There is renewed hope and positive developments for women within the built environment to benefit the human settlements value chain. The Mpumalanga Department of Human Settlements made significant strides to develop and nurture aspiring businesswomen in the build sector.Hundreds attended the Women in Construction Symposium at Vezibuhle, Thembisile Hani Local Municipality on 30 August 2017 where opportunities with Human Settlements sector were presented.The session concluded the women’s month activities and also provided a platform where knowledge and, experiences of the building sector was shared.
The event drew interest from women organizations such as the South African Women in Construction (SAWIC), Women Empowerment and the Tribunal Board.
Speaking at the seminar, SAWIC’s Chairperson who is also an engineer by profession, Ms Nomhle Nyumba encouraged all women to dispel fears and begin to persuade their dreams in the competitive sector.
“This is one sector that demands all of you. Your time, determination and all that hard work could take. Seminars like this one must encourage us to motivate one another so that we may not lose our footing in the chase,” emphasized Nyumba.
The gathering was graced by MEC Speedy Mashilo who cautioned aspiring women to be vigilant in their work. “Do not fall prey of corrupt people offering to help at the prospect of gaining entry into their hard earned money”, he warned.
To ensure the possibility and intense participation of women in the build sector, the Department has taken a posture to allocate 30% of its overall budget to women, 10% to the youth and 2% to people with disabilities.