Dr Jane Olwoch, MD SANSA Earth Observation and Ms Nomnikelo
Bongoza, Customer Relations Representative were at the Launch of MET MBOKODO UNITE
The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, officially launched MET Mbokodo Unite; a networking and mentorship programme for women in meteorology and related sciences, in Pretoria on the 22nd August 2015.
The programme was developed by the South African Weather Service (SAWS), a state-owned entity reporting to the Department of Environmental Affairs. The launch takes place during the commemoration of Women’s Month in August, under the pertinent theme of, “Women United in Moving South Africa Forward.”
Speaking at the launch which took place in Pretoria, Minister Molewa mentioned that this mentorship programme comes at an opportune time when issues pertaining to gender mainstreaming and women empowerment are at the forefront of the national agenda. “The National Environmental Management Act makes it clear that the vital role of women and youth in environmental management and development must be recognised and their full participation must be promoted,” said Molewa.