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Women in Construction

Women surge ahead in technical fields, defying traditions

25th August 2023 Women are increasingly finding their way into engineering, scientific and other professional careers in industry, with less prejudice in traditionally male sectors such as mining; but how can organisations retain and advance women in their ranks? Speaking during Women’s Month, three professionals... 

BVI - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Farah Bawa - Civil Engineer Farah Bawa works as a project leader in the civil services department at BVi Consulting Engineers. Born on  4 December 1992 in Cape Town, she focuses mainly on township development, specialising in designing and constructing critical civil infrastructure, including... 

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CFAO Equipment - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 As a female, being in the material handling industry requires strength, determination, and tenacity. We work in a highly technical field that can be intimidating to females who are not familiar with the environment.  

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Colossal Concrete Products - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Gwen Mahuma-Madida – Chief Executive Officer Gwen Mahuma-Madida is owner of Mahuma Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd (MIH), an investment company with interests in the steel and Infrastructure sectors. 

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Atlas Copco: Home of Industrial Ideas

25th August 2023 Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Atlas Copco is a global, industrial company with approximately 43 000 employees and customers in more than 180 countries. Atlas Copco focusses on four main business areas, namely: 

Atlas Copco: Home of Industrial Ideas

Fluor - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 HSE Director Charleen Kruger is a respected long-term employee of Fluor in South Africa, an American multinational engineering, procurement and construction firm. Kruger is responsible for managing health, safety & environmental (HSE) for the Africa region. Her levels of responsibility include... 

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CSIR’s wonderful water women

25th August 2023 Dr Yolanda Tancu  –  Senior Researcher Dr Yolanda Tancu, armed with a PhD in analytical chemistry from Rhodes University, seamlessly marries her academic expertise with her role as a water scientist. Focusing on emerging water contaminants and their impacts on water systems, Tancu’s journey is a... 

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Investec - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Diane Frey Position: Investec For Business Account Executive  Date of birth: 29 May, Johannesburg Education: Bachelor of Commerce, University of the Witwatersrand Management style: I lead by example and assist the team in achieving their goals by facilitating effective communication,... 

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Lesedi Nuclear Services - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Sipokazi Luzipo Khoza Lesedi Nuclear Services electrical engineer Sipokazi Luzipo Khoza is a shining example of determination and ambition. Born on October 12, 1992, in the small Eastern Cape town of Butterworth, Khoza’s journey is one of perseverance and excellence. 

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Liberty Two Degrees - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Yongie Ntene Position: Chief People & Culture Officer Personal best achievement: I have done my best in consciously and deliberately raising my children to be kind. Our world can do with a whole lot of kindness. Person I would like to meet the most? Shonda Rhimes - she has an ability to evoke my... 

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Nissan - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Mamokhele Sebatane - Nissan South Africa Communication Coordinator and Digital Communications Specialist Date and place of birth:  4 July 1988, in Bloemfontein, South Africa Education: As an undergraduate, I obtained a degree in Politics, International Relations and Sociology from Rhodes... 

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Nmisa - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Dr Nwabisa Takata Scientist at the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) under the Chemical, Material and Medical Metrology division. Main activity of company: The main activity of NMISA is to keep, develop, maintain and disseminate the National Measurement Standards. It serves as... 

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Columbus Stainless - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Bokamosho Khechane Position: Technician at Cold Products (VBA & SP2) Date and Place of Birth: 17 April in Soweto Education: I studied Operations Management and ventured into Quality Management at the University of Johannesburg.  Management style: Democratic leadership style. I believe that the... 

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Stewarts & Lloyds - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Carol Lloyd - Branch Manager – Pipes & Fittings and Excom Member Your career journey – where did you start, how did you decide to work in this industry? I initially accepted a part time opportunity to do bookkeeping for a steel pipe fabricator over 30 years ago, which became a permanent position... 

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Talbot - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Women in water From the boardroom and the laboratory to the plant’s cutting edge, women are redefining how big industry manages its water resources. This Women’s Month, we introduce four members of the Talbot team who are helping industrial clients look beyond the surface to make the transition... 

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Notefull Engineering - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Bongiwe Nkosi Position: Welder Personal best achievement: Having the opportunity to work at Notefull Engineering has been transformative. It has enabled me to achieve personal milestones such as building a house, purchasing a car, and ensuring my children receive a quality education. Education:... 

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Provider urges women to try coding

By: Lynne Davies     25th August 2023 Women are not often exposed to coding from an early age, states local delivery management software provider Loop founder and CEO Kimberly Taylor. “The more women see how fun and exciting the information technology (IT) sector can be, the more they will be encouraged to enter the space.” 

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KIMBERLY TAYLOR Women already possess everything they need to enter the industry; women often undersell their strengths and abilities

Firm seeks to change narrative in energy sector

By: Lynne Davies     25th August 2023 Renewable-energy resources provider DLO Energy Resources Group aims to set the tone for women of colour by providing opportunities for them and by demonstrating that it is possible for them to participate on an operational level in renewable-energy transactions. “People need to see themselves... 

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LINDA MABHENA-OLAGUNJU People need to see themselves represented in spaces where they do not normally see people who look like them

Building bridges: Fashioning a future for women in construction and engineering law

25th August 2023 Krevania Pillay is a Senior Associate in the Construction & Engineering sector at leading corporate and commercial law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH). In 2023, Pillay was recognised as a recommended lawyer by the Legal 500, EMEA, for construction and engineering. In this article, she unpacks... 

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Women crucial to growth, innovation

25th August 2023 South Africa's National Women’s Day, commemorated yearly on August 9, celebrates women’s achievements, raising awareness on the challenges women face, and determining ways of achieving gender equality in South Africa, notes private limited entity specialising in renewable energy, manufacturing,... 

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PULANE MASHAU Commet Group supplies basic solar systems to power the entire household and provide energy for lighting, televisions, refrigerators, as well as cell phone and laptop charging

Understand your design obligations and address risk in NEC contracts

25th August 2023 There has been an increase in the use of the New Engineering Contract (NEC) in mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. The NEC, which has been in use for over 30 years, provides a choice of procurement strategies, several pricing options, design input and the allocation of risk. On the face of... 

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TAKRAF South Africa’s Women in Mining: Anything is Possible

25th August 2023 When asked what advice to give to young women looking to enter mining, TAKRAF South Africa’s Rena Odhav urged, “If you want to attain long lasting success, what matters is not a title but your character. Continuously improve yourself and always keep in mind that life is full of challenges and... 

Back row (l to r): Rianti Gouws; Evah Malatse; Merlie Oschmann; Rose Maile; Heidi Strydom; Juliana Ndisengei; Sphile Mokoena; Michelle Prinsloo; and Louise Kriel. Front row (l to r): Lindiwe Mthembu; Corné Jordaan; Shoki Moetlo; Zandile Mthunzi; Liz Agrela; and Linn Boyd.
Back row (l to r): Rianti Gouws; Evah Malatse; Merlie Oschmann; Rose Maile; Heidi Strydom; Juliana Ndisengei; Sphile Mokoena; Michelle Prinsloo; and Louise Kriel. Front row (l to r): Lindiwe Mthembu; Corné Jordaan; Shoki Moetlo; Zandile Mthunzi; Liz Agrela; and Linn Boyd.

Ex-SANDF captain becomes solar panel plant manager

25th August 2023 Sustainable energy products developer Ener-G-Africa’s (EGA’s) latest all-women-led and -staffed solar manufacturing facility is a first-of-its-kind, as it is the only small solar panel plant to be certified by accredited inspection authority Tüv Rheinland South Africa. The 800 m² plant... 

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RENE SALMON Today there are six women that make up the nucleus of the Cape Town plant’s solar department, and they provide most of the training to new workers

Tech firm supports youth development

By: Lynne Davies     25th August 2023 Global technology service provider Logicalis is focusing on skills development and providing opportunities for historically disadvantaged women to assist with their integration into the information technology (IT) industry. Global technology service provider Logicalis provides support to those... 

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PATRICIA ADAMS Success is not measured by the position that you hold but in overcoming

Forestry nonprofit launches videos

25th August 2023 Non-profit forestry organisation, She Is Forestry SA, which promotes and uplifts women across the forest and forest product sector, launched a series of videos at their yearly Women in Forestry webinar on August 3 to encouraging girls to pursue careers in the industry. Its aim is to produce a... 

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GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES The videos showcase all the potential careers found within forestry and related industries

Actom - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Moreka Gomez Position and company name: Financial Manager of LH Marthinusen (Denver Branch) Main activity of company: Repairs and maintenance service of transformer, motors and fans Date and place of birth: 3 July 1982, Johannesburg Education: BCom Financial Management (Currently studying towards... 

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Envass - Women in Industry

25th August 2023 Shelley van Rensburg - Financial Manager Main Activity of Company: Optimisation and contribution of the development of the financial strategy and processes of the company, aligning financial decisions with the company’s long-term goals and objectives in order to facilitate informed... 

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Atlas Copco: Home of Industrial Ideas

26th August 2022 Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Atlas Copco is a global, industrial company with approximately 43 000 employees and customers in more than 180 countries. Atlas Copco focusses on four main business areas, namely: 

Atlas Copco: Home of Industrial Ideas

Lapp - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 VENESSA BOTHA - Head of Human Resources and Finance As a fully-fledged Global LAPP Subsidiary, LAPP Southern Africa is the only distribution and logistics entity in Africa selling cables, connectors and connectivity solutions for the automation industry. 

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MDA Attorneys - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Pack a powerful punch in construction law MDA Construction and Technology Attorneys ensures robust contract documentation, effective commercial support and efficient dispute management and resolution in construction projects. 

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RS Components - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Ayanda Kotobe Finance Director Education: Chartered Accountant – CA(SA). Studied BCom Accounting degree as well as BCom Accounting (Honours) at the University of Johannesburg. 

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Santam - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Financial services company Santam’s leading construction and engineering underwriting manager, Mirabilis, operates in an industry historically dominated by men. However, its office is efficiently run by professional women 

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Talbot - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Helen Hulett Role: New business director 

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Wärtsilä - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Feroza Cassim - MD South Africa Main activity of company: Wärtsilä in South Africa services both marine and energy customers to ensure reliable performance of their power plant and marine installations. 

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Workforce Staffing - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Brenda Schietekat Executive PA to Managing Executive - Staffing and Outsourcing Cluster, Workforce Holdings With a 25-year-long history with the company, Brenda’s journey through Workforce Staffing is truly exemplary. Workforce Staffing is a market leader in staffing and recruitment solutions.... 

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Workforce Staffing - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Vanessa Chutrugon National Finance Director - Workforce Staffing Vanessa is the National Finance Director for Workforce Staffing, a market leader in staffing and recruitment solutions. Vanessa has helped transform Workforce Staffing’s traditional financial avenues into a strategic powerhouse that... 

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Nissan - Women in Industry

26th August 2022 Lucie Barry-Tannous - CEO: Nissan Côte d’Ivoire ATC Date of birth: 5 July, Germany Education: I went to university in Morocco where I did the first of my two master’s degrees in Economic Development and went to work for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mali. I went back to... 

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AfriSam - She makes a difference

26th August 2022 With people being at the centre of our value system, we take great pride in sharing some of our remarkable women with you. Boldly making a difference in our business with commitment, passion and empathy. Women make our industry and world a better place. Thank you. Daphne Mhlanga, Cement Plant... 

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