Precious Hlatswayo: up-and-coming female plumbing extraordinaire


By Ntsako Khosa

A certified plumber at Burgess and Partners Plumbing Services for over four years, Precious Hlatswayo has a distinct passion for the drainage, installation, and pipework aspects of plumbing. “I like to get my hands dirty,” she laughs.

Precious Hlatswayo: up-and-coming female plumbing extraordinairePRECIOUS HLATSWAYO LOVES HER JOB WORKING AS A PLUMBER.

Becoming a plumber

Her interest in plumbing was piqued after she saw a friend doing a pipework job near her home. “I asked her about what she was doing and she explained it to me,” she says. Inspired, Hlatswayo then applied for a one-year learnership at Watersmith Training Centre. Her schooling was funded by the Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA).

“I like to get my hands dirty.”

Working at Burgess and Partners

Getting a job at her current company happened through applying for an apprenticeship. “I was called in for an interview, and I’ve been working for them since February 2016,” she says. Being the only female plumber in her team, she thanks her managers for always being available to help her. “I’d like to thank Paul and Ntando for always being good to me, always showing me how to work best,” she says.

About her work ethic, Paul says that in the beginning it was difficult, but gradually they came to understand each other. “My aim is to teach her how to do the job well,” he says.

Future aspirations

To cement her professional career, she’d like to learn more about occupational health and safety related to plumbing, as well as specialise in drainage systems. She would also like to further her studies abroad, with the UK being her ideal studying location.