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It’s not a man’s world anymore


Women working on the construction site of Perdekraal East Wind Farm is doing so with flying colours, with women taking up a number of key roles in the team.

Qualified civil engineer, 36-year-old Kgalalelo Olivia Maduna from Mahikeng in North West Province started working in construction in 2007.

She is now the quality control inspector at the construction project site, enjoying the thrill of being part of a clean energy generation project and working to help transition the country to renewable power.

Addressing gender equality and her experience of working in male dominated teams, she says, “I have never felt threatened or disregarded and believe gender synergy is a strength that should be harnessed in the industry.”

Men and women in construction are like two hands that need each other, there are some things the right hand can’t do alone without the help of the left hand

“Men and women in construction are like two hands that need each other, there are some things the right hand can’t do alone without the help of the left hand,” added Maduna.

Aniqah Misbach, assistant project manager also encourages women to seriously consider construction and especially the renewable energy industry as a career option, as it offers remarkable opportunities.

“Don’t assume that this is only a career option for men. It allows opportunities to travel the country and across our border, as the technology is the same the world over, plus the renewable energy industry is growing at a fast pace due to countries transitioning away from coal to cleaner wind and solar options,” said Misbach.

Other members of the team include environmental site officer, Chandré Kok, economic development manager, Jo-Anne Brown and Leona Smith, the construction safety practitioner.

“Engineering and construction is a broad field, with many career opportunities for young girls, although it is not always an easy road when you are a mother or a wife because of the travel requirements,” said Maduna.

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