Nontembeko Khenku was attempting to bring home the bacon as a domestic worker when she discovered an advert for a learnership by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) in a daily paper.
She applied and her application was effective, and she experienced an overwhelming two-year learnership that helped her make advances into the intense universe of road development.
She is currently the proprietor of Cambeni Construction Company, contracted to work on the R61, close Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape.
The Sunday Times reported that she presently has a level 4 diploma and is pleased to possess a SMME, that as of now, utilizes eight employees.
“I started in August last year, I am a supervisor and we build sidewalks. They are very important because people are being knocked over by cars but now they will have somewhere to walk on. This will help reduce the number of accidents involving pedestrians walking on, and crossing, the road,” she said proudly.
She credits her studies and sills as her saving grace though as the doubters soon realize that females are more than capable of doing the job.
She said while ladies are confronted with one of a kind obstacles in a formerly male-ruled segment like construction, there is literally nothing that prevents them from making an achievement in this field.
Being a female presented difficulties at first in terms of attitudes of a few men who questioned her ability due to her gender.
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