- Friday, 8 March marks annual International Women's Day and Engen honoured its female workers by sharing the story of Phindile Sithole
- Sithole and 15 other women have been employed as bulk truck operators by the oil refinery company
- Engen revealed it would feature their employees' success stories in a new TV series
Sithole is one of 16 female bulk truck operators employed by the South African oil giant. Briefly.co.za gathered she fully backs Engen's initiative to help women break through the glass ceiling.
Sithole added she knew she wanted to become a truck driver from a very young age, adding she "loves" the sound that trucks make and their size.
Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, said the company focuses on helping women break the gender barrier, especially when it comes to recognising the talent of young black females.
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“Gender balance is essential for economies and communities to thrive. It’s not only a gender issue but a business issue which is why women empowerment and transformation is at the core of every part of our operations and forms a critical part of our business plan,” she said.
Njokweni-Magida revealed that Sithole and several other Engen employees with success stories, would be featured in a television series run by Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) in partnership with Brand South Africa and producers, Regency Global.
"The future is definitely exciting for our industry and the theme for this year's International Women's Day, #BalanceforBetter, resonates particularly with Engen as a company, since we make an effort to strive towards balance across the entire value chain of our business," Njokweni-Magida added.
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