Celebrating Women in August
August is regarded as the month of the woman. We remember to celebrate women, and all that they do for their families and society. Women have proven time and time again that they are the backbone of this nation. The phrase “’wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo’ (You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock) has come to represent the courage and strength of South African women.
Hermanus Tourism would like to celebrate these women. Every week we will be introducing you to an extraordinary woman. Women who do remarkable things, big or small. Who live out their passion while feeding a family. The woman who looks invisible but, makes a big difference to the people surrounding her.
The first woman you will meet hails from Zwelihle. After completing her studies at UWC she decided to permanently relocate to Hermanus.
Most people probably remember Tuli Martins as the girl with the dreadlocks riding a bicycle through town. Yes, she’s got dreadlock and yes, she rides a bicycle.
Originally from Grootfontein, situated close to Colesberg, Tuli moved to Hermanus in 2009. At the time she was Grade 11. After completing Grade 12 from Hermanus High school, she moved to Cape Town and attended UWC where she started studying towards a BA Degree in Tourism & Communications.
Full of energy and highly motivated Tuli decided to relocate to Hermanus permanently after completion of her studies. She is currently employed by Neptune’s Divers and runs the office at the Old Harbour Market. Tuli is always trying to involve the local community of Zwelihle into projects. Currently she is working on a directory and once finished, it will give the reader a glimpse of what Zwelihle has on offer. She confirms that her favourite part of Hermanus is the cliff path. This is where she walks, swims and ride her bicycle.
The future is looking bright for Tuli who is currently working on the finishing touches of her new venture so, watch this space!
We dedicate this series to the 20 000 women who on 9 August 1956, marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the prime minister, JG Strijdom
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