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A women’s breakfast with Budget Mpumalangain Be Visible News
In celebration with national women’s month, Budget Mpumalanga decided to spoil the ladies of their suppliers and loyal customers to an all women’s breakfast. The breakfast was held at the beautiful and luxurious Oliver’s restaurant just outside of White River. This famous restaurant is known for its delicious food and homely atmosphere. Two ladies from Be Visible was invited to join this marvelous breakfast.
Arriving at Oliver’s on Friday morning, 8 August we were greeted by a late winter’s morning, fresh air and a beautiful garden that leads up to the heavy wooden doors of Oliver’s. There we were met by the hostess of the restaurant, Tania and seated in a sunny corner at a beautifully decorated table. Each placing had a quote only women will understand, a beautiful tin containing soap and Budget Mpumalanga business cards from the ladies of Budget Mpumalanga. The waitress offered freshly brewed coffee while were waiting on the rest of the table to fill in.
Soon everyone was seated, coffee ordered and Yvette Holtzhausen, the operations manager of Budget Mpumalanga welcomed all the ladies at the breakfast. She went on to tell us a bit more about where Women’s Day originated from and also informed us on how operations at Budget Mpumalanga work. She then introduced us to the other lovely ladies of Budget. After the welcoming speech and another cup of coffee, we were treated to a fresh fruit platter with yogurt and muesli. All the ladies present engaged in lively conversation about life, work and their families. The second course consisted of eggs, mushrooms, and a choice between bacon or beef sausages. A lovely platter of cold meat, cheese, smoked trout as well as some fresh toast was also available. Oliver’s food is really one for the books and not many people seem to know about this hidden treasure in the Lowveld.
After the wonderful breakfast another round of coffee, juice and tea was served with fresh croissants and a selection of jams and marmalade. By now it was late morning and we simply did not want to leave the enjoyable company of the women around us. We’ve met wonderful women from banking institutes, panelbeaters and other industries. It was amazing to think that how girls do “rule the world” when it comes to hard work and professionalism.
It was a well-deserved morning outing for all the ladies presentwhere we learned more about each other and the incident in our country’s history that led to women being given a true voice.
In 1956 approximately 20 000 women from all over the country took part in a protest march in Pretoria against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry a ‘pass’. Many women, who carried children on their backs, took part in this peaceful march to the Union Buildings. After bundles of petitions which contained more than 100 000 signatures were delivered to the Prime Minister J.G Strijdom’s office, they stood in silence for thirty minutes. National Women’s day is both a reminder of the great women who helped to write South Africa’s history and the trailblazing women who continued to lead the country forward. International women’s day is celebrated on 8 March annually as well.
We left soon after our croissants and coffee because duty was calling, but we left with a smile in our hearts and the sense of a wonderful morning spent with some great people. The talk around the table about children was also a reminder that because of great women who helpto shape the country, future generations are given theopportunity to a better life.
A sincere thank you to Budget Mpumalanga who invited us to this breakfast and for their generous hospitality, as well as to Oliver’s for the delicious food and fantastic service. Make sure you visit their website to view their great services on offer.
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