Women empowerment: Cape Town adds all-women road-repair team

Women empowerment: Cape Town adds all-women road-repair team

- City of Cape Town has added a 13th all-women road-repair team

- The initiative is aimed at empowering women

- It will also help the women apply for jobs, even in male-dominated fields

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The transport and urban development authority (TDA) of the City of Cape Town has added a 13th all-women road-repair team to its staffing complement.

The team's members, aged between 24 and 40, started with roadworks in Atlantis recently, Briefly.co.za gathered.

According to Brett Herron, the mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, the initiative is aimed at empowering women and helping them get jobs.

Some of the women added to the road-repair team. Source: City of Cape Town

Some of the women added to the road-repair team. Source: City of Cape Town

Women selected for the team receive skills training to enable them apply for jobs at the City's 18 roads depots.

The TDA's training academy, through its all-women programme, also aims to encourage women to participate in male-dominated career fields.

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The initiative is aimed at job creation and women empowerment. City of Cape Town

The initiative is aimed at job creation and women empowerment. City of Cape Town

In a statement, Herron said:

This project plays a multipurpose role. On the one hand, it addresses the under-representation of women in traditionally male-dominated careers, while on the other, it ensures the inclusion of the women in the economy, in particular in Atlantis where the unemployment rate is high.
Some of the women who form part of the team are sole breadwinners and are bringing up their children on their own. Thus, this is a real opportunity for them to get a foot in the employment door in future.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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