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Wednesday, 06 November 2019

First woman driver appointed

To all the young women out there: never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.

This is the view of Khumbula Toto, the first woman driver in CPUT’s Transport Department. The former child minder is so excited for achieving this milestone. I am delighted to be here; I love this job. I hope this will give me more opportunities to pursue my studies in Business Management.”

The single mother who enjoys working with people from diverse cultures says she enjoys working in a safe environment with conducive working conditions that she finds herself in.

“I hope this will open doors for many women in the department [transport] and the institution at large. The transport industry is dominated by males. This is a liberal time and opportunity for women especially the youth to know that there is nothing that they cannot do which can be done by men.”

As a childminder, the hardworking mother of one (boy) obtained her Early Childhood Development Diploma and three certificates through the Transport Education and Training Authority. To empower herself further, while she was a bus driver at Golden Arrow, Toto obtained a Certificate in Customer Service. The determined driver enrolled for Business Management at False Bay College but she dropped out because she couldn’t juggle between work commitments, family and her studies. “I like to experience different things in life. I am like a tree with many branches.”

The bubbly driver adds that her aspirations are to obtain PHD and become an entrepreneur. “I want to be an inspiration to many young women who have lost hope. “You must know that you are worthwhile and meritorious and meriting every chance and opportunity in the world to live your dreams."

Written by Aphiwe Boyce