Paving the way with women

2008-07-16 00:00

Women working at the Botanical gardens have just finished a three-week course in paving and curb-laying, and the skills they have learnt should equip them well to find work in the future.

The project has been running for over a year with the women being involved in the construction of a formal parking area, as well as the new entrance to the gardens.

Most of the 75 people originally hired to complete the project were women, with only the few who were most interested staying on to complete a formal certificate.

The project is funded by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and is run by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

The project is involved in the development of infrastructure in botanical gardens around the country.

Robert Ingles, the site manager, explained that the construction of the road would normally have been done by a contractor, but they hired and trained unemployed locals to complete the task instead.

He said he hopes that the skills the women have learnt will help them to find employment in the construction industry.

Charol-Nokuthula Mbanjwa, one of the pavers who has received a certificate, says that she has enjoyed the project and feels that it will help her greatly in the future.

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