“My Name is Janape Truter, employed at Mono Pumps Zimbabwe, were I have worked for the 41 past years. I joined this organisation in 1979 and have held different positions in administration, stores, accounts and sales departments. In 2015, I then reached my goal of becoming a Sales Director cum Assistant C.E.O. a position I hold to date”.
Mollen Saungweme, a young vibrant Zimbabwean woman, an entrepreneur, leader and mentor. She is currently an Accountant and Company Secretary at Deven Engineering Private limited. With over 6 years’ experience in the industry, she started her accounting career journey with Longden Steel Enterprises in 2010 as an Accounts Clerk and rose through the ranks to be the organisations Accountant.
Chartered Certified Accountant with a successful background in financial reporting per IFRS for internal & external purposes within set time frame. Vast experience in maintaining compliance with the companies Act and applicable legislation and driving financial management and financial processes that support the needs of the company in line with strategy. Have exposure in both the services and manufacturing sectors
Clara Tanyanyiwa is a holder of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology Obtained from the University of Zimbabwe. She is also possesses a Diploma in Law (Conciliation and Arbitration) and various certificates from the ILO and Arlac . Clara briefly worked as a teacher after completion of her tertiary studies and joined the Labour Court of Zimbabwe as Assistant Registrar from 2001 to 2006. She worked as a Provincial Labour Officer in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare between 2007 and 2008. In 2009, Clara became part of the team at the National Employment for the Engineering, Iron and Steel Industry where she has successfully grown as a Designated Agent / Arbitrator.
“Amazing things happen when women help other women”- Kasia Gospos. Rosemary Risai has 15 years’ experience with the National Employment Council for the Engineering Iron and Steel Industry. She joined the organisation as a Data capture clerk and rose through the ranks to her current position of Designated Agent. Rose is a holder of B.Com Honours Degree in Human Resources Management (National University of Science and Technology), Certificate in Labour Law, Conciliation and Arbitration (IPMZ) and currently studying for Master’s degree in Business Administration. She is passionate about promoting workplace gender equality.
Born in May 1984, Nyasha Guri is an experienced Human Resources Professional with a demonstrated career history of accomplishing goals in congruence with an Organisation`s strategic plans with ten years’ experience attained in the Construction and Engineering Industry in Zimbabwe. She is the current Human Resources Officer for Tendo Electronics and Power Engineering where she has demonstrated skills in Talent Acquisition, conflict resolution, performance management, employee wellness and motivation, labour relations and quality management. Nyasha is a holder of BSc. Honours in Sociology – University of Zimbabwe, Certificate in Project Planning and Management: Trust Academy, Diploma in Payroll Administration – Stallone Consultancy (Pvt) Ltd and Diploma in Human Resources Management (IPMZ). Nyasha currently seat as a member of the Local Joint Committee (Mashonaland Region) for National Employment Council for the Engineering Iron and Steel Industry.
“My name is Joana Makore, Human Resources and Communications Manager for Epiroc Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd. I do possess the following qualifications are Masters in Business Administration, Management College of South Africa, BSc Degree in Psychology, Zimbabwe Open University, Diploma in People Management, Institute of People Management in Zimbabwe, Diploma in Law (Conciliation and Arbitration) University of Zimbabwe, Women in Leadership and Mentorship with University of Stellenbosch – South Africa (as part of the Epiroc Regional Female Mentorship Programme) and several certificates in Human Resources Management.
Epiroc is a leading productivity partner for the mining, infrastructure and natural resources industries. With cutting-edge technology, we develop and produce innovative equipment, consumables and service for use in surface and underground mining, infrastructure, civil works, well drilling and geotechnical applications. The company employs various disciplines of Artisans and Engineers and is currently male dominated. However, we are on a drive to break the gender disparity and take women on board. We have a lot of programmes within the company that are designed to have women take up leadership positions as well as fairness in the treatment employees as far as gender is concerned.
I am proud to say that this year, we managed to take on board 3 female engineers as Graduate Learners and strive to fill vacancies that may come up during the course of the year with females especially in technical positions. Our aim is to have at least 20% of the workforce being females. I encourage prospective employees to look out for vacancies adverts on our website”.
“My name Patricia Chiyangwa, a Designated Agent/Arbitrator and Local Joint Committee Secretary for National Employment Council of the Engineering Iron and Steel Industry. I am a holder of a Master's Degree in Development Studies from the Women's University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration from the University of Zimbabwe and a Certificate in Project Planning and Management. I also had an opportunity to attend various labour related seminars at ARLAC. I started my career with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development in 2006 where women empowerment and women involvement in decision making process was championed. I then Moved to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare in 2013 where I worked as a Labour Officer up to 2016. I joined NEC Engineering, Iron and Steel as a Designated Agent in 2016. I was appointed Local Joint Committee Secretary for Mashonaland, Manicaland and Masvingo provinces in 2019 the position I hold to date .The exposure in a male dominated has been both challenging and exciting. The Engineering industry is male dominated where far less than a quarter of the employees in the industry are female. The traditional perception of the industry being meant for males still exist. There is need to change the mindset and lobby for women involvement in the so called "male dominated spheres of employment ".
Corinna Vann Gopal
Corinna Vann – Gopal is an Operations Manager at Vann Gopal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd. She also is an Intern Occupational Psychologist, registered with the Allied Health Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe and an Associate Member of the Zimbabwe Psychology Association. Corrina is an Accredited Giotto Integrity Assessment Facilitator and Board Member of Saint Daniels Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre. Miss Vann - Gopal was raised with a passion for the engineering industry. She re-joined Vann Gopal Engineering (Pvt) Ltd based in Gweru in January 2013 to establish a new arm of the business. Miss Vann - Gopal is a strong strategist who has assisted the organization in designing an adaptable business model. Her ability to problem solving and hands on approach to business have enabled her to assist in steering her organization through the challenging times the engineering industry in Zimbabwe has faced over the past few years. Her specialization within occupational psychology make her not only a good manager but a capable leader. She has successfully designed systems that encourage productivity but which too seek to develop each member at an individual and intrapersonal level. Miss Vann - Gopal researched the “Psychological Capital and Organizational Commitment’s influence on Job Performance among Tradesmen” within the Midlands region. She successfully presented on her findings at the 2019 ZPA Conference and is keen to perform a similar study with a larger sample to further validate her findings. She believes that the true value of a trade is not fully appreciated within our society. Miss Vann - Gopal is passionate about community development and oversees the company’s CSR programmes, one of which is Muscle and Fitness Gym. A gym facility that provides a safe haven and inspiration for many of the youth. Miss Vann - Gopal is also a board member with Saint Daniels Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre providing psychosocial support to children living with disabilities.
Nyembezi Kasiya is the Administration Manager of Jacob Bethel Corporation Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, a $10 million entity which manufactures mining, quarrying and construction components in Zimbabwe. Nyembezi has over 8 years’ experience in the iron and steel
industry. Her career began in the Analytical Laboratory with the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ) in 2010 as a Senior Technical Officer in Bulawayo. She then grew in the organization to become the Quality Assurance Officer in charge of Laboratory Management Systems within SAZ. In 2014 she moved to Steelmakers Zimbabwe as Quality Manager covering Smelting Plant, Rolling Mills, Foundry and Crusher plants. In 2016 her scope of work increased to SHEQ Manager where she gained invaluable experience in Safety and Health Management systems as well as statutory requirements. In December 2018, an opportunity rose for her to join Jacob Bethel Corporation Zimbabwe as SHEQ Administrator, which she gladly accepted. She was promoted to Administration Manager, a position she currently holds. In her current portfolio she continues to engage with industry and statutory bodies through the various portfolios she holds that include human capital, quality, safety and health as well as legal and compliance. Nyembezi is a holder of a BSc Honours Applied Biology and Biochemistry.
A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.