Celebrating Women's Month | Western Cape Government

Celebrating Women's Month

(Western Cape Government)

South Africans celebrate Women's Month in August and Women's Day on 9 August every year.

This year’s theme: “25 Years of Democracy: Growing South Africa Together for Women’s Emancipation” coincides with our celebration of 25 years of freedom.

The Department of Transport and Public Works empowers and educates women through various programmes and projects. We celebrate women who excel in these often male-dominated fields.

Professional Development Programme

University graduates in built environment and engineering disciplines joined the Professional Development Programme (PDP) in March 2019, including seven women.  Jessica De Villiers (below) holds a BEng: Mechanical Engineering from Stellenbosch University and is a participant in the programme.

Jessica de Villiers

The PDP is part of the Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme and participants are expected to gain practical experience in the Department's infrastructure directorates, and in private engineering and architecture firms.

Masakh'iSizwe provides support for people studying towards a degree or higher diploma in one of the following disciplines:

  • Property studies
  • Transport economics
  • Transportation engineering
  • Mechatronics
  • Electrical and/or electronic engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction management
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Quantity surveying
  • Town/city and regional planning
  • Architecture
  • Other relevant disciplines.

Read more about the Masakh'iSizwe Bursary Programme.

Traffic Officer Training


At the traffic officer graduation ceremony in August 2019, the top academic achiever award went to a woman. Gcobisa Nyekendala graduated cum laude and received:

  • The Transportation Unit Standard award
  • The Legals award
  • The NRTA [National Road Traffic Act] 93 of 1996 award.

Our Gene Louw Traffic College has been training traffic officers since 1989. It offers various courses including a 12-month accredited basic officer training programme in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)

ECD graduates

Women were amongst the 198 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)-funded students who graduated from the West Coast College in Malmesbury after successfully completing an 18-month Early Childhood Development learnership programme on Level 4 or 5 in June 2019.

The EPWP helps unemployed people by providing access to skills training, work experience, and some temporary paid work.

The Contractor Development Programme forms part of the EPWP. It aims to develop skills and promote the sustainability of emerging contractor businesses in the construction industry, particularly those owned by  youth and women.

Read more on Women's Month 2019

The content on this page was last updated on 13 August 2019