wo ladies are shaking up predominantly male-dominated industrial occupations and doing so with aptitude and excellence. They offer encouragement to different girls to make their mark of their chosen occupation.
TIG welding surprise

Vuyisile Precious Kubheka is certainly one of the newest hires at Werner Pumps, the place she’s taken over the company’s TIG welding. She says that over the years she has confronted issues with folks not trusting that she will be in a position to weld purely as a outcome of she’s a girl. “But once they see my work, they believe in me,” she says, with a smile.
TIG welding is challenging because mistakes made are very obvious. Kubheka says a skilled welder wants to have the power to keep away from undercuts and loopholes and create a clean weld. She welds the hydraulic tanks for the high-pressure jetting and vacuuming items that Werner Pumps builds, which can’t afford to have even the smallest hole or weakness, which might create issues of safety.
Vuyisile Precious Kubheka – Werner Pumps

Kubheka got here to welding by default, after struggling to search out stable work. In 2010, she had an opportunity to pursue welding coaching, and has been making a living as a welder since 2013. “I’d encourage other women to consider welding as a profession,” she says. “It’s a skill that folks need and I have been able to support my four kids.”

Wading into diaphragm seal of Werner Pumps’ clients, Vaneetha Govender, runs her personal company known as Lupini Projects, which focuses on civil and venture engineering. As an entirely black-owned firm headed by one of the solely women in water reticulation in South Africa, Lupini Projects is making waves.
Its services include unblocking sewer traces; cleansing dewatering and desludging at pump stations; degree management actions and extraction of soil, sediment and international matter blocking manholes, gravity lines and bulk strains; pipeline building, manhole/junction packing containers, and formwork; water supply, sewer line, drainage system; earthworks and pipework; and construction of civil works, including metal works.
Govender is quick to note that while her abilities lie in driving profitable business strategies and initiatives, she has relied on input from individuals extra skilled than herself to navigate the water reticulation industry. “Partnering with Werner has been a proxy to my success. They are well-known in the water therapy industry, being a forerunner for a couple of years. They deliver technological development and expertise and revolutionary experience to my enterprise,” she says.
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Her background is a mixture of technical expertise in credit and operations, business optimisation and technique implementation in JSE-listed corporations in monetary companies and telecommunications. She has an MBA, an Honours degree in Business Administration (PGDIP), a degree in Business Leadership Management (BML), and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management from the London Business School.
The concept for Lupini Projects came to her whereas doing her Masters diploma. She was learning social growth and researching the depletion of global water assets and its direct impact on quality of life and socioeconomic growth.
Living close to the Vaal River, Govender was conscious of extremely publicised reports on sewer pollution within the area. This, coupled with the desire to start out her personal enterprise, drove her choice to turn out to be part of the answer within the Vaal.
Lupini Projects was born in 2015. “I have three streams of business that I run inside the company portfolio,” says Govender. “These are within the pharmaceutical, private protection gear (PPE) and the water administration industries.”

The water administration industry has several limitations to entry, together with high capital costs of equipment, entry to finance for small businesses and securing initial contracts, as well as meeting compliance necessities (which can be costly).
Govender has overcome these challenges by being prepared to “fail fast” and learn rapidly, showcasing her capabilities to safe contracts, and investing in building, developing and empowering her team.
She’s also invested in quality equipment, including two Werner Pumps Combination Truck Units. “Werner Pumps provides a superior high quality product that delivers to my company’s wants and helps my market reputation, if I had an inferior product my company wouldn’t have the flexibility to deliver the excellent service, we pride ourselves on,” she says.
“The onsite assist I had once I bought my first automobile was exemplary. Werner Pumps trained my complete group on the automobile and all its parts all the means down to the oils required for each application. They further fully certified my workers as operators of the vehicle however most importantly I had on site support for nearly per week, with the coach spending time with my group at their work sites, making certain they use the vehicle accurately and that they are comfortable operating the vehicle. Sebastian, the MD, has been a great support and it’s uncommon to have direct access to the head of the company with whom you’ll have the ability to talk about your challenges and get ready options. Werner Pumps have made my transition into the water management enterprise much less daunting and their assist, coupled with the company’s experience, has elevated my confidence to tackle new challenges. They have really empowered me as a lady in business, and Lupini Projects is prepared to navigate the long run figuring out that we’ve sound business partners within the business.”