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Acting Western Cape Premier Ms Anroux Marais – Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport officially launched the programme joined by (Left) Eskom Western Cape General Manager – Mr Alwie Lester and AMEU President – Mr Sicelo Xulu. Pic credit: Eskom

On Thursday, South African state-owned power utility, Eskom, together with the Association of Municipal Electricity Utilities (AMEU), launched the AMEU Women in Electricity Programme (WiE).

The event was officially launched by Anroux Marais, Acting Premier for the Western Cape and minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Forming part of the Association, this initiative is a first for the parastatal the Western Cape.

“The programme will aim to identify female professionals within the business who will participate and glean insights on how best to increase the number of female professionals in the electricity industry,” said Alwie Lester Eskom Western Cape General Manager.

Lester added: “As Eskom we therefore support the AMEU WiE programme as it is designed to create an enabling environment for women to participate in the electricity industry.”

AMEU officially launches WiE programme

In a company statement, Eskom explained that the WiE structure to nurture and retain female talent within the industry in order to capacitate them to progress with the right competencies.

[quote]The utility emphasised that one of the key objectives is to ensure that South Africa develops a rich pool of skilled women to tackle current and future challenges in the energy sphere.

The programme is anchored on four main pillars, namely:

  • Mentorship and leadership development
  • Partnerships and networking
  • International exchange programmes
  • Talent development

“The programme will also address ways to find, and connect all the industry information and the results will benefit an extremely wide audience,” the power company said.

“This will be through greatly improving the understanding of how women can respond to challenges such as, enabling women to become a critical mass in the sector and achieving meaningful transformation,” the utility added.

The Women in Electricity initiative was created with the purpose of empowering women in the male dominant electricity industry.

The launch was attended by over 250 women from Eskom Western Cape as well as delegates from local municipalities, relevant business and Eskom adopted schools and this programme will therefore be instrumental in ensuring that WiE continues to live up to this original aim.