Women call the shots on the road

2015-12-08 06:00
 Fish Hoek’s all-women road maintenance team includes six women from Ocean View and Masiphumelele. They are, from left, Nelnishia Constant, Vuyokazi Dickson, Olwethu Vena, Nomapelu Frank, Anna Martin and Kindness Ndyalvan.  PHOTO: city of cape town

Fish Hoek’s all-women road maintenance team includes six women from Ocean View and Masiphumelele. They are, from left, Nelnishia Constant, Vuyokazi Dickson, Olwethu Vena, Nomapelu Frank, Anna Martin and Kindness Ndyalvan. PHOTO: city of cape town

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An all-women team has been appointed to do maintenance work on roads, footways and stormwater pipes in the Southern Peninsula.

The roads repair team is based at the Transport for Cape Town (TCT) depot in Fish Hoek and has been appointed as part of the City’s EPWP employment programme to repair and do maintenance work in Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Cape Point and Noordhoek.

Half of the team members are from Ocean View and Masiphumelele: Anna Martin (46), Frank Nomapelu (26), Kindness Ndyalvan (37), Nelnishia Constant (26), Olwethu Vena (21) and Vuyokazi Dickson (30).

The 12 women are the pioneers of a long-term process whereby the City of Cape Town is tackling gender transformation and the empowerment of women in the workplace, says Brett Herron, mayoral committee member for transport.

“I am confident that this project will assist us over time in changing perceptions about the type of work women can do,” he says.

The City has budgeted about R300 000 to get the team in Fish Hoek going, Herron says.

“A female project leader from the TCT Training Academy has been assigned to support the team and to provide guidance until the end of June next year,” he says.

Fish Hoek has been chosen as the ideal environment for launching this pilot project in the Southern Peninsula in terms of the infrastructure, training, support and resources needed to ensure that the women-only team succeeds, Herron says.

“Even though the women will not be employed permanently, they will be empowered to enter the job market given the technical exposure and the experience they have gained in drafting a quality CV, efficiency in interview skills and selling their interpersonal skills to add value in the workplace. They will therefore be empowered to apply for permanent work or even start their own business,” he says.

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