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Minister Edna Molewa launches MET Mbokodo Unite

22 August 2015

 

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 today.

The programme was developed by the South African Weather Service, 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 earlier today 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.

The MET Mbokodo Unite Project aims to attract young women into the sector through targeted outreach programmes and mentorship. Another objective is the retention of women in the sector through creating an enabling environment through the networking programme as well as engagement of women in weather-sensitive industries (e.g. agriculture) and targeting education and awareness programmes in this regard.

Speaking on the role of meteorologyin the economic growth of the country, SAWS CEO Linda Makuleni reiterated that the development of programmes which talk to the introduction of women into meteorology and related sciencescontributes toward bridging the skills gaps and truly ensuring that women are mainstreamed as active participants in the country’s economy. This sentiment was echoed by the South African National Space Agency’s (SANSA) Jane Olwoch who mentioned that, “investing in the development of women in science related fields plays an integral role towards realising the National Development Plan as it relates to the sector.”

The launch concluded with a panel discussion with female captains of the industry including SAWS CEO Dr Linda Makuleni, Managing Director of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) Environmental Observation, Dr. Jane Olwoch and SAWS female forecaster, Phemelo Moloabi.

As its first task, MET Mbokodo Unite will formalise the programmes mentorship programmefor women in meteorology and relates sciences as a concrete step towards addressing the sectors skills challenge.

For Minister Molewa’ speech, click on the link below:

>> Minister Edna Molewa’s speech at the South African Weather Service’s MET Mbokodo Unite Women’s Day function.

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