In one of the largest demonstrations staged in South Africa's history, 20 000 women of all races marched to Pretoria's Union Buildings on 9 August 1956, to present a petition against the carrying of passes by women to the Prime Minister, JG Strijdom.
In 1995, the first National Women's Day was celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa after becoming a democratic country. The Association is proud to announce that 16% of its membership companies are wholly women-owned.
Joyce Dolly Tembe of Sakhisizwe Development Training was proudly elected as President of Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal for her second term in June this year. She serves on the KZN Chapter of South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) and is a member of Link Women in SA. This dynamic woman also serves as the Vice-President of Master Builders South Africa.
The Executive Council includes other women industry leaders who have excelled in their careers. They have all received the Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal Award for Women in Construction over the years.
Thobekile Ndlovu is the founding member and owner operator of Thobethulani Trading CC. She started out in the building industry as a small business owner in 2005 and grew her company into the CIDB grade 7GB and 6CE company it is today. She was recently featured on Top Billing for her groundbreaking work in the industry as a construction mogul.
Khanyisile Khoza, founding member and Managing Director of Bahlomile Development and Project Solutions, started out her construction company when she realised the need to deliver quality homes. Currently CIDB grade 6, she turned her company into a formidable force implementing projects to the tune of more than R 150m, both in government RDP houses and private developments.
Patricia Moodley is a 100 % shareholder of Globacon (Pty) Ltd with a level 1 Bee certificate, with an interesting business strategy designed to grow and train women to run the business. Her famous mottos are: "The sky is your limit” and "It is better to try and fail than failing to try”. No stranger to accolades, this young woman was also awarded the 2016 BWA Regional Business achiever award (Entrepreneur category).
Spearheading the Association is Vikashnee Harbhajan – Executive Director: Masterbuilders Kwazulu-Natal, she has held senior positions in both the public and private sector, has a Master’s degree in law and is an admitted Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court of South Africa.
In 2017, she received recognition at the CEO Global South SADC gala awards for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government. Ms Harbhajan bagged the Country Award for South Africa as well as the SADC South Region Award in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities Sector, qualifying as a finalist for the Africa Continental Award. She went on to win the highly prestigious Continental Award in the Agencies and Regulatory Authorities sector.