Women, the Flag Bearers of Empowerment & Development
As a Department we are proud to have strong gender representation across
all levels of the organisation, and we salute the contribution of all women
employed at the Department in ensuring high standards of service delivery.
Within a space of only eight years there are women in very senior
management positions and in posts such as Chief Engineers and Industrial
Technicians, who assist in controlling this provinceís transport
infrastructure. Women are also more visible as Provincial Inspectors and
Traffic officers who are committed to saving lives on our roads. The
invaluable role that women are playing is not limited to these professions
of course, and within the Department hundreds of women are employed and
contribute to the overall achievements of the Department. Their jobs may not
be high profile but without them the Department would not be where it is
WE SALUTE ALL THE WOMEN OF THE DEPARTMENT!
No feature on women and empowerment would be complete without mentioning
the Departmentís internationally acclaimed Zibambele Programme,
which is spearheaded by women. Zibambele is the Departmentís
flagship poverty alleviation programme. It is a form of labour-intensive
road maintenance programme in which a household is contracted to maintain a
specific length of road, and targets women-headed households. Through this
innovative programme, many women-headed households are now able to put food
on their tables and meet other pressing needs such as schooling and health
care. Zibambele is currently benefiting more than 14 000 in KwaZulu-Natal.
A few of the Zibambele
contractors hard at work
The Minister of Transport, Mr Síbu Ndebele, recently launched the
Zibambele Training Programme on 25 August 2003. Also launched was the
Zibambele CD by well-known music artists Makitaza and Vusi Ximba. The CD is
another mechanism for communicating the Zibambele Programme and other
transport messages to the public, and follows on from the success of the
Departmentís road safety CDs, Asiphephe 1 and 2.