- 26-year-old Shanice Pedro, who hails from Bonteheuwel, has made history
- Pedro became the first female in South Africa to qualify as a shipbuilder
- The inspiring young woman completed a degree in engineering in which she was exposed to metal work
At the young age of 26, Shanice Pedro made history by becoming the first woman to qualify as a Red Seal shipbuilder in South Africa.
According to IOL, Pedro admitted there were times she thought about giving up, but she persevered in the male-dominated industry.
"My body sometimes aches after a strenuous job, but it comes with the trade. What I’ve learned is that when you love what you do, every challenge is an opportunity to grow," she said, adding her physical strength has always been a struggle in the industry.
After completing matric in 2010, Pedro went on to study towards a degree in engineering sciences, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Pedro credited her mentor, Mr Rafeeq Fisher - the training officer for shipping at that time - for motivating her to pursue the trade.
And, despite all the hardships she faced, Pedro is glad that she pursued the career.
"I do not regret my decision, now that I am finally a qualified shipbuilder and the first female shipbuilder in South Africa," she said.
The story inspired social media users, who praised Pedro for her amazing achievement.
Carlo Armando San Giorgio commented: "Well done mam! May your career span many many happy years."
Eddie Noble added: "Very well done, and may many more follow in your proud footsteps."
Eugene Ugolini wrote: "Well done, everything of the best for your future career. Cheers."
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