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JOHANNESBURG – Frauenmonat draws attention to the fact that diversity and inclusion in the workforce are a strategic necessity for many companies in order to be successful in South Africa.
Scania SA focuses on the implementation of a gender-specific workforce, in line with its global diversity goals, which offers both male and female employees equal career opportunities and progress.
"The continuous career and competence development of our female employees and trainees is a fundamental focus," says monde Kweyi, General Manager Marketing and Communication at Scania Southern Africa.
By having employees with the broadest possible range of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experience, companies can benefit from different perspectives and ideas to drive the business forward.
“Scania South Africa is committed to developing a diverse workforce. An unbeatable brand needs an unbeatable team, and an unbeatable team is diverse, "says Fabio Souza, Managing Director of Scania Southern Africa.
This women's month is different from the previous year, as South Africa is struggling with the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has created a challenging business environment for many companies in the transportation industry.
"The challenges resulting from the Covid-19 restrictions required agility and openness to change," says Catherine Andreka, business owner of Sourcing Solutions South Africa and Scania customer. "These have been difficult times as we serve a large part of the restaurant industry, but we've also found opportunities in our business and supply chain."
With this in mind, Women's Month is an opportunity to acknowledge and embrace the courageous efforts of women in the industry that help keep the wheels of the logistics industry moving.
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“Our female employees work in many different departments. You work on the front lines in our workshops. Your technical skills play a tremendous role in keeping the trucks and buses that connect different segments of our economy running. They also work in sales, operations, administration and back office and are actively working to ensure that we offer our customers the most comprehensive transport solutions and services, ”says Kweyi.
“Our women have shown enormous resilience and courage in the face of a rapidly changing work environment. They stood shoulder to shoulder with their male colleagues as Scania adjusted to the new challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. "
Scania is recognizing efforts under the banner of an "unbeatable spirit," the theme for the Women's Month celebrations.
“Scania women are valued as contributors to an important value chain. The logistics, construction and urban transport industries benefit enormously from their efforts, and we applaud their unbeatable mood in these challenging times, ”says Kweyi.
This unbeatable spirit is shared by many Scania customers.
"We are fortunate to have the support of so many impressive women," says Kweyi. “Some own their businesses and break new ground for women-run businesses in a male-dominated industry. Many are leading companies, innovate and drive trucks. "
Scania South Africa hopes to nurture the unbeatable spirit in the hope of more women entering the transportation industry.