Transport for Cape Town, the City’s transport authority, received the Most Innovative Women Training Programme Award at the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards ceremony in Gallagher Estate in Midrand on 10 May 2016.
The City, over the past 12 months, established four all-female road repair teams based at TCT depots in Ndabeni, Fish Hoek, Heideveld and Kuils River as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) within TCT.
Thus far, up to 24 women have been trained to repair and do maintenance work on roads, footways and stormwater infrastructure in these areas.
The purpose of this programme is to empower women in the workplace by providing them with skills for technical and physical work that is generally associated with men.
With the skills and entrepreneurial abilities they develop during the 10-month employment period, these women will be better equipped to find placement in the permanent job market.
Berenice Andrews from the Ndabeni Team attended the awards ceremony last week. She chats to Mike Wills about their work.
She says she has been working there for nine months and thinks it is a much needed initiative.
Andrews says she is very happy working in construction and hopes to continue.
Usually a lot of guys comment...and say wow we didn't know women could do that— Berenice Andrews from the Ndabeni Female Road Repair Team
Most of the guys accept us.— Berenice Andrews from the Ndabeni Female Road Repair Team