Speaking at the Woman in Water Conference, Ronald Lamola encouraged South Africans to learn if they are serious about land redistribution programme. This came when he was outlining the programme for land expropriation without compensation at the conference. He was invited to engage on where does water management and ownership form part of the land expropriation programme. Several stakeholders who attended the conference questioned the appropriateness of the land redistribution programme if water challenges remain unchallenged citing that some farms are redistributed with water rights sold to neighbouring farmers depriving new owners to farm leaving farms idling.
He pointed the challenges of literacy as contributing factors on the process of the land redistribution because some of the communities have received farms and they fail to produce whilst some give the rights for ownership to Trusts. “There is lack of participation in the process by young people and this led to exclusive decisions”, he said. He emphasised that educated graduates and community members who are literate must attend community meetings and give advises in a way that when farms are to be redistributed, there is proper due diligence in all infrastructure and resources within the farms. He also encouraged women to get more educated and to participate in “Programmes like this” will assist them to understand more about agriculture and also to support one another.
Ronald stated that one of the problems faced with restitution is that it is over judicialised. He said that “If something is given to state, it is still not given to you, we are determined to give people accessibility to their land and water resources”. He says that it will be key to give security of tenure in communal land and it must be open for everyone to participate in a water and agricultural sector. He concluded by saying that the Freedom Charter states that “The land shall be shared among those who work it” however he believes that the land must be shared among those who deserve it.
The conference started on Sunday 11 and was opened by MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr. Sikhumbuzo Eric Kholwane who emphasized the need for woman to participate in programmes that are aimed at their economic development. He encouraged woman in business to participate in mainstream economy and the need to support each other.
During the programme on Monday and Tuesday, Dr Jeniffer Molwantwa led the proceedings where there were discussion sessions on challenges facing small businesses and women due to water rights. The conference was aimed at inclusivity for development. During the Gala Dinner, Prof Mdluli motivated woman emphasising the need to create legacy and adding value through impact driven approach to life. “If you do what failures do, you cannot expect success, failure is a sign that you are not doing what those successful do”, he says.
Prof Mdluli indicated that 10% of people are economic developers who come up with ideas to develop the economy, 30% are economic managers who go to institutions of higher learning to learn how to manage what other people have developed. “This 30% only learn how to manage but not to bring something new into existence, they are clever consumers”, he said. He said that the last 60% are consumers who do not manage and develop anything, theirs is waiting to consume and nothing more than that.
Miss Africa Globe spoke of the importance of water in our body and encouraged saving water as a lifestyle. Our bodies are made of 60% water and each part of human has percentage of water and that makes water a need, she said. She encouraged woman to participate in programmes that seeks to develop them and the community they live in.
Dr Jennifer was full of praise of her team led by Liketso Khaile and Sylvia for their efforts to get the conference going and the speakers in the industry. A representative from woman in agriculture encouraged woman to educate their kids to participate in their business. One of the partners and friends of IUCMA, Moudy Mudzielwana of Tshikovha Graduates Academy encouraged audience to build sustainable business in line with trends and avoid participating in everything that looks like business.
The conference ended with discussion on gender equality and promotion of young scientists in water to make their mark through participation to programmes in their space. Young women were encouraged to participate in mentorship programmes and workshops that are aimed at developing them.