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Charlotte Maxeke Week Programme

Born on 7 April 1871 Mme Charlotte would have been 148 years old in 2019. Her story and life resonate and remain relevant to the challenges our country still faces today.

Join us in celebrating her legacy during the annual Charlotte Maxeke Week.

Thursday 4 April 2019

08h00 – 13h00: House and gravesite visit
Venue: Charlotte Maxeke’s House

Friday 5 April 2019

148 seeds for 148 years of planting seeds of hope in light of Charlotte Maxeke

09h00 – 11h00: Tutorial on sustainable planting and gardening
Venue: Charlotte Maxeke Secondary School in Evaton

12h00 – 14h00: Tutorial on sustainable planting and gardening
Venue: Esincedeni Elderly Centre in Freedom Park

Saturday 6 April 2019

148 walk for 148 years of Charlotte Maxeke

09h00 – 11h00: Join the 6,5km presidential walk in honour of two female struggle icons. The walk begins at the Kliptown house of Charlotte Maxeke – the first president and the founder of Bantu Women’s League (later African National Congress Women’s League). It ends at Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s house in Orlando West (former President of the ANC Women’s League).

Saturday 6 April 2019 (continued)

13h00 – 15h00: Bring Her Up Programme – School Debate and Essay competition for High Schools
Venue: Students from Hammanskraal, Kliptown, Freedom Park (Soweto), Chief Luthuli Township (Daveyton) and the Maxeke Secondary School in Evaton.

Debate & Essay Topic: “If you can rise bring someone with you” Is this statement by Charlotte Maxeke still relevant today? Critically analyse it and indicate how it can benefit your community to curb the challenges of drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy, violence and bullying and many other social ills faced by our communities.The Bring Her Up programme will close with sanitary towels being distributed at the schools.

Sunday 7 April 2019

13h00 – 15h00: Distribution of baby hampers to babies born on 7 April.
Venue: Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, Jubilee Road in Parktown

17h00 – 20h00: Memorial lecture by internationally acclaimed South African entrepreneur and business woman Dr Anna Mokgokong
Venue: Little Theatre, UNISA, Pretoria

For more information please contact:

Lungi Makhanya
Tel: 081 302 0016 or

Ntosh Ntlokwana
Tel: 073 632 8969 or

Join the movement to help others rise up – started many years ago by Mme Charlotte Manya-Maxeke and being carried forward by fellow pioneering and visionary South African women.

Their stories do not end here…

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