Ekurhuleni city manager honours women in uniform
Ekurhuleni City Manager Dr Imogen Mashazi, honoured female metro police officers and emergency personnel at an award ceremony on 31 August 2021 to appreciate and encourage them to keep doing the amazing work they are doing. The Women in Uniform in Community Safety Legacy Project was launched to empower women officers, fire fighters and disaster management officers through career progression and education. To date, more than 700 women have benefitted from the project through promotion, recruitment and furthering their studies. Some of the key successes are:
Ekurhuleni Disaster and Emergency Management Services (DEMS)
• 20 women were promoted
- 1 x Divisional Head
- 12 x shift managers
- 1 x Regional manager
- 3 x Fire fighters recruited from the reserve force
- 1 x Disaster management specialist
- 2 x Project administrators
• A total of 35 women were appointed since 2016 including two divisional heads, 12 call centre operators and 12 shift managers
• 50 percent representation of women in the divisional head category
• 72 women completed their studies obtaining among others MBAs, Honours, Degrees and Higher Certificates while 29 are still completing their studies and
• 1 411 staff complement in the department constituting 34 percent of the total staff complement. In the Disaster Division there are 107 females compared to 61 males.
• A total of 47 women officers were promoted across various positions and levels
• A total of 42 women officers completed their studies, obtaining among others MBAs, Bachelor Degrees and Higher Certificates
• 18 women officers now form part of the 66 senior management of the EMPD
• Women now comprise 41 percent of the EMPD staff complement and
• 400 females were employed as traffic wardens.
“Over the years we have managed to recruit more females in these departments which were historically male dominated. Now we have a fair representation of women in these departments and some hold senior positions which was once a taboo,” City Manager Dr Imogen Mashazi said.
“Not only did we recruit more women, we encouraged them to study further and I am very excited to see most of them now graduating with Masters Degrees.”
Turning to gender-based violence, Dr Mashazi encouraged women to speak out against abuse. She encouraged them to be strong enough to say no against any form of abuse. “We must not persevere and endure abuse in the hands of the ones we love with the hope that it will one day get better. This never ends well and we have seen many women lose their lives at the hands of those they love,” said Dr Mashazi.
Source: Nhlanhla Cebekhulu, divisional head: Communication and Media Relations, City of Ekurhuleni