Dlamini-Zuma's New Position

A giant step for African women

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Ever since the Department of Home Affairs was placed in the careful hands of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, service delivery - which was practically non-existent in all provinces, and which in many instances was the “first port of call” in order to live as a legal South African citizen, the department has improved its structures, and increased service delivery.

Congratulations are in order as Dlamini-Zuma takes on chairmanship of the African Union Commission, a position that she was voted into this past weekend. One of the one hand, it’s a loss for South Africa, but on the other hand, it sends an extremely powerful message to all women across the continent. 

Being the first female AU leader, provides much needed hope for all women who live in Africa where the majority of women still live in poverty and are unemployed. For the first time, a women leading the AU has the power to really make a significant difference to the lives of so many others on the continent.

Not only that, now that Dlamini-Zuma is in the power seat, the African continent’s exposure to her ability to affect positive change in the administrative running of the continent, will only bear good things for Africa. 

The African Union which functions as a body advocating peace and co-operation for the African countries – of which 54 African countries are members – has in the past seen many challenges such as healthcare, combating HIV/AIDS, political, economic education, climate change issues holding the continent back from much needed development. 

It can only be assumed that these challenges are not going to simply disappear, but with Dlamini-Zuma in the power seat, there is a good chance that the issues will be more easily addressed with sustainable solutions given. 

Added to this, investment into the continent is something for African countries to look forward to. Many international businesses fear investing or establishing businesses on the continent due to the issues mentioned earlier. 

There seems to be a good feeling about her appointment. With her appointment as the new chairperson for the AU, President Jacob Zuma can certainly place SA directly in the centre of all negotiations and trading alliances within SA and the African continent for the betterment of all the continent’s people. 

The bottom line is, if Dlamini-Zuma can turn the Department of Home Affairs into an establishment that is well run and effective, then there certainly is hope for the African continent. 
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