Our Final Featured BBF Superwomen

Our Final Featured BBF Superwomen

Our Final Featured BBF Superwomen | #SalutingIndustrySuperwomen Behind BBF Safety Group is a team of strong, talented, ambitious woman driving our business. Over the past three weeks, we’ve been finding out more about their journeys to where they are today, the challenges they’ve overcome and why they remain fiercely committed to the safety industry. Here are the final four featured formidable ladies of BBF Safety Group: Thulie Khumalo- Making Supervisor What has been the highlight of your career journey? Being a Supervisor. I enjoy dealing with people and the communication with employees. As a supervisor, I need to make sure my communication is always strong and open to be trusted by the team. What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced, being a women in a male-dominated industry? As a mother, I feel concern when someone is struggling emotionally and things aren’t going well for them. So, I often find myself taking on a ‘social worker’ role when I see that employees are not performing and ask them questions and listen to their problems. This can be tough emotionally, but I care about the people I work with. How have you overcome these challenges? I trust God, which helps me overcome any challenges. I don’t let challenges stand in the way of my work. – I stick to my goals. Why are you so committed to the industry, despite these challenges? I believe in myself and what I can do, even though the industry is tough. I believe in sticking to your goals – no industry is easy, there will always be challenges. Why do you think it’s...
This Week’s Resilient Superwomen

This Week’s Resilient Superwomen

This Week’s Resilient Superwomen | #SalutingIndustrySuperwomen For more than a decade, Sisi has been supporting and celebrating women in industry by designing safety wear that caters to their specific needs. This Women’s Month, Sisi has been celebrating the women in our own business who play a significant role in keeping people safe at work. Here are another 4 of the remarkable women of BBF Safety Group, sharing their journeys and challenges faced in the industry. Verna Lavens – Senior Supervisor What has been the highlight of your career journey? Becoming a Team Leader was a great highlight for me. Then, a year later, I was made Supervisor, followed by Senior Supervisor. I’m very proud of these accomplishments. What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced, being a women in a male-dominated industry? I have experienced being undermined as a woman. Men often treat women as though they don’t have the skills or knowledge for certain roles. How have you overcome these challenges? I have always believed in myself. I don’t let anyone let me think less of myself and I don’t feel intimidated by men. Why are you so committed to the industry, despite these challenges? I love my work. I love being with people – helping and motivating them. Why do you think it’s important for more women to be part of this industry? To empower themselves. And to empower all women. I think it’s important for women to set an example to help shift the mindset of women – to not think any less of themselves because of the actions of others. Woman power! What message...
#SalutingIndustrySuperwomen | Week 2

#SalutingIndustrySuperwomen | Week 2

In case you missed last week’s post, this Women’s Month, we’re celebrating and saluting the formidable women within the BBF Safety Group who help shape and contribute to the safety industry.  They opened up about the challenges they’ve faced in a male-dominated industry and how they’ve overcome them. Here are this week’s featured BBF Safety Group Superwomen: Sharonessa Kemp- Senior Supervisor What has been the highlight of your career journey? Being promoted to a Senior Supervisor. What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced, being a women in a male-dominated industry? My greatest challenges have been overall inequality and a lack of acceptance. How have you overcome these challenges? I had to work twice as hard to gain respect and feel like part of the team amongst men. Why are you so committed to the industry, despite these challenges? I’ve been in the industry for almost 25 years and have grown such a deep passion for every aspect of my work. That is what drives my commitment. Why do you think it’s important for more women to be part of this industry? I think women have been so influenced by media and opinion and as a result, often think that big, important job titles are only for men. We must change our mindset, set bigger goals for ourselves and go for them – any women can achieve anything in life. What message do you have for other women facing challenges and obstacles in their career journeys? Believe in what you want so much that it doesn’t have a choice but to materialise.   Virginia Qobo – Production Coordinator...
Sisi Salutes Industry Superwomen

Sisi Salutes Industry Superwomen

For more than a decade, Sisi has been proudly servicing the workplace safety needs of female workers. As one of BBF Safety Group’s market-leading brands, Sisi supports the right of women in industry to safety wear that’s designed specifically to suit the needs of the female anatomy, as opposed to that of their male counterparts. The Sisi range of safety footwear, workwear and most recently, fall-arrest systems, gives women the freedom to work with the comfort and dignity that they deserve, allowing them to focus on the task at hand by eliminating distractions caused through ill-fitting PPE. Industry women have spoken and Sisi has heard them. This Women’s Month, Sisi celebrates the formidable women within the BBF Safety Group who make a remarkable contribution to the business and the manufacturing industry at large. Each week this month, we’ll be featuring several of these women who opened up to us about their journeys to where they are today, the challenges they’ve overcome and why they remain fiercely committed to the safety industry. Here are this week’s featured BBF Safety Group Superwomen: Wendy Vaaltyn – Production Supervisor What has been the highlight of your career journey? Having the opportunity to work for and grow with the business for 25 years has been an amazing experience. I have felt such appreciation from the company for my potential, ability and loyalty. What are some of the greatest challenges you’ve faced, being a women in a male-dominated industry? Shifting the mindset of some employees around female women in the industry – especially in leadership – has been my greatest challenge. How have you overcome...
Sisi unveils Fall Arrest System for women

Sisi unveils Fall Arrest System for women

Extending its commitment and support to women in industry, Sisi unveils a new product range – fall arrest systems for women working at heights. Sisi Safety Wear has taken yet another step in its effort to support women working in industry by unveiling a range of fall arrest systems (harnesses with permanently attached lanyards), specifically designed for women who work at heights. “This is a very exciting move for Sisi, which once again underscores our commitment to women who work in traditionally-male dominated industry sectors. We believe that women should have access to Personal Protective Equipment that has been designed to fit the female anatomy and not that of their male counterparts,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi. The leading local manufacturer of women’s PPE has unveiled five different harnesses in its Core and Core+ Ranges, adding to the already trusted line of Sisi-branded protective clothing and footwear designed for women. The Core Range offers three standard harnesses with permanently attached, single- or double-leg shock absorbing lanyards, with snap or scaffolding hooks, while the Core+ Range includes two belted harnesses with permanently attached, double-leg, shock absorbing lanyards with snap or scaffolding hooks and adjustable shoulder straps. Sisi Fall Arrest Specialist, Ruaan Breedt, explains that what is especially unique about the Sisi Fall Arrest range, is its consideration of the female form through the development of its adjustable and elasticated chest strap. For women, the risk of injury does not stop when the fall does. If placed below the bust area, polyester webbing (typically found in men’s harnesses) can rise aggressively up and over the bust at the...
Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi teams up with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education

Sisi Safety Wear and the Stellenbosch Municipality provided much-needed sanitary products to underprivileged girls, who often miss school during their periods. In commemoration of Youth Month, Sisi, a safety wear brand for women within the BBF Safety Group, has partnered with the Stellenbosch Municipality and the Department of Education to donate reusable sanitary pads to 427 girls, across seven schools, in the greater Stellenbosch area. The brand, which has brought much needed awareness around the differences between the anatomy of men and women and the need for gender specific personal protective equipment in the workforce, to improve productivity and comfort to working women, wanted to address the issues surrounding absenteeism of young girls from school due to the unaffordability of sanitary hygiene products when menstruating. According to a study by the Stellenbosch University’s Law Clinic,  about 30% of girls in South Africa miss  school when they are menstruating, because they cannot afford sanitary products.  As such, a girl could lose about 90 days of schooling a year, due to issues relating to menstruation. Many can’t catch up on vital schoolwork, ruining their end-year results, and their chances to earn grades that would qualify them for tertiary education.  “This is such an exciting project. It’s not just about donating sanitary pads to these girls; it’s about giving them a future. As a rising number of working women enter into areas once deemed the preserve of men, it is important that girls receive a solid education that sets them up to receive a tertiary education in the fields of commerce and sciences,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at Sisi. Along...