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In celebration of Women’s Day, the ladies at the Gay and Lesbian Network (GLN) were treated to a buffet breakfast at the Golden Horse Casino. The event was hosted by the Pietermaritzburg Community Chest and there were many inspirational speakers. The speakers included Derryn Campbell, Priscilla Bhika, Sue Barnes and MC Ingrid Roberts. There was also a fashion show and many lucky draws, in which Tracy Sibisi and Ann Sthole won some lovely prizes. The day was also in celebration of the Community Chest’s 55 birthday and attendees were asked to make donation towards the Chest. The GLN ladies had a fabulous time at the breakfast and it was a real treat!

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On August 6 2015, the participants of the Zenzele Project, had their graduation ceremony. The Zenzele Project is an off shoot of the Gay & Lesbian Network’s Outreach project, and is aimed at empowering youth in local communities.

The Zenzele Project is the first of its kind in the area and was implemented in February. The group of 42 participants were spilt into separate groups for training. The topics that were covered in the course included personal development, career development and financial literacy. The personal development was facilitated by Lindzi Robinowitz and Monique Van Deventer, while Simon Wilde and Mark Brassell covered financial literacy, and Anna Martin did career development with them.

Londeka Xulu is the programme co-ordinator and has been hoping to run such a project for years and is extremely happy about the Zenzele pilot being such a great success. Ndumiso Gwala is the outreach worker who was also an integral part of the project.