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Transnet out to create next generation of woman leaders through ‘take a girl to work day’

Transnet out to create next generation of woman leaders through ‘take a girl to work day’

A total of 40 girls from grades nine to twelve were treated to a day of insightful knowledge and what it takes to be employed at one of the country’s harbours, when state-owned parastatal Transnet opened the gates of the Ports of Port Elizabeth and Ngqura on Monday as part of Cell C’s ‘take a girl to work day’.

Initiated by the cellphone network in 2003 as way of providing girls from previously disadvantaged backgrounds with a first-hand experience of a particular working environment, the initiative has been supported by Transnet since its inception, with this year’s event taking place under the title “dream, believe and achieve”.

Split into groups of 20, the girls and their respective teachers, after being given a safety briefing, were taken to the manganese and container terminals at the respective plants and shown the procedures and requirements needed, as well as being encouraged to ask questions with the aim of creating interest and possible enrolment in the future.

“As Transnet, this initiative is one way of contributing to the development of future woman leaders in the maritime industry. The exposure we have therefore provided will hopefully assist them in making choices in terms of their careers,” Transnet Regional Corporate Affairs Manager, Sindie Ndwalaza, told RNEWS.

She said the parastatal’s commitment to the initiative each year is a clear indication that it is committed to bolstering the country’s economy, as the participants are seen as the future of the company.

“We have committed to give exposure to 20-40 kids in Port Elizabeth to our operations and business [as] it is important to plant the seed of business now, so that we can channel their energy towards the markets one day,” Ndwalaza said, adding that the employment of woman rates as a top priority for Transnet.

“We are taking woman empowerment very seriously; as such our executive leadership is almost 50% woman and we would like to see future leaders by inspiring and encouraging them through programmes like this initiative”.


CAPTION: Girls being shown the workings of the conveyer system at the Port of Port Elizabeth's manganese terminal as part of state-owned Transnet's participation in Cell C's "take a girl to work day" initiative.