV Medicine and Sexual Health to enable her to assist her patients. It’s thanks to her that South Africans are finally changing the way they view their sexual health.
The price of Rhino horn on the Black Market has lead to the near mass extinction of Rhinos in Africa at the hands of poachers, as well as the countless deaths of park rangers and guards who give their lives trying to protect these magnificent animals. The Black Mambas anti-poaching unit was formed, and the majority of the group is made up of brave, dedicated women that patrol the park on foot day and night. We commend them for their bravery and efforts to protect our Rhinos.
Durban born Zanele Muholi is a passionate visual activist who formed the Forum for the Empowerment of Women in 2002. The organisation focuses on supporting and empowering black, lesbian women in South Africa, who face immense stigma and cultural prejudice in their communities. By increasing awareness and understanding through her visual arts she hopes to improve the lives of the LGBT community in South Africa.