Nelisiwe's Canadian Adventure
"“A life-time experience for me, my first time travelling overseas and specifically representing my country.”"
IMAGE: Nelisiwe Nxumalo (second from right, front) listens attentively at the summer school in Canada in July.
NELISIWE NXUMALO, a process operator at Sezela, recently enjoyed what she describes as “a life-time experience for me, my first time travelling overseas and specifically representing my country.”
Nelisiwe is part of a group working on a five-year programme with the IUF (International Union of Food Workers) Global Sugar on women in the workplace - their issues and problems they face - and Health and Safety. She was nominated by IUF and CLC (Canadian Labour Congress) to attend as one of the International guests at the CLC Summer School to represent Southern African women and do the presentation on the programme to the CAW (Canadian Auto Workers), which are the funders of the different projects in different countries internationally. The Summer School, from 15-27 July, was held at Port Elgin in Canada.
“My presentation was mainly on the impact the whole project has had on us as Southern African women and how the laptops they gave us are helping us continue with the project and make communication easy,” Nelisiwe says. “There were representatives from countries like Bermuda, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, India, Togo and Zimbabwe. I also attended a Health and Safety Course and Instructor Training Course, and visited places in Canada like Niagara Falls and the CNN Tower.”