When I want things done, I surround myself with women

Powerhouse Mazibuko works as a general manager National Building Regulations at the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications, which falls within the Department of Trade and Industry.

womens monthHer role as the head of the business unit is to promote uniformity in the interpretation of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act, 1977 (Act No. 103 of 1977). The scope entails development and/or revision, as well as amendment of technical regulations within the built environment on the elements of general building works and trades, such as plumbing, waterproofing, timber, tiling and concrete works. This is the mandate regulated by the NRCS, with the implementation and the enforcement performed by building control officers at local authorities nationwide. This is an oversight role for the NRCS.

Her responsibilities include the administration of the NBR’s Review Board on appeals as per the applicable regulation, as well as ensuring that building defects inspections or architectural investigations are conducted with the Regulator being an impartial party and on request from the minister of Trade and Industry.

The project of which she is most proud is the Alexandra Urban Renewal Project, which entailed the refurbishment of an Alexandra township hostel. It was exciting because it was so emotional, she says. Mazibuko explains that it wasn’t about refurbishing the buildings as a structure, but about bringing hope and changing peoples’ lives.

The biggest challenge she faces in a male-dominated workplace is that men make sure they are heard for the sake of their egos; women on the other hand have to push to get a point across and not just to be seen. “My goal is to overcome this challenge. When I want to talk about what needs to be done, I get men involved, but when I want to get things done … I surround myself with women!” says Mazibuko.

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