African woman single-handedly renovates her own house and built extension

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A 26-year-old South-African female engineer from Pietermaritzburg stood out last month when the country celebrated Women’s Month.

Photos of her mixing the cement, measuring and stacking the building blocks without help, went viral on various social media platforms, warming hearts and provoking admiration.

The trained civil engineer Zama Philisiwe Zungu inherited the passion for construction from her father, who is also a builder, according to reports. She then enrolled at the Umgungundlovu TVET College in her home city in 2014.

The reason why Zungu won the admiration of many people is the fact that the building work is a male-dominated field of work, which demands a lot of energy and skills.

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“This is what I am good at. Renovating my home is very fun and exciting at the same time, practicals are more fun than theory,” Zungu reportedly said.

Her ambition is to own a construction company and empower more women in the engineering industry.

“Always put your best in everything that you do, never underestimate the power of pouring your heart in what you do. Always seek to improve and empower yourself,” Zungu advised other women.

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