For Immediate Release: 15 February 2017
To: Editors, Producers and Reporters
CGE HAILS HISTORIC AGREEMENT BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES OVER ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) hails the agreement signed between government departments, led by Department of Economic Development, with construction companies Murray and Roberts, Aveng, WBHO, Stefanutti Stocks, Raubex, Group 5 and Basil Read to promote transformation in the sector. The agreement heralded a new era in the construction industry in terms of transformation broadly and women representation and participation in particular. The scholarships for female graduates will ensure much needed skills development in the critical skills owned construction companies and the provision of construction sector. The CGE hopes that there will be strong enforcement of the agreement so that it doesn’t end up as one of the many agreements that the private sector has not delivered on. We believe as the CGE these commitments will open doors to many of the women owned construction companies within this sector. The Commission through its Employment Equity Transformation Hearings has observed and noted with concern the slow pace of gender transformation in the private sector. This commitment is significant since it ensures the empowerment of women in the construction sector which to date remains male dominated.
The CGE will in executing its mandate continue to monitor the promotion and attainment of Gender Equality in the private sector. Through its Employment Equity Transformation Hearings, Commission on Gender Equality will continue to monitor and implore the private sector to meaningful increase the role of women in ownership and in business operations.
Issued by: Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)
Date: 15 February 2017
Contact Person: Javu Baloyi
Tel: 083 579 3306
The Commission for Gender Equality is established in terms of Section 187 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa in order to promote respect for gender equality and the protection, development and attainment of gender equality.