First Women’s Car Repair Facility in Secunda

It is full of challenges but those circumstances made them love their job even more.

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Women’s Month is not only here to celebrate women who did great things in the past for the country but also celebrates the women of the Fourth Industrial Revolution who are doing great things beyond imagination. Who would have thought that in today’s world we would be celebrating women who own a car repair facility workshop in Secunda? Dineo and Keneuwe, twin sisters, grew up having an idea of owning a business one day, but did not know what they wanted to do. Just like any other dreamer, they made their dream come true and are now the owners of WOMECH (Women in Motor Mechanics) and compete with other motor car repair workshops in Secunda. Dineo Glamane the CFO (Chief Financial Officer) said that the idea of owning a business started in college, but the courses they wanted to pursue were very expensive and their mother was the only one working at that time. “We received a bursary to do an Auto Electrician course and completed our N6. We did an apprenticeship at Value Logistics and that was where the idea of opening a workshop started.”
Both Dineo and Keneuwe completed their courses in 2008 and in 2017 they opened WOMECH. She said that truth be told it is not easy to be in an industry that is male dominant. It is full of challenges but those circumstances made them love their job even more. The most difficult time was when they would promise a customer that their vehicle would be ready or fixed at a particular time and it did not happen. Customers get very cheeky especially to them and because they are women. Her advice to women out there is to never limit themselves and to take every opportunity that comes your way. Don’t be picky because sometimes what you want is not always what you get and she emphasised that everything is in God’s hands, but women work hard to be competitive. “This industry is very tough but women can do it,” she concluded.
WOMECH is a member of the Motor Industry Workshop Association (MIWA) and proud association with the Retail Motor Industry (RMI).
Celebrating Women’s Month, we salute all the women in this country who work hard from CEOs to cleaners who make it possible for their families to survive at all and any cost. The Bulletin would like to wish you everything of the best and keep up the good work! – Sandile Mkhawanazi

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