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On Wednesday, South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, celebrated Women’s Day commemorating the 61st anniversary of the women’s march to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956.

Eskom’s Interim Group Chief Executive Johnny Dladla said in a statement: “To all of us at Eskom, the month of August, is of great historical value as we continue to pursue our goal of an inclusive and gender sensitive workplace, which strives for gender parity.

“Indeed, while 33% of the Eskom’s workforce is women, it is important to note that in the past 10 years the picture remains unchanged.”

He added: “To that effect, we have renewed our commitment to transformation. We have further developed a rigorous and ambitious gender equalisation plan, which will put stringent measures to hold management accountable to the commitment.”

Dladla said: “Achieving gender equality and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 will require stepping up efforts at all fronts and supporting the Eskom Women Advancement Programme as a lever to gender parity and advocacy.”

Equity programme highlighted on Women’s Day

Eskom’s gender equity programmes, including Eskom’s Women Advancement Programme (EWAP), fit into Eskom’s substantial transformation drive.

The EWAP initiative was established in 2013 and seeks to make deliberate and considered interventions to advance and deploy women in Eskom.

It comprises of six focus area namely:

  1. Women in leadership – increasing the representivity of women in leadership positions
  2. Women in nuclear – building a cadre of women to fill critical roles at our world-class nuclear programmes
  3. Women in technical roles – developing a pipeline of women to occupy technical roles
  4. Conducive work environment – developing a gender inclusive programme to influence a progressive, inclusive and sustainable organisational culture
  5. Employee value proposition – ensuring HR practices and policies are geared towards empowering women and supporting their advancement
  6. Powerful partnerships – partnering with institutions of common interest to enable the development of global leaders amongst women

According to the parastatal, the EWAP aims to ensure a healthy pipeline of women, starting at high school level, and preparing them for a career at Eskom.

Eskom believes that attracting, retaining and promoting women is critical to the success of our organisation.

Having a rewarding career that offers growth and opportunity is an important aspect in many women’s lives.

Knowing one’s strengths and taking steps to continually develop play a role in on-going career satisfaction.

 

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