Leading the way: award hat trick

Cari Drysdale

Associate Director

Associate Director, Noluthando Molao has won three awards this year, recognising a decade of hard-work and commitment.

The awards highlight the growing importance that the South African property and construction industries are placing on diversity, and in particular on the role of women.

Noluthando’s accolades in 2016 are: the Women in Construction Pioneer of Innovation Award; the Women in Construction Award at the 9th South African Construction Awards; and Professional of the Year, Corporate/ Private Sector at the Women in Property Awards.

After learning about the role of a quantity surveyor from a friend, Noluthando was encouraged to join the industry and started her career as a quantity surveyor before moving into project management. Now based at our Johannesburg office, she has worked on a number of iconic projects, most recently the Gautrain Station Platform Extension at OR Tambo International Airport.

Her role as an associate director includes delivering real estate and infrastructure projects, business development and setting up project teams. With a BSc Hons in Quantity Surveying and a Postgraduate Diploma in Economics, Property Development and Management, she is currently working towards an MBA and is a former finance committee member for the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals.

 Industry involvement is important to her and she has submitted an application to be appointed as a Mentor from 2017 to 2020 with the South African Council for Project and Construction Management Professionals and an Assessor with the Construction Industry Development Board. Recently, she has been appointed by the University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) to share her knowledge as part of the Women Empowerment Programme for the National Home Builders Registration Council. On 10 February 2017, she will be a panellist on the Women in Property Network Gauteng Chapter Leadership Conference. Further, she is part of the judging panel for the Women in Construction Awards 2017.

Noluthando says: “I’d like to encourage other women wanting to break into the construction industry by saying that anything is possible with hard work, perseverance and a plan. It’s vital to remember no one wins alone. I have learnt that different people have different strengths and one should be able to acknowledge this and draw from this.”