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Empowering women in business
​UMlazi born businesswoman Dudu Macu aims to inspire
a generation of women to aspire for the best.
WITH women empowerment being one of her key driving forces, Durban-born businesswoman Dudu Macu is on a mission to inspire a generation. Macu recently took over Babore, one of South Africa’s major mechanical road sweeping and cleaning companies.

While the majority of their work is undertaken in Gauteng, Macu is already setting her sights on
tackling Durban’s streets with the business’s unique method of mechanical road sweeping and cleaning. “I’ve been based in Gauteng for a long time, but I’ve always wanted to come back to Durban and give back to my community. This is what I am doing with Babore. The time is now to build up my base in Durban, train women for the job and inspire them,” she said.

At Babore, women are employed as safety officers, drivers and many other operation roles. “We have made a conscious decision to empower women, we are aware of what that job means for a woman providing for her family,” she said.The Babore cleaning trucks sweep dirt off the road which is vacuumed into a holder. Macu says this is important in that small objects do not end up clogging the stormwater drains, which can lead to flooding in city areas. Sanral is one of the major companies that use Babore trucks on the roads.

There are usually a team of several members who go out on a job, which means more people are employed to undertake the work. The company also employs staff with disabilities. Macu said, she has already begun building capacity in uMlazi by assisting women with finance to obtain Code 14 driver’s licence. “We all have to play part in building our country and I want to play part in inspiring and empowering women,” she said.

arthi.gopi@durban.gov.za
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