GirlEng Western Cape 2015
The 2015 GirlEng Western Cape (WC) team was inducted into office on the 1st of March at the WomEng offices in Woodstock by the National co-director of GirlEng, Aysha Fakier. Enthusiasm was rife and the eclectic team of eight female Engineering and Built Environment professionals is already revved and geared up for some exciting projects in their region.
The team is headed up by Civil Engineer Shamiso Kumbirai. Shamiso obtained her Honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town and worked as a Project Engineer for a leading FMCG in South Africa. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree full-time in the same field. Shamiso is not new to WomEng - having had the opportunity to be a delegate at the WomEng Fellowship in 2011. She is “excited to be involved with the organisation through the GirlEng division and aims to continue igniting the Engineering flame for young women”.
The team’s second in command is Bacsha Fakier who is a Researcher at a prominent Property group where she is involved in the research papers and/or reports generated for the group. Bacsha has an Honours degree in Property Studies from the University of Cape Town. She has several years of experience in shopping centre management and has been active in the property industry for approximately 8 years. Bacsha joined GirlEng “to provide a support system or mentorship to prospective female engineers that may have the right capability, drive and passion, but somehow are not matched with the right opportunity to realise their dream of becoming an Engineer”.
Justine Pillay and Thato Moremi are responsible for GirlEng’s Media and Marketing portfolio. This portfolio is responsible for spreading the word about GirlEng events to grade 9 to 12 female learners. They will be exploiting various marketing tactics to improve participation by grade 9 to 12 girl learners in GirlEng events.
Look out for the GirlEng team at the following events:
- The team will be running the Spar Women’s Challenge on 29th March 2015
- The team will be running the Green Point Parkrun on 12th April 2015
- The team will have a stall at the UCT Open Day on 18 April 2015
Justine has an Honours degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and is pursuing a Masters degree in the same field at the University of Stellenbosch. Through consulting work, she has over 6 years of experience across the fields of manufacturing, mining, IT and Logistics. Justine is currently employed by a leading 3PL company where she is responsible for the overall direction, co-ordination and implementation of optimization projects. She is passionate about Engineering and wants “to instil that same passion in young women by helping them make informed career choices”.
Thato Moremi is currently in her third year of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Also not new to WomEng, she joined the organisation to connect with other students like herself as well as with women in the working world in order to learn more about the application of Engineering. Thato feels that “learning concepts in the classroom is useful, but coupled with discussions with engineers already applying these concepts in industry – is a priceless experience.” She would like to pass on her lessons learnt as a student of Engineering to leaners considering choosing this field as a career.
Niksha Singh is responsible for the Logistics portfolio which ensures that for any GirlEng event, the right materials are at the right place at the right time and with the right people. Niksha studied Chemical Engineering at the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa as a Professional Engineer (PrEng) and is currently working for a global industry leader in the Oil and Gas industry and has over seven years of working experience. She joined WomEng to “inspire, motivate and educate young ladies about the Engineering profession”.
Sibusisiwe Maseko is appointed as the Treasurer. Her role is to ensure that all projects carried out by the team fall within budget. She holds an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering and is currently busy with a Master of Medicine degree in Biomaterials at the University of Cape Town. She is a previous participant of GirlEng and is an example of the success of GirlEng’s plight to promote Engineering as a career for women. Sibusisiwe joined the GirlEng team because she is “confident that the GirlEng programme works and wants to be actively involved in helping younger women interested in Engineering achieve their true potential as Engineers”
Rofhiwa Mauda was inducted as the Secretary to provide a support system for the team in terms of document control and tracking of goals. Rofhiwa is an Industrial engineering graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand and works for a global oil company. As a student; she was a GirlEng Limpopo mentor; a fellow and an ambassador for WomEng and feels that her “time spent helping learner’s realize their love of Engineering will be a rewarding experience.”
Vuyelwa Dlungana is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of Johannesburg. Vuyelwa is the Events Coordinator and is responsible for co-ordinating and planning all GirlEng WC events. Throughout varsity she was involved with the Golden Key organisation (initiative that supports leadership, academics and community service) as well as with Swiet (Society of Women in Engineering and Technology). She is currently an Engineer in Training (EIT) at Eskom. On Saturday mornings she tutors leaners Science under a programme called ASSET. Vuyelwa is “passionate about Education, empowerment and excellence and would like to dedicate time to the GirlEng initiative”.
The WC line up commences with the Cape Town GirlEng Info session on the 9th of May at the University of Cape Town. They have also planned to launch the GirlEng info sessions to the West Coast region as previous years have shown that there is a growing interest amongst girl learners in this region to pursue a career in engineering.
Watch this space for the GirlEng Club!