Entering a male dominated space as a female can be quite daunting and difficult, because you constantly have to prove that you belong. Pamela Ndlovu (27), rose above all those expectations and created her own path.
Growing up in Pietermaritzburg, Pamela was raised by a single mother who played the role of being both a mother and father to her. Growing up she did not consider herself a person who was born with hardworking skills.
“I don’t consider myself a person who was born a hard worker, it was installed in me by being taught how to be responsible at a young age”.
Pamela grew up looking up to her mother who singlehandedly raised her and her siblings.
“She reminds me all the time that she will not always be here therefore, I should use this opportunity to work hard while she is still alive.
After finishing high school Pamela, already knew that her passion was in Construction and Engineering so she decided to further her studies at UMgungundlovu FET College majoring in Civil Engineering.
Since then she has established her own company ONH PROJECTS. The company is solely black female owned business that specialises in manufacturing concrete blocks.
“I chose this particular business because I have a strong passion for construction and engineering also, fields like these are male dominated and I knew that being in such a space can encourage other young woman to feel empowered and grab such opportunities because jobs in other fields have become scarce, ” she said.
As a female, Pamela has had her fair share of challenges such as being undermined and discouraged by her male counterparts, but she has not let that stop her instead it pushes her to do even better.
” I know my story and I don’t need any validation from men, I just lift my head up, fix my own crown and focus because my goals are more important than how others measure my capabilities,” said Pamela.
Pamela explains that she has very big plans and goals for her company, and she believes her future looks brighter from where she is standing.
Picture: Pamela Ndlovu