- Maria Dumekude started off as a cleaner at Golden Arrow bus company 16 years ago
- She made her way up and is now a bus mechanic
- Being in a male-dominated industry doesn't faze her and she aims to earn her place in the company's boardroom
A determined single mom in Cape Town made her way up from being a cleaner and is now a top mechanic at Golden Arrow bus company.
45-year-old Maria Dumekude first joined Golden Arrow 16 years ago, News24 reports. After just two years, she earned a promotion to become a general hand.
This position entailed helping bus mechanics. It inspired her to apply for an apprenticeship. In 2009, Maria qualified as an artisan, Briefly.co.za learned.
Maria is now a qualified auto electrician who can fix any issue on a bus as well as her male colleagues, if not better. In an interview, she proudly stated:
I love the challenge of working in a male-dominated industry. Women like me challenge those who think there are only certain jobs that females are capable of, when that's not the case.
Maria shared her experience with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille last week when the latter visited Golden Arrow, which operates the City of Cape Town's MyCiTi bus service.
De Lille praised MyCiTi for giving women greater opportunities in a male-dominated industry. She referred to MyCiTi's women bus drivers and mechanics as a "true inspiration."
Maria has now set her eyes on being part of Golden Arrow's boardroom as a company executive. She said:
I know I have what it takes. I work hard, I have the skill and the capacity to be able to rise to the top. Nothing gets in my way.
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