College of Agriculture, Engineering
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Celebrating women in technology are (clockwise from top left): Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi, Ms Mayuri Pillai, Ms Reshelle Naidoo, Ms Shuthri Thomas, Ms Terese Naidoo, Ms Nitasha Pillay and Ms Teko Ntimane.

Preparing Women in Technology for the Digital Revolution

Women in Tech, Tech Society UKZN and the Golden Key organisation organised a webinar to celebrate Women’s Month with the focus on empowering young women by adding to their digital skills.

Women in Tech is a non-profit international organisation working to close the gender gap and assist women embrace technology.

Tech Society UKZN was established recently by students who identified a need to promote learning in the career areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The vision is to educate, equip, empower and upskill UKZN students with the necessary skills and confidence for them to succeed in STEM career fields.

Golden Key UKZN aims to assist students recognise their potential in academics, leadership and service.

The Women’s Month event featured three guest speakers from Women in Tech. Up first was Youth Ambassador for the organisation Ms Reshelle Naidoo who holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information which she earned through UKZN.

Naidoo presented on Networking, giving advice to young women on how to feature themselves on LinkedIn. ‘First impressions count so be very mindful of what you post,’ she said.

The following speaker was Ms Teko Ntimane, who attended the University of Cape Town where she graduated with a BSc degree. Currently employed as a data analyst, she presented under the topic: Build Your Own Brand, informing women about how to compete for job opportunities through marketing their unique brand correctly. ‘Be confident in knowing that your personal brand is who you are,’ said Ntimane.

The final speaker was Ms Ntandokazi Buthelezi, who is passionate about using the power of technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship to sustainably serve and impact communities positively. While studying at UKZN for a BCom degree with a double major in information systems and technology, she was an active member of Enactus UKZN, and is currently the marketing manager for Women in Tech. Buthelezi presented on: How Job Ready You Could Be, highlighting CV writing skills.

There was also an interactive session during which participants had the opportunity to answer questions and win prizes. The winners were: Ms Bongekile Dladla, Ms Zoleka Ntombela, Ms Jessica Collings and Ms Linda Mafanu.

The event would have not been possible without the help of Tech Society UKZN Executive Projects and Events Director Ms Mayuri Pillai; the society’s Deputy President Ms Terese Jasmin Naidoo; Golden Key UKZN Executive Ms Shruthi Thomas; and Tech Society UKZN President and Co-Founder Ms Nitasha Pillay.

Words: Thandeka Mngadi

Photographs: Supplied