Capricorn District Municipality hosted the delegation from East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) which was led by Gender Links South Africa. The delegation was representing the Eastern African Sub-regional Support Initiative for the Advancement of Women (EASSI) which is a registered sub-regional civil society organization working in eight countries namely Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania. EASSI was born in 1996 after the Beijing Conference and has been mandated to monitor the commitments of Eastern African governments towards gender equality.
They aim of the visit was to learn from CDM on how it has been consistent in gender mainstreaming programmes and how issues relating to it are being managed in the institution.
CDM first entered the Gender Links competition in 2010 and in 2011 it was declared the Centre of Excellence in gender mainstreaming. In 2015 it was promoted to be a judge in the Gender Links Regional Summit. In the same year the municipality introduced its own summit which was aimed at gathering all organisations at the local level to come and share best practices.
CDM has been committed to creating a society in which people of all genders can participate equally and without restraint in every aspect of life. The municipality together with the East Africa delegation visited Tiang Maatla Sebayeng Home-Based Care in Solomondale. The Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) has been the winner under the leadership category of the District Gender Justice Awards for two years in succession . They also visited Khuseleka One Stop Centre in Polokwane welfare which is a center for victims of violence, crime, human trafficking and disaster. The delegation said they were very much happy for the visit and have learned a lot from CDM. The delegation was welcomed with warmth by the political leadership led by MMC for SEMS Cllr Jara Masubelele and Municipal Manager Ms Nokuthula Mazibuko.