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Local among finalists of Standard Bank Rising Stars

One of this year’s leading lights at the Standard Bank Rising Stars Awards hails from Saldanha.

Nomvana Marwanqana, a Technical Manager at Transnet Port Terminals’ Saldanha (TPT) operations, is one of four finalists.

Nominated by one of her fellow Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) colleagues, she has demonstrated qualities and attributes that encapsulate a Rising Star.

According to the awards’ organisers, a rising star is an individual who possesses amazing talent, tremendous capabilities and a tenacity that goes beyond technical and functional abilities.

The person does not need to be in management or hold a position of great authority. Rising Stars finalists would have had to demonstrate vision and the ability to create, showcase impressive communication and listening skills, be motivated and committed individuals, embody trust and ethics, and display team effectiveness and collaboration.

Marwanqana is no stranger to being recognised for her leadership prowess and talent within the workplace, having previously been nominated as a finalist at Transnet’s Group Awards for inspirational leadership.

She says: “TPT has been my sole employer since I started my apprenticeship with them in 2009, and the company has ever since played a very important role in my career development and moulding me into the person I am today.

“From the outset TPT has been supportive and appreciative of nurturing my talent — even providing me with various bursaries to study further, and this includes my latest qualification obtained from Stellenbosch University’s Business School. Everything I know I have learnt directly from this great organisation, and I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to it.”

While acknowledging the “pro women and youth” stance that TPT promotes within the company, Nomvana also acknowledges that for her to have moved forward and reached her ambitious goals it was up to her to grab the opportunities offered to her with both hands.

“Working in the male-dominated engineering industry has definitely brought with it various challenges, which I have had to overcome,” she said. “But I believe that if you are able to visualise your end goal and be resilient in your approach to the obstacles that come your way, the sky is the limit.

Having grown up in George and attended Thembalethu High School, just being recognised as one of the top 5 at the Rising Star Awards in itself makes Marwanqana feel like a winner. “I am truly honoured and grateful for being recognised as possessing the qualities this competition promotes,” she said.

Industries have been challenged with the recognition and retention of talent in the workplace. In order to build a strong, motivated workforce, the SA Rising Stars programme, with dedicated sponsors, has embarked on a giant leap in recognising talented individuals by introducing the Rising Star Awards.

TPT’s management team has commended Marwanqana on her remarkable achievement so far and wishes her well in the final leg of the competition.

“Nomvana has been involved in our women and youth training and development programmes,” exclaimed TPT Saldanha Senior Engineer, Carols Engelsman,

“These have equipped her with the relevant skills and knowledge needed to be a great leader and expert in her field. Our training programmes are also a strategic intervention as far as turning the tide against certain jobs and roles that were traditionally reserved only for men — for instance, with women acquiring skills in technical roles like in terminal operations.

“We are thrilled for Nomvana and all she has achieved to date as a result of her hard work and determination. As TPT we are proud to be acknowledged as part of her inspiring career journey and wish her all the best for the upcoming awards dinner and announcement of who will be the 2018 winner.”

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