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BVI - Women in Industry

25th August 2023


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Farah Bawa - Civil Engineer

Farah Bawa works as a project leader in the civil services department at BVi Consulting Engineers. Born on  4 December 1992 in Cape Town, she focuses mainly on township development, specialising in designing and constructing critical civil infrastructure, including gravity sewer pipelines, bulk water mains, stormwater systems, and internal services.

Her role also extends to representing private clients as an Employer’s Agent, overseeing project documentation from concept to completion.

She obtained a BSc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Her unique management style emphasises fostering positive energy within her team, promoting efficiency and cultivating an atmosphere of approachability.

She expertly assigns tasks and deadlines, ensuring a balanced workload while prioritising tasks to prevent burnout.

Open communication is a hallmark of her leadership, as she keeps her team informed about project deadlines and aligns them with overarching company goals.

One of her proudest accom­plishments is turning the question “where do you see yourself in five years” into a reality. Her journey has been characterised by both achievement and enjoyment. Embracing the wisdom of “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life,” she embodies passion and dedication in her work.

Bawa admires Meghan Markle and resonates with the philosophy of continuous self-improvement. Her message of empowerment to other women leaders is to hone your strengths, address your weaknesses, and embrace change.


Mercia Best - Currently a Professional Town Planner and GIS Analyst

Born on 28 March, my formative years were shaped amidst the tranquil streets of Pretoria.
I achieved my Bachelors (Hons) Degree in Town and Regional Planning from the University of Pretoria, in 2017.

Furthering my academic pursuits, I acquired an NQF Level 8-certificate in Geo-Informatics from the University of Johannesburg, in 2022. Currently, I am in the process of obtaining my Masters Degree in Land and Property Development Management from the University of the Free State, with graduation anticipated in 2024.

My personal philosophy is rooted in the principle of entrusting the journey and taking ownership of one’s destiny through the virtues of discipline, dedication, determination and drive.

Seeking to cultivate resilience and forward-focused thinking, I aim to uncover meaningful moments and modest triumphs within each day. At the heart of my professional approach lies a commitment to ongoing education. I believe in the power of perpetual learning, not solely for refining skills but also for fostering collaborative relationships, seeking insight, and engaging with multi-disciplinary mentors.

This philosophy shapes both my management style and my message to fellow women.

I advocate for an approach that encourages lifelong learning and emphasises the importance of soft and hard skills development, empowerment, consultation and collaborative endeavors.

Amongst individuals I hold in high esteem, Advocate Thuli Madonsela stands out. Her embodiment of strength and integrity resonates deeply with me, making her someone I aspire to meet and learn from.


Fumane Mpenyane - Junior Civil Engineer

Hailing from Tzaneen, in Limpopo, Fumane Mpenyane is a rising star in the field of civil engineering and currently works as a junior civil engineer at BVi Consulting Engineers in the Western Cape.

Mpenyane’s journey is one characterised by resilience, dedication and a commitment to fostering growth both in herself and in those she works with.

With an academic background that boasts a Masters of Civil Engineering and a BSc in Civil Engineering, her dedication to learning and honing her craft is evident.

Her management style is one of mentorship and supportive coaching, focused on nurturing skills development.

This approach not only empowers her team but also creates an environment where long-term growth is encouraged, and collaboration flourishes.

One of her proudest achievements is the completion of her Masters in Civil Engineering, a feat she accomplished amidst challenging circumstances.

This accomplishment is a testament to her determination and passion for her chosen field.

In her pursuit of inspiration, Mpenyane aspires to meet Oprah Winfrey, a symbol of empowerment and leadership.

Her philosophy of life is deeply introspective – she believes that true power emanates from a posture of stillness, in contrast to the more aggressive stance of strength.

For fellow women leaders in South Africa’s business community, she offers a powerful message: embrace the journey of growth, where failures are stepping stones to success.


Christelle van der Walt - Structural Technologist

Christelle van der Walt, born on March 10, 1991, works as a Structural Technologist at BVi Consulting Engineers, where she focuses on the design of steel and concrete structures which shape the built environment.

Beyond traditional approaches, she excels in presenting 3D structural models through cutting-edge software, showcasing her commitment to embracing technology’s forefront.

Her educational foundation is a blend of ambition and persistence. She completed her National Diploma in Civil Engineering at Tshwane University of Technology and further honed her expertise by obtaining a B Tech in Structural Engineering from UNISA.

In the realm of management, she advocates for a democratic style that values every team member’s input.

By fostering an atmosphere of inclusion, she encourages the growth and self-improvement of her colleagues.

Amidst her professional accom­plishments, her personal best achievement shines brightly: becoming a mother.

This pivotal life event has illuminated the profound importance of balance.

While her work is significant, the cherished moments spent with her family have taken precedence, underscoring the essence of time and its true value.

As a beacon of inspiration for other women leaders in South Africa’s business community, she imparts invaluable wisdom.

Embracing one’s power as a woman in a traditionally male-dominated landscape is a transformative act.

Her message resonates clearly: never underestimate your influence, and continuously strive to be the epitome of your potential.


Tshepo Tleane - Graduate Civil Engineer / Engineer in Training

Tshepo Tleane is a Graduate Civil Engineer at BVi Consulting Engineers, a multidisciplinary engineering consultancy offering a range of services that encompass engineering, procurement and management.  

Holding a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Wits University, this young professional has already demonstrated a remarkable dedication to learning and growth.

Her journey is characterised by a desire to contribute to meaningful and sustainable infrastructure developments.

Embracing a democratic manage­ment style, Tleane values colla­boration and the power of diverse perspectives. This approach fosters an environment where every voice is heard, propelling the team towards innovation and excellence.

A pivotal moment in her journey is marked by achieving a degree in Civil Engineering and the privilege of honing her skills at BVi.

This achievement serves as a stepping stone towards her goal of making a tangible difference in people’s lives through impactful infrastructure development.

The person who she would most like to meet is Jacinda Ardern, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Guided by the maxim, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” this engineer envisions a future where she is able to contribute to elevating living standards and dignity through sustainable infrastructure projects.

This quote serves as both a compass and a challenge, a reminder that meaningful change begins with a proactive approach.


Simphiwe Nduzi - Engineering Technologist

As an Engineering Technologist at BVi Consulting Engineers, Simphiwe Nduzi shines with a distinctive journey that exemplifies dedication, balance and the pursuit of excellence. Navigating the intersection of professional aspirations and personal responsibilities, her story resonates as an inspiring narrative within the South African business community. Nduzi’s primary role centres around the implementation of housing projects and township services. Her contributions shape communities and infrastructure that impacts the lives of others.

Her educational journey is marked by the attainment of a B Tech in Civil Engineering, a testament to her commitment to honing her skills and expertise. With a forward-thinking approach, her management style champions equality by providing equal opportunities for growth and development within her team. A remarkable milestone in her journey is the achievement of her Bachelor of Technology degree, a noteworthy accomplishment that stands alongside a decade since completing her Diploma. This accomplishment underscores her unwavering dedication and pursuit of continuous improvement.

Among her aspirations lies the desire to meet Thuli Madonsela, a prominent figure known for her commitment to justice and social change. Nduzi’s philosophy of life revolves around the principles of hard work and placing faith in God’s guidance in all endeavours. As a single mother navigating the demanding landscape of professional growth, she offers a powerful message to fellow women leaders when she acknowledges the challenges of balancing work and motherhood, highlighting the importance of women’s potential to thrive.

She believes that a career should not come at the expense of raising future leaders, but rather that the pursuit of professional goals can coexist harmoniously with nurturing responsibilities.

Her message serves as a reminder that women leaders have the capability to excel in their careers while being devoted parents and shaping a better future for all.


Khuselwa Ntlonti - Group HR Manager

In the dynamic world of human resources, Khuselwa Ntlonti stands as a beacon of inspiration and transformation. Her role as Group Human Resources (HR) Manager of BVi Consulting Engineers is a testament to her leadership. Ntlonti’s responsibilities include managing the organisation’s HR processes, and offering support to regional HR officers, employees and management. Additionally, she undertakes the comprehensive management of Gauteng’s HR processes – from the initial stages of recruitment all the way through to the exit process.

Her educational journey is a fusion of skills, blending a National Diploma in Accounting with a B Com in Human Resources Management. This unique combination equips her with a multifaceted perspective that enriches her HR leadership. Her management style is a blend of consultation and leading by example. This approach not only empowers her team but also sets a standard of dedication and excellence. One of Ntlonti’s most notable accomplishments is her decision to pivot her career while managing familial responsibilities. This risk allowed her to find fulfillment in work that resonates with her soul – a journey many admire for its courage and determination.

An individual who inspires her is Oprah Winfrey, a symbol of empowerment and leadership. Ntlonti’s philosophy of life mirrors resilience and adaptability – the ability to transform challenges into opportunities, much like turning lemons into lemonade.

For women leaders in South Africa’s business community, she offers a compelling message of encouragement. She recognises the challenges and sacrifices that come with these roles and underscores the significance of maintaining a work-life balance. Her approach is both pragmatic and empowering: aim to be better than you were yesterday, without the unnecessary pressure of competing against others.


Asive Ndonyana - Civil Engineering Technologist

I am Asive Ndonyana, a dedicated Civil Engineering Technologist with a strong passion for my field.
At 28 years old, I hail from the village of Mconco in Libode, reflecting a determined and ambitious journey as a young black professional.

My most notable accomplishment lies in my educational journey and the pursuit of my career, which holds particular significance due to the challenges I faced growing up.

Raised primarily by my older sister following the untimely passing of both my parents during my formative years, I persevered to carve a path of success. The driving force behind my endeavours is a deep-seated determination to excel, not only for my personal growth but also to honour the memory of my parents and bring pride to my sister.

In my professional capacity, my responsibilities encompass the design and drafting of critical systems including stormwater, water and sewer reticulation, alongside building platforms.

My approach to management is participative, fostering collaboration and inclusivity within my team.

I firmly believe that success is derived from collective efforts and diverse perspectives.

My life philosophy centres on self-improvement rather than comparison with others.

This perspective propels me forward and keeps me focused on my individual growth trajectory.

To fellow women leaders, my message is one of continuous learning and embracing mistakes as essential stepping stones to growth.
Cultivating a mindset of adaptability and resilience fosters not only personal development but also contributes to effective leadership.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter



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