JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's construction industry is still male dominated, with very few of the big companies having women as owners or managers, while females still lose out to males in getting tenders, a government official has said.
Communications manager for the department of water and sanitation in the Free State region Larry Crisp said a workshop on women in the water business and construction in Mangaung heard that female company owners were only qualifying for small jobs while their male counterparts got the bigger chunks.
"Women emphasised that there should be a shifting of the mind and political intervention is desperately needed in relation to the empowerment of women in business," Crisp said in a statement.
Supply chain manager for the department Evelyn Bosch told participants that many companies, irrespective of being male or female owned, often bid for work from the department but did not deliver the services after qualifying, leading to their being blacklisted.
"Owners of business should bid only when they know they can deliver and also be able to communicate if they will not be able to due to financial constraints," she said.- African News Agency (ANA)