Nationally, 564 000 people have been infected with the virus which has claimed 10 621 lives.
With all safety protocols observed the Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) held a women’s empowerment event to coincide with Women’s Day, marked on Sunday August 9, and Women’s Month.
On Friday August 7, a group of women from informal settlements around the Schaapkraal-based organisation, including Jabula, Knowles Park, Egoli and Freedom Park, attended the event, which had a women’s health awareness theme.
Guest speaker Sister Susan September from Compassion in Action, an NPO committed to providing community and health care services through caregivers, addressed the women and covered topics including family planning, substance abuse, Covid-19 and pap smears.
The workshop was aimed at women of all ages.
The women were referred to the Lotus River Community Health Centre for health screenings.
CAFDA general manager Peter Cato said it was an honour to host the group of women.
“Women obviously play an important role not only in our organisation but also in communities. Many times you will find that women are the ones who lead the way in their communities. We felt we wanted to celebrate the role that women play in all spheres,” said Mr Cato.