Cape Town really digs all-woman road-repair teams

13 April 2016 - 17:00 By TMG Digital

Cape Town now has its fourth all-woman road repair team. The six-strong team started work last month repairing roads‚ paths and stormwater infrastructure in Heideveld‚ Manenberg‚ Tambo Village‚ Athlone and Surrey Estate. Other teams in the City of Cape Town's Women at Work programme are based in Nadbeni‚ Fish Hoek and Kuils River.The mayoral committee member for transport‚ Brett Herron‚ said the teams had been appointed as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme within Transport for Cape Town."This project will assist us over time in changing perceptions about the type of work that women can do‚" said Herron.Women at Work has been nominated for the fourth annual Women in Construction Awards to take place in Johannesburg on May 10."I am confident that this will be recognised on a national level as one of the most advanced and game-changing gender transformation projects in the country‚" said Herron."We now aim to establish 10 all-female roads repair teams accommodating another 60 women in the next financial year."TMG Digital/The Times

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