The South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) in the North West says women are still struggling to gain access in the male-dominated industry.
SAWIC held a provincial Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Klerksdorp on Tuesday, where challenges facing women in the industry were discussed.
SAWIC chairperson in the North West, Xoli Moagi, said the purpose of the meeting was to create a networking session for women.
“We invite the stakeholders so that we are able to network. When we network we know that those are the opportunities open for women, because sometimes women are not aware that the government has so much opportunities for women and young people, especially in the construction industry,” Moagi said.
North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Mmoloki Cwaile, said his department will give the necessary support to women businesses.
“We will sign a memorandum of understanding that will commit the department to give 40% of all the construction work to women. But secondly, as and when women are not able to complete the work, the work must be transferred to other women instead of men,” said Cwaile.
SAWIC has more than 100 members across the North West province.