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Opportunities for women at Transnet Port Terminals

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) strives to ensure a fair and equitable gender representation at the organisation.

As such TPT are investing in programmes that cater for both technical and non-technical skills for women thus building a diverse succession pipeline of leaders.

The national women developmental agenda has seen TPT spend in excess of R130 million in programmes over the past three years, a means of making certain that senior positions have competent women across its operations. This covered programmes locally as well as the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern regions.

This year saw an intake of 19 women employees who will participate in the programme over the next two years.

To qualify all recipients undergo a rigorous selection process that entails psychometric assessments, rounds of interviews and ensuring that they have a clean absenteeism and discipline record within the business. Over and above all these criteria, recipients must also be innovative and have a solution-driven mindset that is compliant with a safety culture.

One of the key success pillars of the programme is the mentorship that recipients receive from executive leaders within TPT.

TPT’s Acting General Manager for Human Resources, Brenda Magqwaka, said the inclusion of women in decision-making positions, especially in the maritime logistics industry, offered a unique skills set that could potentially solve current challenges.

“In any scenario, if there is a shortage of supply and increasing demand – it becomes key to establish competency and this we do through upskilling. Women colleagues are also exposed to leadership and behaviour coaches who allow them to face their greatest fears without judgement and also allow them to implement bespoke strategies and action plans while ensuring that skills they acquire remain relevant and transferable,” said Magqwaka.

She added that opportunities in the world abounded, the blue economy was taking off in South Africa and there was enough of the pie for everyone – men, women and the girl child.

TPT boasts women representation throughout its operations and this is most visible in its Executive Committee, which is made up of more than 50% women.

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