Prof. Thuli Madonsela will be in Bloemfontein on Saturday to give a talk about the significance of quality education for the empowerment of all. The fundraising gala event will be hosted by the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SACIAWJ) Free State at the Sun Windmill.
One of the SACIAWJ Provincial Coordinators, Judge Celeste Reinders, expressed that the annual gala dinner promises to be a glittering, fun filled evening this year with accomplished South African woman and former Public Protector Prof Thuli Madonsela as the keynote speaker.
“As a woman who is internationally recognised for her extensive resume and having been a teaching professional in the past, Prof. Madonsela has a passion for education. We are honoured to have her speak at the fundraiser. She lends a lot of significance to the event and will help to inspire the young students who will be attending,” said Judge Reinders.
The SACIAWJ has a strong track record of community outreach and social responsibility programmes, including a mentoring programme for LLB students and youth interested in pursuing careers in Law, among others.
“Quality education is close to our hearts, so we will have many students present at the event. We make an effort to advance education, especially legal education. We roll out programmes for young women to be mentored and exposed to various branches of the legal profession,” Judge Reinders added.
Other programmes that the SACIAWJ has been committed to since 2005 include the Take a Girl Child to Work Day, 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women, World Aids Day and the Women in Prison Programme. The chapter’s current president is Judge President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Mandisa Maya. The association is a non-profit organisation, so all programmes are funded by events and membership fees.
The evening at the Sun Windmill will include a raffle and musical item by the St Andrew’s Music Academy. The lucky raffle winner will get a painting of former President Nelson Mandela by local artist, Marina Scheepers.