Statistics indicate that South African women in the construction industries are certainly an occupational minority, however in a male dominated industry, women only account an astonishing 25%, while the global rate is only at a shocking growth of 2.3%. which is no surprise as the construction industry has been overwhelmingly male-dominated for years, known for discriminations against women in the industry.
Despite the barriers that exist within the construction industry, Women have been making a significant shift. There are an astonishing number of female construction workers as well as female lead professionals within the industry, who have overcome these challenges and are advancing in the construction industry in a big way. One of the females turning heads and breaking barriers is Theresa Cupido, known for diversifying the construction sector and making room for others as well. The Western Cape businesswoman is the owner and CEO of a road marking and civil engineering company called ATN Group, based in Stikland, Cape Town, offers local, regional and national services of civil work operations such as upgrading all types of roads interchanges, bridges, substations, infrastructure and landscaping upgrades.
The Women in Construction Awards (WICA), has also raised bars after announcing 40 finalists in eight categories that cater for female contribution across the broad within the construction industry spectrum. Kurani Naidoo, whose one of the selected nominees, in the category of Woman in Architecture Awards (sponsored by SAIA) – which recognizes women who are excelling in the architectural industry, Kurani has led CNN Architects, which is a Durban based architectural practice firm. Looking back, she has 26 years of experience in managing and practising in the contribution of building in South Africa, where she has successfully completed many projects that have contributed a major impact on building communities in the post-apartheid South Africa.
Nadia Tromp another finalist within the same category, has worked at some of the most prestigious architectural firms in South Africa, her company Nstika Architects, is one of the companies that deserves a mention, given the fact that it is one of the few black-owned female firms in the country, which is committed to constructing and redesigning buildings in the aim of improving the quality of sustainable architectural environments.
Ntsika Architects has attained several models of Excellency and has transformed the quality of designing buildings. These awards highlight an incline of women in the Construction industry, and unveils an incredible history of the growth of female professionals in the construction industry, in addition, this is evident that women are breaking barriers and their contributions are significantly effective.
This is a remarkable milestone that fulfils the reality of creating role models for other upcoming potential female leaders as well as making construction industries more enticing for women. What a way forward the greatest is still yet to come.