TVET colleges are the heartbeat of skills development and artisan training in the SA and as the need for development in various trades and occupations increase, we see more and more woman taking the lead in this regard.

Sharivian Buders a company owned and run by 2 previous West Coast TVET College Students who complete the Department of labour’s National Certificate Building and Civil Construction programme.

Shadika Riddles and Yvonne Solomons showed that their dedication and work was of such a high standard that they got chosen and asked if they would like to start a business and seeing that they were great friends the answer was and overwhelming “Yes”. They received R20 00 to register and start their business.

Said Yvonne: “I heard about the opportunity from a family member who knew that I have an interest in construction sector. Although I had some concerns regarding the possible age restrictions required by the programmes. I stayed steadfast in my faith and knew that this opportunity was mine,”

Sharivian is a combination of Shadika and Yvonne names and specializes in paving, plastering and building projects.

“We would like to encourage other women to follow their dreams and be grounded in their faith” said Shadika and Yvonne.