Sunday Observer : 2019-01-06

NEWS : 16 : 16


NEWS SundayObserver 16 January 6, 2019 Phenomenal woman: Dr Gcebekile Dlamini stays grounded despite ambition doctor. economic development space. “Golden t hr e a d. Human bei ngs. Development. Programming and Management.” She views construction as a complex but fascinating industry and a combination of the latter concepts. Despite achieving all this at a relatively young age, 34, she did not always know what she wanted to do as dreams changed according to circumstances and influence she encountered. STORIES BY THEMBEKA DLAMINI “Not only did I excel in sciences, I was always in the top five of the class.” She says she was motivated by the stiff competition, as well as the fact that monthly test scores were read out at assembly. “My name had to be there. So, the buzz professions where ‘doctors, lawyers and scientists.” Despite this impression to embark on any of the careers which were at that time thought to be top-notch, her fancies changed. “Somewhere along the line, I realised that I loved cooking and that being a dietician or nutritionist was a worthy career path.” ‘ Do what scares and makes you happy’. These are the words by which Dr Gcebekile Tikhokhile Dlamini lives and strives. Despite the seriousness of the title, she does not let it stifle her as she has over the years kept her wit and humorous disposition. To this end, she says PhD stands for ‘permanent head damage’. Dr Dlamini attained her PhD in Construction Management in 2014. Not only is she the first local woman to achieve this feat, she seems to be the only one with such a qualification locally. “I have four degreed qualifications, in a nonconventional fashion,” says the Construction Industry Council Operations, Procurement and Compliance Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law, BA Honours Sociology, Master of Arts Development Studies and PhD Construction Management. “I can never study the same thing twice,” she admits, as an explanation for her wide-ranging qualifications. She always intended to have a career in the socio- Construction Asked how she came about to find herself in the construction industry, she responds, “That has been an interesting journey.” She recalls her St Michael’ s High S c hool S c i e nce Teacher Mrs Mensah, who impressed on her that she could be a PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 . . . . . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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