Tshepo Khumbane—Growing South Africa’s Women and Landscape

by HART, T and BAIPHETHI, M, 2008
Agenda, 22(78), 156-162.

The South African government has made numerous attempts to integrate women into the economy using different strategies. Many of these have been unsuccessful and others are unsustainable, requiring continued expenditure. Tshepo Khumbane, a development activist for more than 40 years, argues that the strategies are poorly focused. According to her, the various attempts do not consider the mental, social and natural resource damage that resulted from years under apartheid. Her philosophy is simple – heal people’s minds and work with the resources they have available. Once they have conquered hunger and redeveloped self-respect, respect for others and their environment, they can go on to greater things