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Female mechanic makes her mark

FRANCISTOWN: "There is obviously skepticism at first when a woman enters a male dominated career. But once men realise that you can do the job well, they do not have a problem working with you as a woman," says Batanani Moemedi, a 27-year old auto electrician at Naledi Motors. She largely fixes heavy duty trucks. The Rakops-born Moemedi is the only female auto electrician at the company.
By Chakalisa Dube Mon 28 Oct 2013, 18:01 pm (GMT +2)
The Monitor :: Female mechanic makes her mark








"Even at school there were only three of us who graduated (last April) in the auto electrical course because it is traditionally considered a programme for men.

"At times it is not like women are not capable to pursue careers that are dominated by men. It is only that they are not resilient enough to withstand the harsh realities of physically demanding jobs that are considered best suited for men. They have to be resilient," she says.

The mother of two did her National Craft Certificate (NCC) in Auto Electrical at Auto Trades Training Centre in Gaborone.

Prior to studying at ATTC, Moemedi was unemployed. She tried applying for jobs without success.

"Just like any woman, I dreamt of a white collar job but after being offered a place at the school I did not look back," she says. Prior to being employed by Naledi Motors in November last year on a permanent basis, she apprenticed for the company since May 2008 when she began her studies. She graduated last year in April.

"When my studies began, I would go to school for three months and then return to the company to gain practical experience about my work before I was employed permanently," says the Block Five resident. The job comes with challenges. "Fixing vehicles means that I have to lift heavy objects such as batteries.

"Lifting heavy objects is itself a challenge for women because

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we are less physically stronger compared to men.  "It is however something one gets used to with time," she explains.

At times she spends a lot of time away from home. Luckily she does not live with her children. They stay in Rakops with members of her extended family.

"I plan to stay with my children because my mother who was their guardian died last November. At times I have to attend breakdowns after working hours, which means that in some instances I would not be able to give them enough attention required of a mother.

"I am also constrained from doing some household chores expected of me as a woman because I attend to breakdowns and I sometimes arrive very late from work. I have however accepted the situation because it is the nature of my job," she says.

Her partner works in Gaborone.

Her dream is to head a reputable auto repair company. "Should I get the opportunity to lead such a company, my aim is to encourage and lobby women to consider careers in the auto industry like fixing vehicles either as mechanics, electricians or other areas in the maintenance of vehicles. "Careers in this field (fixing vehicles) are not only financially rewarding but there are many jobs in the field as well. As women we also have to go out and prove that we are equally capable," she said.

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