Young learnership graduate in charge of her own future
Just over a year ago, the high financial costs of tertiary education almost crashed Tshepiso Baloyi’s aspirations for getting that dream job. But after completing her learnership, Tshepiso not only helps to support her family financially, but she is also permanently appointed on the Gautrain project.
Youngest learner graduates as the only girl in electrical engineering learnership
There are not many women who can install electrical wiring for a house, let alone fix a three phase gate motor. Kinsse Kgole can do all these. In fact, she can also write her own software to test the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems for the Gautrain.
A NEW CAREER DAWNS FOR GAUTRAIN SITE ADMINISTRATOR
“Advancing your skills becomes a big challenge when people don’t look past your disability,” says Sean Perrings, Gautrain site administrator. After loosing the ability to walk normally due to a motorcycle accident in 1987, Sean became aware how attitudes had changed towards him in the workplace.
STEPPING OUT IN A MAN’S WORLD
As a document controller, Albie Langenhoven still wears her high heels to the office, but when she needs to go on a Gautrain construction site, her small feet comfortably steps into a pair of safety boots and a hard hat firmly protects her head.
A LOVE FOR SCIENCE UNITES SPECIAL NEEDS LEARNERS WITH THEIR ABLE BODIED PEERS
Being equipped with a specious laboratory in which to conduct science experiments, Guatrain Technology Research and Activity Center (TRAC) comfortably accommodates special needs learners as well as those in wheel chairs.
The non-profit programme, TRAC opened its doors in January in…
Gautrain funding partnership brings learners closer to science and technology
Through its funding partnership with the non-profit Technology Research and Activity Center (TRAC), Gautrain helps learners to develop a passion for science and technology.
“Instead of importing skills from overseas countries, we should rather grow skills from the bottom up,” said…
GAUTRAIN EXCEEDS JOB CREATION TARGETS DESPITE TOUGH ECONOMIC DOWNTURN
The latest job creation figures reveal that Gautrain has significantly exceeded its obligations towards targets set for job creation, local skills development and capacity building.
In so doing, the project delivers on its promises to investment in the welfare of its people facing tough times…
A woman’s touch
The daily testing of trains is a familiar sight at the test track near Midrand.
But when a woman was noticed inside a Gautrain driver cab recently, it almost brought the entire test track to a standstill. The lady firmly behind the control panel was Salome Oliver. In an industry that has…
TWO YOUNG ROLE MODELS FOR A NEW GENERATION OF WOMEN
Sarah Ramogale and Meriam Moleli not only worked alongside the best tunnelling experts in the world, they are also role models for a new generation of women who enjoy the freedom to work in engineering environments classically dominated by men.
“When I joined the Gautrain project I had no…
NEW DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY IN A DISABLED-FRIENDLY WORKPLACE
The sky is the limit for young Nicole Vergos, who was born with a bone deficiency commonly referred to as brittle bones.
Nicole works as a public relations and communication assistant for Gautrain. “Soon after being employed by Bombela, I was given more responsibilities and…
FROM TEA LADY AND CLEANER TO THE HOT SEAT AT RECEPTION
Boitumelo Mpshe Aletta Manganye The reception desk at Province’s Gautrain Pretoria site office is in the capable hands of former cleaner…
FEMALE OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR IN A MAN’S WORLD
Yvonne de Lange is a mother of two.
But unlike most, she spends her working days 50 metres above ground as an overhead crane operator at Gautrain’s Park Station construction site. “When I joined the Gautrain project I had difficulty adjusting due to my own insecurities. During those first two…
DEVELOPMENT TRANSFORMS THE LIFE OF A FORMER SECURITY GUARD
When Meckson Manganye was employed at Gautrain’s (Province’s) Pretoria site office, he struggled to make ends meet as a security guard at a townhouse complex.
Less than two years later, this family man is an inspector of works and has bought his own car as well as a plot in Soshanguve. At…
BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
With regard to skills development and capacity building, Gautrain’s Socio-Economic Development objectives firstly include the important aspect of broad-based black economic empowerment.
Secondly, SED objectives also address aspects such as the development of small, medium and micro enterprises…
PROPORTION OF GAUTRAIN RELATED PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS RAPIDLY INCREASING
Properties around the intended Gautrain route are experiencing a boom in both property prices and activity.
In Rosebank a R600 million mixed-use development is currently planned, including upgrading of The Zone, The Firs and The Galleria. In Midrand, Zonk’lzizwe is a multi-billion rand…
Good results on Gautrain’s socio-economic initiatives
Over and above the design, construction, commission, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain Project, specific socio economic objectives were defined.
Skills development forms the backbone of the socio economic development (SED) strategy of the project. It includes the equity…
GAUTRAIN GROWING WITH ALEX COMMUNITIES
In celebration of National Arbor Week, Gautrain participated with disadvantaged communities in Alexandra where trees are much needed.
The school where trees were planted by Gautrain Project Leader, Mr Jack van der Merwe is Ekukhanyisweni Primary School. Moses, a volunteer from…
GAUTRAIN A SHOWCASE OF JUNE 16 IDEALS
During youth month Gautrain rededicates itself to the June 16 pioneers who heroically fought for a better education and equal opportunities.
Using world-class technology and ground breaking engineering methods, Gautrain serves as a role model and showcase of our June 16 ideals. As the first…
I AM MOTIVATED
We have suffered, we have struggled to get one thing rightWe cried and laughed with no faithWe did not sleep at night nor love to wake up in the morningAnd feel the winter’s cold breeze We fight against our people, tear things up as if that will lead us somewhere or give us a solution.
GIRLS MEET THE WOMEN WHO MAKE GAUTRAIN POSSIBLE
It is not every day that you get to wear a pink construction hat, shake hands with Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works, Ignatius Jacobs and see how experts are building the first ever rapid rail project in Africa.
In support of Cell C’s sixth annual Take A Girl Child To Work Day…