WOMEN CONTINUE TO CLIMB LADDER
By: Andile Nxumalo
Women marched to the Union Building in 1956 with one vision in mind- to better the lives of other women by promoting the idea of female independence for generations to come.
Long before our country gained independence and gave birth to democracy, women were undermined and regarded as nothing more than a prescription to make a man’s life better and easier- not equal to a man and not as capable as a man. But now, only the sky is the limit for every woman that wishes to make their life a success.
Women like Pinky Majozi and Nokuthula Ngubane are, amongst many, examples that contradict the perception that opportunity is divided according to one’s sex.
In the work place, the division of work according to gender is now seen as a thing of the past because everyone has a right to equal opportunity and should be given the chance to prove themselves in whatever career field they choose.
Nokuthula Ngubane is a yard official at Transnet, and she has worked there for 7 years. She believes that if you love what you are doing, success is inevitable.
“Even though there are challenges here at work, the love for what I am doing kept me going even in the toughest conditions. I can’t deny the fact that sometimes the toughness of my work is more suited to a man’s physical strength, but I have been doing this for many years now. I’m used to it,” said Ngubane.
2014 marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, and everyone sings the same song of equity in all corners of the country.
Women are growing rapidly in industries that were known to be male dominated and they are flourishing in stereotypically male dominated positions.
Empowering women to take on such jobs has led to South Africa being ranked as one of the countries with the fastest growing economies in Africa, currently ranked the 29thfastest growing economy in the world.
Usually, finding a woman in the construction or mining industry leaves people with an uncomfortable expression.
Today, almost all companies promote women to come forward and revolutionalise the world of work by breaking down the barriers of all gender discrimination.
Women were confined to lighter tasks like domestic work, but nowadays women get equal chances to lead companies or even lead countries and even do hard labour such as construction work. Pinky Majozi is one of those women who defy that stereotype.
Majozi is a safety officer at Rapid Builders Construction. She is one of the few women found in this kind of industry.
“Knowing what I’m here for is one thing that is helping me survive in this industry. Most men would take advantage of you as the only woman they always see, but I have dealt with those kind of situations,” said Majozi.
South Africa is a developing country which accommodates all citizens who are willing to make it grow, regardless of their gender.