- Ntwanano Nkuna, a 25-year-old woman who hails from Mkhuhlu, recently celebrated an amazing achievement
- The inspiring young woman qualified as an artisan electrician and her sister shared a photo of her online
- Speaking to Briefly.co.za, Nkuna opened up about her decision to do a national trade certificate and the obstacles she faced along the way
More and more women are breaking the glass ceiling and taking up jobs that had previously been dominated by men. One of those young ladies is Ntwanano Nkuna, a 25-year-old who recently bagged her national trade certificate.
Nkuna is now a qualified artisan electrician after she fell in love with the field in high school. The young woman grew up in Mkhuhlu, a small town near Hazyview.
Like many other South Africans, Nkuna did not have an easy childhood. She was raised by her grandmother while her mother worked to support them after landing a job in 2005.
"I lived in a village where we would struggle to meet our daily needs, we didn't have much because my mother wasn't working then, and my father wasn't present. Things started looking up when my mother got a job in 2005."
In Grade 8, Nkuna fell in love with electricity while doing practicals on electric circuits.
"I was amazed at what was happening and I fell in love with anything that has to do with electricity, sounds weird right? I knew there and then that I was going to be a future electrician."
After she finished school, Nkuna immediately followed her dreams. However, the journey was far from easy and she had to face several obstacles.
"Being taken seriously, I have been underestimated many times because of my gender. Having to prove yourself and work hard to show that you are more than capable is very hard and draining. The negative comments you get can really break you down."
Nkuna pushed through and qualified. Now, she hopes on one day owning a training institute.
"I really want to own my own training institute where there would be artisan development programmes and learnership programmes so I can also help other people who are passionate like me to pursue their dreams."
The 25-year-old electrician also sent a message to other young women:
"Be yourself and have confidence in who you are. Those negative comments that have built up in your head are stopping you from reaching your full potential, do not let them. Put God first in everything you do."
Her beautiful sister, who was only identified by her Twitter handle @_lovenkuna, shared a photo of Nkuna online, captioning it:
"My sister is officially a qualified artisan."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported on Zama Philisiwe Zungu went viral in Women's Month when photos surfaced online showing her building an additional room on her home.
The 26-year-old inspired South Africans with her skills in construction and she proved women have what it takes to succeed in a man's world.
Zungu made the decision to become an engineer in 2014 and her father was a major motivation for her.
"My dad was my inspiration since he is also a builder," she said, adding: "Also I was inspired by the lack of women in this industry, since it was labelled as a man's job. I took the challenge knowing very well there are quite a number of challenges I'd encounter in a male-dominated career."
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