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Dr Frene Ginwala speaks at the Lilian Ngoyi Memorial Lecture

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21 Aug 2006

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan and the Vice Chancelor of the University Of South Africa, Dr Barney Pityana, invite members of media to the Lilian Ngoyi Memorial Lecture.  As part of the 50 th anniversary celebrations of the Women’s Anti-Pass March, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) and the University of South Africa (UNISA) will co-host a memorial lecture in honour of the late Ms Lilian Ngoyi, one of the iconic figures in the history of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. The memorial lecture will be delivered by the first speaker of a democratic parliament, Dr Frene Ginwala.

On the 9 th of August 1956, Ms Lilian Ngoyi was one of the women who led the anti-pass march on the Union Buildings in Pretoria, one of the largest demonstrations staged in South Africa. Women played a leading role in the resistance to unjust pass laws which severely affected their position in society as well as the African family life.  Women were at the bottom of the social and economic hierarchy.  Because of the tenuous nature of their employment - largely in the domestic service and informal sectors, African women were particularly vulnerable to removal from the urban areas as "idle Africans” or "superfluous appendages".  

Apatrheid laws made it far more difficult for African women than men to acquire urban residency rights, accommodations in the urban areas. Influx control laws, and by extension the pass system, were intentionally used by government to bar African women from the urban areas and to confine them to the African reserves.

Date                       : 25 August 2006

Time                      : 18h:00

Venue                    : ZK Mathews Hall, UNISA Main Campus, Pretoria

Draft Programme:

Programme Director :Ms Mary Metcalfe

ACTIVITY

RESPONSIBILITY

Entrance by academic procession

 

Constitution of the Congregation

 

University Chancellor

Opening and Welcome

 

Prof Barney Pityana :UNISAVice Chancellor

 

Remembering the 9 th of August 1956

 

Ms Sophie de Bruyn

 

Introduction of Dr Frene Ginwala

Ms Ntombazana Botha:Deputy Minister Arts and Culture

 

Keynote Address

 

Dr Frene Ginwala

 

Vote of thanks

 

Dr Z Pallo Jordan:Minister Arts and Culture

 

Singing of the National Anthem

 

All

 

Dissolution of the congregation

 

 

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