Heels In Construction – Women in Construction. The Construction industry is among the most male-dominated industries worldwide.
In South Africa, women seem to be well represented in the industry and continues to improve.
“One of the many myths told to women is that they must be rough and tough like a man to make it in the construction industry.
Over the years, women in the industry have proven that even with gentle nurturing attributes, we can still achieve what many deem as the unthinkable and not womanlike..
Executive Manager Support Services at National Construction Incubator, Yandi Jiya-Tiba giving her thoughts:
The percentage is a good representation and it would be more exciting if the 48% reflected here would be of women owning their own businesses.
Where as the 52% which is currently held by men be the total percentage of women in our industry.
The National Construction Incubator (NCI) is one of the country’s leading women-owned construction entities.
The NCI programs aim to support and pave the way for SMEs in the construction industry. Focusing strongly on female contractors and youth.
Further more “As a nation, we need to create developmental funding solutions that will cater for this segment of female entrepreneurs who endeavoured a challenging previously male-dominated sector.
Perhaps a solely owned women development organisation in construction could be the starting point for greatness, she added.
Proving that the quality of a person’s work has nothing to do with gender. This paves the way for the much-needed equality and recognition in the workplace.
In closing, Chalwa said her former mentor once said, when you want to talk about work surround yourself with men. But when you want to get work done, get women to do the job.
Within the NCI, the latter phenomenon has proved to be true.
Women are needed in the country’s construction to turn the economy around.
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