South Africa Celebrates National Women’s Day

Published on Friday, 11 August 2017

“National Women's Day was instituted in 1994, following the victory of Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress in the elections, which ended the apartheid regime.”

In 1945, there were no women engineers in South Africa. In this regard, giant leaps forward have been made in the twenty-first century, but there is still a clear disparity in the industry. This is a challenge that Enel Green Power South Africa (EGP RSA) has tackled with great dedication since its foundation, carrying out activities and initiatives aimed at closing this gap and at improving the role of women in the engineering field.

For Women’s Month, which is celebrated in August throughout South Africa, EGP RSA spoke with some female colleagues who are committed to introducing the world of engineering to other young women.

“We listened to the stories of Kunzang Jagannath (Project Planner and Cost Control), Nombulelo Mketi (Grid Connection Specialist), Mantwa Mathebula (Permitting Manager) and Boiketlo Rapoo (Head of the Local Control Room).”

Kunzang, an electrical engineer with ten years of experience, prefers that a person’s work speak for itself, regardless of gender: “With technology that’s advancing every day, it’s exciting to explore the new worlds of engineering and innovation". Nombulelo, a Grid Connection Specialist with 15 years of experience, says she’s built her career on trust. She has invested a lot of time in research and study in the industry, which has allowed her to fit in perfectly into a world that is still male dominated.

Mantwa has a Bachelor in Science (BSc) in Zoology. She now says she’s part of a global company that has given her the chance to explore every area of her profession. "Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, because questions and learning are an integral part of every improvement”. Boiketlo, head of the local Control Room, is responsible for monitoring the systems of the Sandton head office. Her role model is Mary Jackson, famous for becoming the first female African American engineer at NASA in 1958.