A South-African female engineer Zama Philisiwe Zungu has become an inspiration for other women looking to succeed in fields dominated by men after she inherited the passion for construction from her father, who is also a builder.
Photos of her constructing an extension to her house went viral on social media. According to reports, she is a trained civil engineer. She studied civil engineering at Umgungundlovu TVET College in her home city in 2014.
Last month, South Africa celebrated Women’s Month and a 26-year-old woman from Pietermaritzburg became the unlikely poster girl for this year’s celebration. Pictures of her preparing the cement, making all the measurements, and stacking the building blocks all by herself went viral on various social media platforms, warming hearts and provoking admiration.
She gained so many accolades for engaging in construction work is the fact that it is a male-dominated field of work, demanding a lot of energy and skills.
She is reported as saying that she had never worked in construction before, but the practical exams she had passed during college gave her the confidence that she could build the extension to her house by herself.
“This is what I am good at,” the 26-year-old said. “Renovating my home is very fun and exciting at the same time, practicals are more fun than theory.”Zama Philisiwe Zungu dreams of one day running her own construction company and plans to empower more women in the engineering industry.
“Always put your best in everything that you do, never underestimate the power of pouring your heart in what you do. Always seek to improve and empower yourself,” Zungu advised other women.