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‘Govt investing in education to improve women’s lives’

President Zuma has urged banks to work with govt to grant women loans so they are able to better their lives.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma says the education and advancement of women remains government's priority.

He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the 1956 march against pass laws at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Thousands of people have gathered to celebrate the day.

Zuma urged banks to work with government to grant women loans, especially those in rural areas, so they are able to better their lives.

"We are investing in education more than before, so that we can use this instrument to improve the lives of women. We urge the private sector to come to the party, and provide loans to women as part of promoting economic development."

Zuma says the efforts of the women of 1956 have opened up a variety of opportunities for South African women today.

Earlier, the president also launched a memorial in the Pretoria CBD which honours the women of 1956.



The president says it is partly due to the women of 1956 that South Africans can now benefit from a democratic system.

"The struggle of women ushering in of freedom and democracy, so that services can be extended to all."

Today Zuma honoured Lillian Nngoyi, Helen Joseph, Rahima Moosa and Sophie de Bruyn who led the march of 1956.

Though de Bruyn is the only surviving leader, she was joined by 22 other participants of the march to celebrate 60 years since their iconic walk.

Stalwarts of the march say the fight for women's rights is not over.