“#My Body is not my Cv”

While most were celebrating love, the community of Carolina, a small town situated on the Johannesburg to Swaziland route (R33 and R38) in Mpumalanga, came together to march against Gender Based Violence. Carolina EBT (Employment, Business, Training Centre) and LGBTIQ+ (“lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, asexual) led the black and red themed march which was a symbolic reminder of the thin line between love and hate in abusive relationships.

The march was also a platform to address the inclusion of women and LGBTIQ+ in the mining sector, memorandums were delivered to the magistrate and station commander, as well as the mining houses around Carolina.

Although the primary focus was on women abuse, the LGBTIQ+ community shares the same horrific treatment as women. Corrective Rape is a term used to describe one of the many ways that perpetrators humiliate and abuse victims by raping them so they can change their sexuality.

The success of the march can be accredited to Ms Fortunate Shongwe who is the founder of Carolina EBT, she has been in the fore front of improving the community of Carolina. The organization was founded in 2015, as a response to the uprising caused by unemployment, Carolina EBT became an official representative of the community, with a seat at the Mining Forum and the LED Forum of Chief Albert Luthuli. Ms Shongwe is an advocate of skills development and employment, with over 500 people permanently employed by the mines and 1000 more in temporary positions, including bursaries for learners to further their studies, the efforts of Carolina EBT has proven to be beneficial to the community as a whole.

The Carolina EBT mandate moving forward will be aimed at opening up opportunities for local black businesses within the mining space, this initiative will cultivate the economic growth of Carolina.

Other future projects will include a partnership with Womandla which will be branch of Carolina EBT that will see to the compliance of mines to allocate 15% of its spends to Women as stated in the 2018 mining charter.

To find out more about Carolina EBT, visit www.carolinaebt.co.za or find them on Facebook