Amanda Siyengo of Transnet Port Terminals and Lebo Letsoalo of the African Women in Supply Chain Association.
Durban - A forum themed “Women in Transport and Business” was recently held in Durban where leading female executives in the freight and transport industry shared their experiences about work and life challenges.

The guest speakers were Amanda Siyengo of Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), along with Kathy Bell of Standard Bank, Lebo Letsoalo of African Women in Supply Chain Association, Margrit Wolff of Mercury Freight, Portia Nkuna of Gautrain Management Agency, Michelle Pearton of eThekwini Transport Authority, Palesa Phili of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ingrid Ramalekana-Werz of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.

The speakers discussed the challenges of integrating work life with home life, as well as gave advice on how they had overcome certain tough situations in their lives; and the importance of education and working together to create a better future for the country.

Siyengo, TPT’s general manager: KwaZulu-Natal operations for bulk, breakbulk and cars, said she felt honoured to be part of such an esteemed panel of businesswomen and leaders who had such inspirational stories to share.

“It was also interesting to hear so many common themes and challenges raised during the discussions. I think time management when it comes to juggling work with family and home is a common challenge that most women face in business,” she said.

“Nowadays, people don’t refer to ‘work-life balance’, but rather to being able to effectively integrate the two into one’s life.

“Another major challenge that some of my fellow panellists spoke about today was the importance of education and empowering women in business.”

Siyengo said she was proud to work for an organisation that prioritised the upliftment of women and youth by actively offering programmes and initiatives that helped develop and nurture their growth within the business.

“There are a lot of women in operations at TPT - myself included - and there are exciting times ahead for us with Transnet’s vision to connect with other countries and ultimately grow in Africa,” she said.

The Mercury