Engen prioritizes the empowerment of black women.
August being Women’s Month, it provides the company with an opportunity to reflect upon its commitment to helping gifted South African women explore new horizons. On the company’s commitment to education, UnathiNjokweni-Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, emphasized that Engen supports excellence and opportunity amongst the youth right from school through to university.
Without the helping hand extended by Engen, BabalwaPendlani wouldn’t be where she is today. Despite growing up in the dusty streets of Motherwell, Port Elizabeth, Babalwa completed her schooling, and is the first person in her family to attend university.Babalwa was able to study for a Bachelor of Sciences degree at Rhodes University, majoring in Chemistry and Geology, on completion of matric and thanks to Engen’s Bursary Program. Upon graduation from university, Babalwa was invited to join Engen’s Graduate Development Program and currently works in the Lubricants Supply Chain Department in Durban.
“Attitude is everything. The way you see life and the results of your action will all depend on your attitude. During my high school career, I was able to attend the Maths and Science Programs because I was good at the subjects. But looking back, I can see that many of my classmates were not passing. Learners need someone who can encourage them, someone who will tell them that they matter and that is why I would really love to be a life coach at some stage! Thanks to Engen, I can decide if I want to continue working in the industry or I want to be an academic,” says Babalwa.
The success of Engen’s strategy is reflected in the statistics. With a 46% of Engen retail dealerships now black-owned, 10% of them women-owned. while the Engen management committee is 54% black and 31% black-female, the Engen Limited board comprises 45% black members, and 22% black women.
Engen is surging ahead on its journey to make positive change, by carrying on growing young minds and talents of young women like BabalwaPendlani, and shaping the careers of gifted graduates. PWKD03082018
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