Name: Gabaiphiwe Makgaka
Province: North West
Facebook: Gabaiphiwe Makgaka
Twitter handle: @soulsista63
What is the essence of being a woman to you?
The essence of being a woman, is being a woman, a mother of the nation, being able to nurture your fruits to full bloom.
What is your super power?
My super power is my voice; when I talk they listen.
What words would you use to describe yourself?
Independent, strong, loving and caring.
Do you relate to Women’s Month? If yes, why is it significant to you? If no, why is it not significant to you?
YES I do. I am a woman and we go through a lot and we still hold it down. The women who all took a stand in 1956 were not just doing it for themselves, they showed the world that we are strong and for that this month means a lot to me as a woman.
They say behind every man is a strong woman, is this a statement you relate to?
Yes it does, if that woman is not a mother, she is a wife or sister.
How do you think society perceives women?
Society perceives women as weak and useless and that they talk too much.
How are you #CommittedToChange in your role as a woman?
I am committed to change by being a role model to the upcoming generation, help them achieve more than what I did at their age and be able to stand for what they believe in and what is right.
What do you think the role of women is in developing the country?
The role of a woman in developing a country is educating the nation and making sure that the country is in good standing, support and encourage the leader to do what is right at all times.
In a world that favours men, how are you fulfilling your role as a woman?
It’s simple, I want to be a woman not just a woman but a woman with a voice, not just a voice but a strong voice.
In your words, what would South Africa look like if it had a female president?
Independent country with a better looking future. Yes, it might not be perfect but it will be one of the best countries in the world.
Given what you know now, what advice would you give to your younger self?
It’s okay to make mistakes. Just remember to learn from them and don’t be too quick to make decisions that will change your life. Learn and learn from everything that you do.