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Women’s Report Launch

  • 02 AUG 2018

You are warmly invited to the launch of the South African Board for People Practices Women’s Report 2018 (SABPP Women’s Report 2018). The theme of this year’s report is, Advancing the case for women blue-collar workers.
Prof Anita Bosch, editor of the report and associate professor at USB, will be joined by experts in this field to highlight the important points for industry to consider about the employment of women blue-collar workers.

We look forward to hosting you!

DATE: Thursday, 2 August 2018
TIME: 07:30 for 08:00 – 10:30
VENUE: Lecture Hall 210, USB Main Building, Tygervalley Business District | Map
COST: Free

About the 2018 report

As an underrepresented group in women’s workplace literature, blue-collar workers feature deservingly in this year’s women’s report. Working in predominantly male-dominated jobs and industries, with the exception of the clothing and textile industry in South Africa, these women often hold jobs that support entire families on a single income[1]. Since little is published on the life and work of women blue-collar workers in South Africa, this year’s edition of the Women’s Report covers an interesting spectrum of contributions, offering focused chapters to start addressing this gap.

We trust that the Women’s Report will enable not only debate but also fruitful action towards the inclusion and equality of women blue-collar workers.

Event Speakers

Prof Anita Bosch
Editor of the SABPP Women’s Report

Prof Anita Bosch holds a PhD from the School of Management of the University of Southampton (UK). She is an Associate Professor at the Stellenbosch Business School, where she researches women at work and teaches in the human capital management and leadership tracks. She is the editor of the annual Women’s Report of the SABPP, and has published numerous public reports, articles, and book chapters on diversity and women’s issues.
She was recognized in the 2016 edition of Marie Claire, in an article titled 16 women challenging SA for the better: Talking about a revolution, and is consulted on women’s issues for Women’s Health and by the Business Women’s Association of South Africa for the Women in Leadership Census, SA’s only indicator of women’s representation in positions of leadership.


Prof Hugo Pienaar
Senior lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking

Professor Hugo Pienaar has vast experience in employment law, litigation, and dispute resolution, and represents many major corporations in South Africa. He has acted as a judge in the Labour Court, and lectures employment law part-time to postgraduates at various tertiary institutions and for the Law Society of South Africa. He has contributed to textbooks, and served on the government task team established to compile labour legislation for the state. Hugo led a study group to Malaysia and Australia to research the application of affirmative action. He has also advised on contributed to the development of a labour framework for a major institution in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, Hugo has advised on a labour framework for a Japan-based motor-manufacturing company. He is professor extraordinaire at the North-West University and visiting professor at the University of the Free State.


Prinoleen Naidoo

Prinoleen began her career in Employment Law in 2010 as a Candidate Attorney at Jay Reddy Attorneys and was appointed as an Associate at the same firm in 2013. She joined Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr as an Associate in 2017.




Dr Lize Barclay
Senior lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking

Dr Lize Barclay studied Town and Regional Planning at North West University and then worked as a town planner in consulting and, thereafter, local government, in Phalaborwa, Limpopo Province. From 2002, she was a lecturer at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of the Free State. In December 2017, she joined USB as Senior Lecturer in Futures Studies and Systems Thinking. Her current research explores gaming, cyberpunk, gentrification, hipster culture, gender, the 4th Industrial Revolution, indigenous knowledge systems, and policies and their future impact. She also runs a boutique consultancy called Question Unknown Infinity.


Dr Tessa Wright
Reader in Human Resource Management at Queen Mary University

Dr Tessa Wright is Reader in Human Resource Management at the Centre for Research in Equality and Diversity, School of Business and Management, at Queen Mary University of London. She has researched and written widely on equality at work, with a focus on gender, sexuality, and intersectionality, particularly in male-dominated sectors and occupations such as the fire service, construction, and transport. She is interested in interventions to overcome gender inequality at work, including in trade union action, and her current research focuses on public procurement as a tool for advancing equality in employment. She is the author of Gender and sexuality in male-dominated occupations: Women workers in construction and transport (2016), and co-editor, with Hazel Conley, of the Gower Handbook of Discrimination at Work (2011).


Dr Babita Mathur-Helm
Senior lecturer in leadership and diversity management at USB

Dr Babita is a senior lecturer in leadership, change management, human capital management, and diversity management on the USB’s MBA programme, amongst others. She holds a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Gujarat, India. Her research focus ranges across leadership studies, gender studies, cross-cultural diversity, broad-based black economic empowerment and change management, and she has published in journals locally and overseas, and has authored book chapters.
Prior to her academic career in management, she practised as a clinical psychologist. She has received a fellowship in organisational development: Process work & Process Facilitation as a professional qualification from the Indian Society for Individual and Social Development. She is also a visiting professor of Leadership Development Studies at Mannheim University Business School, Germany.


Commissioner Nthabiseng Moleko
Commission for Gender Equality & Lecturer in Managerial Economics and Statistics

Nthabiseng is a Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equality, and was appointed a member of the Ikhala TVET College Council in 2014. She was recently to serve as a Board of Trustee for the National Empowerment Fund. She has also served as a non-executive director of Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA), interim chairperson of the Hamburg Artists’ Retreat, and member of Walter Sisulu University Industry Advisory Board. As a former CEO at the Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA) and project manager and researcher at the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC), she has worked extensively in the economic development landscape, which is also her passion. She has published three books: Career Guidance and Technical Training: A solution for youth unemployment, and two anthologies of poetry, Abundant Living and Been Chasing Destiny.

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