Meet the Limpopo woman cementing herself in the male-dominated construction industry

Hlayisani Sono.
Hlayisani Sono.
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When Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi called on women to take up space and cement themselves in society, this Limpopo-based builder was already doing just that.

Hlayisani Sono, a passionate builder believes there’s no better time like the present for women to follow whatever dreams they have, even if those dreams place them in male-dominated industries.

Hlayisani Sono
Hlayisani Sono at a construction site.

Known affectionately as Mhani Buildara, the 30-year-old took up a career in construction back in 2018 three years after her mother’s passing.

She tells Move! construction was not her first choice but something she’s had to do after becoming the sole provider for both her daughter and younger sister. “After the death of my mom I struggled to get a job but I never gave up because I am a hard worker. That’s when I found myself getting into the construction space,” she said.

Although she has a registered construction company, Hlayisani decided to subject herself to a three-year apprenticeship under renowned industry players in the industry.

“I’ve been learning the ropes and I hope when my time comes to step up I will be a force to be reckoned with,” said Hlayisani.

She shares her journey in her social media platforms leaving many in awe of both her talents and drive.

When asked where she sees herself in the near future, Hlayisani said she wanted to be a successful businesswoman with operations across the country.

“One day I will be a billionaire, I just wish my mother was still alive to witness all the things I’m doing,” she added.

To young women planning their future career moves, Hlayisani believes the path less travelled yields more rewards. “Don’t undermine your capabilities and never feel intimidated. Instead stay the course and you will earn your respect and recognition,” she said.