Press Release: October 02, 2020
While Cement companies are incrementally, increasing the number of women workers at the entry, management and board levels, it is still evident that we are still far away from achieving parity in the boardroom and the C-suite.
We are proud to announce our inaugural list of top 30 women in the cement industry. Women who have overcome obstacles to become beacons of industry. From a young graduate engineer finding her space in a Ashaka Cement Plant as the only female engineer, to a successful business woman, who not only founded a successful investment holding company, but is now a serious investor in the cement industry.
From Cape to Cairo, our top 3o women is also a testament to the growing role women are playing in the C-suite and the boardroom. Whereas the gender parity gap remains to be filled, many corporate organizations in the cement sector are beginning to awaken to the need for gender and diversity, as core pillars for sustainability into the future as captured in the MDGs.
Our 2020 list includes Dorothy Udeme Ufot, an accomplished lawyer who sits on the board of Dangote Cement, Precious Murena-Nyika who heads Lafarge’s business in Zimbabwe, Gloria Serobe, the co-founder fo WipHold, Chrissie Moloseni, the Vice Chair of Cimerwa, the largest cement manufacturer in Rwanda. The list also recognizes Marwa Youssef who is a director responsible for Procurement for the Cemex business in Egypt; Tania Hangula, who sits on the board of Nambia’s only cement maker Ohorongo. Women in cement are making moves, while tearing down old stereotypes on gender biased capability.
It is under Louisa Mojela‘s astute leadership, that the black-owned Women Investment Portfolio Holdings group (Wiphold) and limestone-miner Continental Cement (Conticem), signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese cement company, Jidong Development Group, and the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund), to build a R1,65-billion cement manufacturing plant in South Africa. Mamba Cement, built at a cost of R1.8 billion. This is an innovative new plant in Northam, Limpopo, South Africa, which is complete with South Africa’s first-ever girth gear to a rotary kiln.
For more information about Top 30 Women 2020, visit https://afrikacem.com/a-celebration-of-grit-top-30-women/