August 7, 2017 by Kgalalelo
The 9th of August is National Women’s day in South Africa and it’s a public holiday. This is the day where approximately 20 000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1956 to protest against carrying an internal passport, known as a pass, that sought to segregate and restrict the movement of women and all black people in the urban areas during the apartheid era. The month of August is thus dedicated to all women to commemorate that special day that contributed to freedom and unrestricted movement of black people in the urban areas. There are different events that are held across the country to memorialise this day annually in honour of all women.
On this blog post, I also wanted to honour a woman of faith and integrity that I worked with. She was both a colleague and a friend who went to be with Jesus on 5 July 2017. This is a sequel to the blog post of the 31st July 2017 were I recounted the event of her death and to respect the family, her identity remains hidden but I could never hide the message and the magnitude of her light and her impact in my life. This aids me also in my own healing by rather celebrating her life today with the powerful messages she had sent me since the year began. I therefore, dedicate this Women's Day to her.
I couldn’t make it to her celebration service on 17 July 2017 due to logistical issues, however, I am proud to have known her. She was a gentle soul, who was not afraid to say what was on her mind. We had many good laughs together and what is prominent to me during our conversations was that she was a believer and we always encouraged each other in the Lord. She never said much about her deep frustrations except work-related issues, hence her passing came as a shock to all of us. It was an unexpected departure and even worse that we had spoken that morning, not knowing that it would be the last time.
I have shared below, a few messages that she forwarded to me every so often in the morning since the beginning of 2017 to encourage me. This is the person she was to me. She inspired and cheered me up all the time, the weekends and work days were no different to her. There was always that link. She was many things to many people; a wife, mother, daughter, sister, colleague, friend, congregant, aunt, niece and many other labels we attached to make life practical for all of us. She was a spiritual sister to me and it has been difficult to forget and delete the messages hence sharing them to always refer back and remind myself of the times we shared together.
Now that the time to be together in this physical manifestation has come to an end and the enjoyment of a cup of coffee shared during the years, I wish my spiritual sister a happy Women's Day in the spirit and thank the Lord that we got to know each other.
Happy Women's Month to all the beautiful women of South Africa wherever you are and to all the women in the world as everyone is doing their best to bring about positive changes in their own lives and the lives of others. Aluta Continua! The struggle continues, victory is certain!
Kgalalelo Saane Mphephuka
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