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A Tribute to Resilience and Strength: National Women’s Day South Africa

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Each year, South Africans observe National Women’s Day on August 9th. While this may be one of the holidays that isn’t celebrated elsewhere in the world, its importance in South Africa is deeply rooted in a historic demonstration of courage and resilience. 

In this blog post, we delve into the poignant history behind National Women’s Day, understand its significance in the present day, and shine a spotlight on the incredible women of SweepSouth.

The Origins of National Women’s Day

National Women’s Day commemorates a pivotal event in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle. On August 9, 1956, approximately 20,000 women of all races marched to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to protest against the pass laws that restricted the movement of black people in the country.

These brave women, armed with petitions bearing more than 100,000 signatures, stood in silence for thirty minutes and then started singing a protest song that was composed for the occasion: “Wathint’ Abafazi Wathint’ imbokodo!” which translates to “You strike a woman, you strike a rock”.

Why We Celebrate National Women’s Day

This powerful demonstration showed the strength and unity of South African women. These women played a pivotal role in the country’s struggle for freedom. National Women’s Day thus serves as a stark reminder of women’s contribution to the liberation of South Africa.
Moreover, it’s a day to recognise the ongoing fight for gender equality. While great strides have been made since 1956, many challenges persist. By celebrating National Women’s Day, we take the opportunity to reflect on these issues, celebrate the progress made, and highlight the work still to be done.

Celebrating the Incredible Women of SweepSouth

At SweepSouth, we believe that every day should at least have a small touch of Women’s Day. Our platform thrives because of the remarkable women we work with – from our dedicated staff to the hardworking SweepStars who grace our platform with their beauty and diligence. Each and every one of the incredible women that play an invaluable role at SweepSouth are the backbone of our operations, bringing their passion and expertise to every task they undertake.

The SweepStars, in particular, are extraordinary women who continuously inspire us with their work ethic and resilience. Their commitment to providing top-tier cleaning services to households across South Africa is unparalleled. We value and appreciate each one of them for their contribution to our platform, as they are an integral part of making SweepSouth South Africa’s #1 home services platform.


As we celebrate National Women’s Day, let us remember and honour the women of 1956, and continue to support and uplift the incredible women in our lives today. Whether it’s by expressing our gratitude to the women around us or by supporting businesses and platforms like SweepSouth that are committed to empowering women, every action makes a difference.

And, if you’d like to take a break from your household chores and enjoy this day to its fullest, why not book a SweepSouth cleaning service? Let the brilliant SweepStars take care of your home while you take the time to celebrate the women in your life. The whole team at SweepSouth would like to wish the nation a Happy National Women’s Day, as we extend our hand of gratitude to the incredible women who, without, our lives would certainly not be the same!

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