Radia Bhamjee

Head of Organisational Development at Teraco Data Environments

Radia began working with Progression on learnership projects for people with disabilities in 2012, while working at her previous employer, a leading financial services company. Since joining Teraco in 2019, she has continued to champion disability initiatives with ongoing projects focussed on skills development within rural communities.

  • What are your thoughts on the role of women in the workplace?

Women have a valuable contribution to make within the workplace.  As women we may assist and play a role as mentors or role models to those who are in the early years of their careers.  Women have developed themselves and share knowledge and experience within the workplace.

  • How can we improve the lives and future prospects of women in South Africa?

By creating opportunities for training and development.  This needs to commence from the early development years of a young South African woman. Education will create awareness of self, build self-confidence, create work opportunities etc. South African women need to be developed and taught to be strong independent women and not dependent on others.

Current challenges facing women include missing school monthly, teenage pregnancy and gender- based violence to mention a few. Addressing these would contribute to a better future for women in South Africa.

  • What advice would you give to other women who want to be successful?

You will have difficult days, experience failures in your career as well as disappointments. My advice would be to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t because you are a woman. Never compromise your values and beliefs. Be honest in all that you do and give it 100% – your success and achievements will be recognised.  I set myself small goals within my career initially. As I achieved these, it gave me the confidence to achieve more and be driven.  Lastly, be the woman who fixes another woman’s crown, without telling the world that it was crooked.

SHEroes at Work

“The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we are weak and sing with us when we are strong”