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Sisi Footwear Catalogue 2019 | Vol 01

Sisi Ladies Safety Wear Catalogue 2019 | Vol 1

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  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on Sisi Safety Wear's website for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
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  1. The materials on Sisi Safety Wear's website are provided on an 'as is' basis. Sisi Safety Wear makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties including, without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights.
  2. Further, Sisi Safety Wear does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Sisi Safety Wear or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Sisi Safety Wear's website, even if Sisi Safety Wear or a Sisi Safety Wear authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Accuracy of materials

The materials appearing on Sisi Safety Wear's website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Sisi Safety Wear does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete or current. Sisi Safety Wear may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. However Sisi Safety Wear does not make any commitment to update the materials.

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Sisi Safety Wear has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Sisi Safety Wear of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user's own risk.

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Sisi Safety Wear may revise these terms of service for its website at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these terms of service.

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This policy is effective as of 4 September 2018.

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YKK Zippers:

Sisi Safety Wear makes use of YKK zippers, a global leader in fastening products. This quality selection improves the durability of the garments, enhancing their longevity. YKK zippers conform to SANS 1822 standards.

Triple Stitching:

All conti suits and boiler suits have been manufactured with triple stitched seams, ensuring enhanced durability against wear and tear. All pockets have been double stitched with bar tacked stress points for added strength and improved storage capabilities.

VizliteTM

Our Reflective and Tri-reflect ranges are engineered utilising VizLite™ Dual Technology, the leaders in reflective tapes. VizLite™ is certified to EN 20471:2013 and ANSI 107:2015 international standards for high visibility clothing.
View the benefits of using VizLite™ Dual Technology

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Flame Retardant

Our flame retardant range is chemically treated to ensure that the material has the ability to self-extinguish upon the removal of an ignition source, such as a flame or spark.

Da Gama

All 100% cotton garments within the Sisi work wear range are manufactured using fabrics sourced from Da Gama Textiles, one of the largest and most established consolidated textile producers in South Africa. Sisi is dedicated to supplying quality women’s work wear made from SABS-approved fabrics.

100% Cotton

All 100% cotton fabrics used in the Sisi Safety Wear range are proudly sourced in South Africa.

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The practical problems of working women in working men’s clothing

February 22nd, 2019 by

South Africa is seeing an increase in female workers in industrial environments as the traditional barriers of gender specific roles are being broken down.  However, from a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) perspective, women are still pigeon-holed with the expectation that they should wear either male or unisex PPE.  There is a fundamental difference in the size and shape between a woman and man’s body, often creating discomfort and even potential risk for women. Furthermore, what many businesses don’t realise is that ill-fitting PPE is impacting the productivity of the female workforce in the workplace.

        

The Hazards

The basic concept of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to protect the worker from the potential hazards in their working environment. When it comes to safety footwear, the hazards may include slipping, falling objects, corrosive chemicals and solvents, sharp protruding metals and shavings and anti-static charges just to name a few. PPE is supposed to protect a person from these dangers in the workplace.

One Size Does Not Fit All

If we look at a typical woman’s foot, the contours differ to that of a man’s in that the female foot is generally narrower. As such, a women’s size five shoe would need to be shaped differently to that of a man’s size five shoe, ensuring a comfortable and secure fit.

A man’s shoe may fit a woman’s foot from the toe to the heel, however, it would typically be too wide in breadth. And as a result, her foot may oscillate within the shoe. Overtime, the oscillation puts strain on her ankle, which leads to strain on the knee and subsequently strain on her hip. What may begin as minor discomfit may result in injury as the years go by. In the case of women who have narrow heels, the potential of slipping out of the boot becomes a daily risk thereby counteracting the sole purpose for wearing safety footwear in the first place. Instead of focusing on the daily task at hand, a woman is being mindful of her ill-fitting footwear, thereby decreasing her productive output.

In the case of workwear (such as conti-suits, boiler suits etc), the difference between the shape of a man’s and a woman’s body is more evident. Despite this, there is still a trend of procuring men’s workwear or unisex workwear for women. I believe that this is due to the fact that the consequences and daily struggles of ill-fitting workwear for women are not understood.

With regards to the trousers, women naturally have wider hips and a more pronounced posterior. As a result, the pattern of the trousers needs to be cut differently to accommodate the difference in shape. Failure to do so can result in the trousers sitting below the belly button section. For women who have given birth through a caesarean section, there are often complaints that the button places unwanted pressure on the scarring area causing major discomfit. Furthermore, when a woman bends over – a task that is common for those wearing conti-trousers – the trouser waist band typically falls below her hip region exposing the top half of her posterior. This not only compromises her dignity in front of her colleagues, but often results in her wearing nylon tights under her trousers. The consequences of wearing nylon tights for a prolonged period of time, especially in the South Africa climate, have been well-documented. The nylon material does not absorb moisture and subsequently the skin remains damp and becomes a breeding ground for fungus and bacteria.

When it comes to jackets, unlike men, women generally have a smaller back area, but a more pronounced chest area. There are typically two issues that arise  when issuing women with men’s conti-jackets. Either, jackets are sourced to fit the waist area, hip length and arm length causing tightness in the chest area thereby restricting flexibility and movement and exposing a woman’s mid-drift when raising her arms. Alternatively, the jackets are sourced to fit the pronounced chest area, resulting in a baggy, uncomfortable fit, where the arms and hip length are compromised.

Further to this, the female shape varies from one woman to another. Some have a larger chest area, but smaller hip area, whilst others have an extended hip area but a smaller chest area. In other cases, some women have proportional hip to chest areas. As a result, assuming that conti-suits for women can be purchased as a set (jackets and trousers together) is another misconception.

The point to be noted when it comes to ill-fitting workwear is that instead of focussing on the job at hand, one’s attention is being diverted through the discomfit.

According to Industrial psychologist, Uma Naidoo, if one is not comfortable in their attire, which they use for approximately eight hours of the day, this could lead to frustration, poor concentration, increased breaks and many other debilitating effects on productivity. She confirms that if you are uncomfortable in your clothing, you are not functioning at your best.

Lack of Awareness

Historically, industry was dominated by men. Manufacturers of PPE focused their time and effort producing garments that would suit the contours of a man’s body, in an effort to improve comfort and increase productivity. With more and more women entering into areas once deemed the preserve of men, there needs to be a shift in the way that PPE is procured for the workforce, if productivity is to be maximised.

Much research has been spent looking into the ergonomics of a corporate space with proven results. If the same concept is applied to those wearing Workwear, we can conclude that the more comfortable a worker is, the better they will perform.

About Sisi

Established in 2008, Sisi Safety Wear is a brand of women-specific Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that falls within the BBF Safety Group (Pty) Ltd (BBF) stable. Sisi Safety Wear was initially developed to provide a solution for women looking for a safety footwear offering that was suited to the contours of a women’s foot. A decade after it launched, the brand successfully expanded its product offering into workwear through its careful consideration of the functional and fit requirements of women working in industry. The Sisi Safety Footwear for Women range comprises 14 styles across 2 shapes – standard and narrow. The range is available in single density and dual density.  Sisi Safety Workwear for Women range of safety wear is tailored to the contours of a women’s body. A key differentiator in the Sisi safety workwear range is that it allows for all trousers and jackets to be sold separately to ensure that those with large bust areas, but small hip areas, or vice versa, can still have a comfortable fit. Sisi’s Head Office is based in Pinetown, Durban, and focuses on making women in industry more comfortable and productive in the workplace.

To view the SISI Safety Wear Range visit https://www.sisi.co.za/safety-wear/

 

 

Now Introducing Our Inaugural Range of Safety Wear

September 14th, 2018 by

Through extensive research and consultation with women in industry, Sisi has launched a range of safety wear that challenges the status quo that one size fits all. With an understanding that not all women are shaped the same, Sisi introduces the first range of locally manufactured safety wear to offer 3 UNIQUE CUTS FOR WOMEN: Standard, Extended and Maternity.

Incorporating internationally recognised finishes, such a VizLite™ reflective tape and YKK zippers, Sisi has once again shown its commitment to empowering the lives of the women who shape our world.

OUR LOCALLY MANUFACTURED RANGE FEATURES THREE DIFFERENT CUTS:

THE STANDARD CUT: This cut caters for the typical differences between a woman’s and a man’s body, accommodating for the hip and bust areas.

THE EXTENDED CUT: This cut has been designed to accommodate for a bust size that is not typically proportional to the waist area and a larger posterior that is not typically proportionate to the hip area.

THE MATERNITY CUT: This cut has been designed to accommodate for a bust size that is not typically proportional to the waist area and a larger posterior that is not typically proportionate to the hip area.

All trousers and jackets are sold separately to ensure that those with large bust areas, but small hip areas, or vice versa, can still ensure a comfortable fit.

This Sisi range further caters to the functional requirements of women in industry, placing emphasis on creating garments that not only fit comfortably, but also address the practical requirements of those wearing safety wear in the field, often in the company of men.  Apart from the extensions made to the length of garments to prevent the exposure of the back and midriff areas when bending over or raising arms, our range of boiler suits has looked to maintain the dignity of women in the mining industry who are often challenged by the practicalities of using ablution facilities when wearing standard boiler suit.

The V-flap enables women to easily relieve themselves on-site without having to remove the upper part of the garment and expose themselves, while the darker colour featured on the upper thigh and hip area of our unbleached boiler suits prevents the exposure of sanitary accidents while on-site. These women are geared with more than just safety wear and often have to carry around or wear other equipment, such as hard hats, cap lamps, belts, rescue and sanitary packs and the like for the entire day.  The inclusion of the V-flap ensures much-needed convenience and keeps them from having to remove all of their gear before using basic on-site ablution facilities.

Sisi is proud to introduce its inaugural range of safety wear, shaped for women who shape our world.

To view the SISI Range visit www.sisi.co.za

Footcare During Pregnancy

September 10th, 2018 by

You may not always be able to see them during your pregnancy, but taking good care of your feet while pregnant can play a large role in minimising discomfort. Here are some of the ways in which pregnancy affects your feet and what measures you can take for each of them.

Ankle swelling

As your tummy becomes larger and heavier, more pressure is placed on the pelvis. This causes swelling in the feet and ankles and may also cause cramping in the legs.

What to do

  • Put your feet up as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of water – this helps to flush away swelling.
  • Avoid foods high in salt that will retain water.
  • Soak swollen, painful feet at the end of the day in cool water.
  • Stretch cramping muscles.
  • Exercise your calf muscles after standing or sitting for a long time by doing heel raises, as shown below. Hold onto a nearby surface and go up and down onto your tiptoes and back on your heel.

Foot discomfort

As the baby grows, the spine’s curvature is increased, causing a tilt forward of the pelvis. This changes your pattern of standing and walking, placing additional stress on the foot and often pain in the heel, under the arch, or under the ball of the foot.

What to do

  • Ice packs under the arch and gentle foot massage can be of help.
  • If the pain persists, consult a podiatrist, as you may need custom shoe inserts or orthotics.

Joints

Hormone changes in pregnancy result in ligament looseness, causing joints to stretch and widen in preparation for giving birth. This affects the joints in your feet, often causing stretching and widening of the feet, as well as lowering of the arches.

What to do

  • If you experience pain under the arch of your foot, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist.
  • Ask for a pair of Footology Gelonair innersoles for your safety shoes, as they offer more intense cushioning under your feet.

Toenails

Due to hormonal changes, your toenails may grow faster than usual or become brittle or soft.

What to do

  • Keep toenails trimmed and apply tissue oil to ease brittleness.
  • Use a soft nail brush to help to promote blood circulation.

Shoe size

Due to the changes to your hormones, blood circulation and weight, most women will need to go up a shoe size during pregnancy. About 16% of mothers will permanently need larger size shoes after pregnancy.

What to do

  • Make sure your shoes fit well. Shoes that are too narrow or too short will restrict circulation and increase swelling.

Skin complexion & sensitivity

For some women, increased hormone production can result in bluish, blotchy legs. This temporary discolouration usually disappears after delivery. Your skin is also more sensitive during pregnancy.

What to do

  • If you’re going to be driving for longer than half an hour, take a break to stretch your legs to promote circulation.
  • Be sure to use a good sunblock on the tops of your feet when exposing them to the sun.

Varicose veins

During pregnancy, veins in your body become larger to cope with the increased blood supply. The increased pressure on the veins can cause varicose veins.

What to do

  • Put your feet up as often as possible to help relieve the pressure on the veins.
  • Walk in flexible flat shoes and sandals.
  • Avoid standing for more than an hour at a time without taking a break.
  • Choose shoes styles with wide, low heels (no higher than 20mm) or low wedge heels.

Other measures that you can take to ensure optimal foot health and comfort during pregnancy are choosing the right style of shoe and doing regular foot and leg exercises.

Choosing the right shoe style

  • Choose a style that has support at the back of the heel – either a closed heel back or a heel strap – for increased stability.
  • Non-skid soles ensure that you are more sure-footed.
  • Comfortable, flatter shoes provide extra support and shock absorption.

Foot and leg exercises

Exercise 1:

  • Point your toes and then pull them toward you as you point the heel away from you.
  • Extend your leg, and rotate your whole foot and ankle in circular motions. This also exercises the calf muscles after standing or sitting for a long time.

Exercise 2 (variation of exercise 1):

  • Lie down and extend your leg. Using your foot, ankle and toe muscles, draw the letters of the alphabet in the air with your foot.
  • Remember to swop over and exercise the other foot and leg. Do capital letters one day and small letters the next.

Other exercises

  • Walk. Walk. Walk. Be sure to use flexible soled shoes with good shock absorption.
  • Swimming and water aerobics are also good for your feet during pregnancy.

The above information is brought to you by the qualified podiatrist at Sisi Safety wear in the interests of better foot care for women.

Sisi Safety Footwear provides a great solution for those who suffer from foot swelling as a result of their pregnancy. The Tyra has a Velcro strap which allows for easy adjustment and padded colour and tongue for extra comfort.

For more information, visit: https://www.sisi.co.za/product/tyra/ and also view the Sisi Workwear Catalogue for our range of Maternity Safety Wear.

Sunflowers, Smiles And Safety Shoes

September 10th, 2018 by

Every August, South Africans commemorate Women’s Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the role of women and the incredible contributions they make to society. In 2017, the theme for Women’s Month is “The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward”.

As part of its Women’s Day 2017 initiatives, Sisi launched a campaign focused on celebrating the hard-working women of South Africa. Sisi is a brand within the BBF Safety Group stable that designs and manufactures a range of safety footwear specifically for women.

“South Africa has come such a long way in recognising the role of women – both within and outside of the workplace. We therefore launched a campaign to showcase, acknowledge and celebrate the real, hardworking women and the contributions they make to our country. We wanted to paint a picture of the diverse tapestry of strong South African women,” says Vanessa Ronald, Senior Brand Manager at BBF Safety Group.

A Sisi team and camera crew roamed the streets, equipped with sunflowers and safety shoes, to spread messages of acknowledgement, gratitude and empowerment. The video captures a broad spectrum of South African women – from construction workers to nurses, entrepreneurs to expectant mothers, office workers to teachers.

“During Women’s Month, and beyond, Sisi salutes the hard-working women of South Africa. It was incredible to see women in their various roles, each making invaluable contributions every day. We truly believe that when women support each other, incredible things happen. It is for this reason that Sisi will continue to innovate to support the safety footwear needs of women across industries,” adds Ronald.

For more information on Sisi, visit www.sisi.co.za.

BBF Safety Group Supports Women

September 10th, 2018 by

BBF Safety Group is proud to have recently donated footwear to the students at Ray Mhlaba Skills Centre in Port Elizabeth. Ladies were provided with products from the Sisi Safety Footwear range, while Bova products were donated to the men.

The Ray Mhlaba Skills Training Centre, an extension program of the EP Child & Youth Care Centre, offers skills training to vulnerable, underprivileged and displaced youth between the ages of 18-25. This includes those who come from children’s homes, have lost one or both parents, live in households with no formal income and/or come from child-headed households.

The aim is to empower these young adults through skills and social development programs, thereby equipping them with the knowledge and ability to obtain formal employment or become entrepreneurs. On completion of the training, the centre also assists the youth with finding employment.

A variety of SETA Accredited and Entrepreneurial Training Programs are offered to students, including Hospitality Studies, Bakery, Woodwork & Upholstery, Hairdressing, Early Childhood Development, Needlework & Crafts and HIV/AIDS & Palliative Care. In addition to these, all students are enrolled in a Personal Development Program.

The centre is solely reliant on the support and generosity of corporate and private donors to continue their successful operation.

“This is a huge cost saver, as the shoes form a vital part of the required safety standards uniform for our Hospitality Training Program students completing their NQF Level 4 in Professional Cookery qualification. We thank you again for making it possible for our students to have a complete professional workplace uniform, which will not only allow them to train professionally but prepare them for formal employment within the Hospitality Industry”, said Caroline Ferreira, the centre’s Project Director.

To date, in its 12th year of operation, the centre has successfully trained 1185 students across its vocational training programs, 82% of whom have gained formal employment or are earning a reliable income as entrepreneurs.

“It brings us great pleasure to support the Ray Mhlaba Skills Centre in continuing their incredible work”, said Vanessa Ronald, BBF Senior Brand Manager.
“BBF Safety Group is committed to having a positive impact on the communities in which we operate and contributing to the meaningful and impactful efforts of initiatives such as this. We wish all the students many successful steps in their new footwear as they complete their studies and enter into the professional world.”

Sisi and Bova are two of the eight market-leading brands within the BBF Safety Group stable. BBF Safety Group is the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Africa, operating out of four manufacturing plants in South Africa.

For more information, visit www.bbfsafety.com.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Sisi Footwear And Prevent Hydrolysis

September 10th, 2018 by

All our SiSi boots are manufactured with full grain leather uppers polyurethane soles. Polyurethane (PU) has a biodegradable polymer that breaks down over time damaging the sole. There a few main factors that contribute to this process: water, temperature, darkness and time.

In order to get the most out of your footwear and maximise the lifespan of your Sisi Boots, we recommend that wearers take note of the following:

  • Be aware of the climate in which your footwear will be worn. Do not wear PU soled footwear in wet environments where gumboots would be more appropriate.
  • Do not leave your footwear in dark, unventilated areas for prolonged periods of time as this will encourage hydrolysis.
  • Ensure that your footwear is regularly cleaned by removing dirt and grime from both the soles and uppers. Each box of Sisi footwear comes standard with a cloth that is perfect for cleaning the uppers.
  • Polish your boots regularly to protect the leather using a commercial shoe polish product. Do not use squeegee shoe polish with sponge ends.
  • Never force-dry your footwear by leaving them in front of a fire or heater as a direct heat source has the ability to distort the upper and cause the leather to crack. Instead, remove the top sock from the boots, open up the tongue as far as it will go and jam crumpled newspaper into the footwear to absorb excess water overnight.
  • Always undo the shoes laces before removing the footwear and avoid turning the footwear into slip-ons. The continuous application of pressure to the back of the boot may cause the upper to loosen from the sole.
  • Never throw foot powder into your boots. When powder is applied to the inside of a shoe / boot it can mix with sweat and become a paste. This traps air flow, reducing the breathability of the leather, thereby increasing the temperature inside the boot.

These easy to follow tips will ensure your SiSi boots will live a long and healthy life and provide the safety and comfort you’ve come to trust.

Robin Hood Foundation Elated With Generous Shoe Donation

September 10th, 2018 by

BBF Safety Group (BBF), the largest manufacturer of safety footwear in Southern Africa, proudly contribute to a number of socio-economic investment projects on an annual basis and recently donated 144 pairs of Bova and Sisi shoes to the Robin Hood Foundation’s ‘Choose Your Shoes’ initiative.

“New shoes are an unaffordable luxury for the orphaned and vulnerable children from the Amaoti township and it is our aim to bless each of them with a new pair of school shoes as well as a pair of casual shoes,” explains Kim Griffith Jones – Robin Hood Foundation Coordinator.

Vanessa Ronald, BBF Senior Brand Manager explains, “We feel privileged as a company to be in a position where we are able to positively contribute towards making a difference within our community and are proud to be able to help these children walk a little taller in a new pair of shoes.”

“We are so grateful for the support and generous donation from BBF,” adds Kim. If you would like to get involved, please email robinhoodfund@telkomsa.net to find out how you can help make a difference.

Four Industries In South Africa Where Women Are Making Their Mark

September 10th, 2018 by

It’s no secret that females in South Africa have already started to make their mark on the working world. According to the “Status of Women in South Africa Report” released by the SA Government in 2016, female employment rates are rising at 2.5% per annum. This rise has been attributed to several factors:

  • Shifting gender roles
  • An increasing number of households run by females
  • Elevated ambition
  • The increasing growth of female education at secondary and tertiary levels
  • A desire for gender and employment equality
  • Legislative employment practices that promote the employment of women

As a result of the aforementioned factors and a few others, industrial professions have seen more and more females eager to make a name for themselves and a positive contribution to our economy.

This increasing amount of females working in industrial environments created a need for female specific safety items. Based on the female anatomy, traditional safety gear often fell short because it was primarily designed for men. It’s for this reason that PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) like women’s safety boots, more feminine overalls, and even ladies’ safety gloves came to be. It also made way for brands like Sisi to stand beside the ambitious women making a mark on their chosen industry.

So, with a newfound sense of determination and perhaps even the help of female-orientated safety gear, here are four industrial professions in South Africa where women are proving their worth:

Mining
Although few women are working inside South African mines, there are many who work behind the scenes in office and administrative positions. From the Human Resource Department to the management of some of the world’s biggest mines, women have made an indelible mark on the industry. Their abilities to organise and solve some of the toughest problems place them high on the list of potential employees. When it comes to board representation, the mining industry offers some of the greatest gender equality. This is according to PricewaterhouseCoopers, who maintain that the boards of 21.05% of South Africa’s top 100 companies are made up of women. The ultimate female in South African Mining is none other than Brigitte Radebe. Not only has she helped bring important legislation into mining, but she’s Africa’s richest woman, too!

Engineering
South African women are taking on the engineering world as well. Whether it’s architectural, civil or chemical engineering, females have proven that they’ve got what it takes and more. Over the last 11 years, Mining Review Africa claims that more women have entered the engineering field than ever before. Having proven that they can step up to the plate in a rather demanding industry, South Africa has had several success stories when it comes to female engineers. A notable one is that of Nonkuleleko Nyembezi-Heita. Hailing from Pietermaritzburg, she is Forbes’s 97th most powerful woman in the world. Since 2008, she has been the CEO of a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal, the largest steelmaker in the world, owned by the Mittal family of India.

Agriculture
Although it’s deemed a fairly unglamorous industry, females haven’t shied away from farming and according to agricultural statistics released by Statistics South Africa; our country’s women are more likely to be involved in subsistence farming than any other type. Within this realm, Kenalemang Kgoroeadira has found her calling, using her profession to empower women. She founded the Thojane Organic Farm in 2009 and at the age of 61, she was awarded the title of “best subsistence producer in South Africa”, by The South African Government’s Department of Agriculture. Some of the produce farmed at Thojane is donated to hospices and the rest of it is sold as quality organic produce.

Business
Forget what you heard, the business world is for women, too. According to Gugu Mjadu, spokesperson for Sanlam, South Africa is actively seeking to support women, which is why we’re seeing so many female entrepreneurs on the rise. As the home of a host of impressive businesswomen who push the boundaries and don’t take no for an answer, South Africa has produced several respected businesswomen. Jenna Clifford of Jenna Clifford (Pty) Ltd. heads up a jewellery empire that has created custom pieces for many celebrities, including Venus and Serena Williams. In her spare time, she is passionate about using her reputation to make a difference. Her love for animals pushed her to create of her own charity, the Jenna Clifford Rhino Project that funds rhino conservation and fights poaching. With the right balance of focus between growing the economy and giving back to our communities, we can be proud of female business minds, like Jenna.

So, there you have it. Local ladies are doing great things and definitely going places. With a league of such tenacious ladies driven to uplift our nation, there’s no doubt that the future of South Africa is going to be as bright as theirs is. As much as we’ve enjoyed watching their rise thus far, we look forward to what’s still to come.

At Sisi Safety Footwear, we believe that the way you look affects the way you feel. That’s why we’ve created a range of safety footwear, designed on women’s specific moulds, using the latest trends and designs. For more information on our footwear range visit www.sisi.co.za.

Women In The Workplace: How To Become A Success

September 10th, 2018 by

“A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at her.” – Unknown

When it comes to women in the workplace, success can be enjoyed through the application of a few key pointers. Whether you accredit your success to self-confidence, a great outfit or a pair of reliable ladies’ safety shoes, there is a potential to excel that lies within every woman. It’s how you bring it out that makes all the difference.

How can you become more successful in your workplace? Listen up ladies, here’s some advice from us and a few female success stories.

Be passionate about what you do.
If you’re passionate about the job that you do, it’s likely that you will end up successful. According to Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, anyone can choose to perform a certain job. What will set you apart from anyone else is the extent to which you are passionate about it!

Don’t expect to be treated differently based on your gender.
You should want to get promoted because of your talents, not because you are a female. Wilhemina Manaso, mine manager of BHP Billiton SA says, “You are there to work. You will not receive special treatment. It will take the men time to realise that you’re a valuable member of the team, but once they do they will be very supportive!”

Don’t set your heart on perfection.
As females, we are often caught up in trying to make everything perfect. Whilst this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, the workplace often throws a few curveballs that could leave your confidence and game plan in tatters. Sarah Watson, Chief Strategy Officer for BBH New York has something to share on the matter. She believes that when it comes to the work environment, change is inevitable. Sarah promotes adapting positively to such changes as one of the key factors that contributed to her success. The key? Strive for progress and not perfection.

Dress for success.
Coco Chanel once said, “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Now, we’re not saying arrive to work rocking the latest looks straight off of the runway. We’re saying whatever your job, look the part. Whether it’s a power suit for a big meeting of a pair of stylish ladies safety shoes on site, when you look good you feel good. This confidence extends to your abilities to perform well. It’s a chain reaction really, so try it and see for yourself!

Believe that you will be successful.
It’s called a self-fulfilling prophecy and what it comes down to is that whatever you tell yourself you are going to be is what you will become. It also helps to surround yourself with like-minded people who have similar aspirations to you. Former Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll said, “You need mentors, people with that desire to support women and their desire to have more.” So decide what you would like to be successful at, believe that you will be successful, surround yourself with those who empower you and begin to work at it. The results will surprise you and feel even more rewarding!

Sisi Safety Footwear forms part of the BBF Safety Group, the largest manufactures of Safety Footwear in Southern Africa. From the female executive to ladies on site, we have styles suited to multiple roles. For more information on the styles in our range, please visit our website www.sisi.co.za.

Powerful SA Women In The Workplace

September 10th, 2018 by

Women in the workplace have become some of the most valued employees across major operations worldwide. Over the years, industry and corporate have seen more and more females entering into roles that were once the preserve of men. Times have definitely changed and this trend can be observed on a global scale. It has triggered the creation of gender specific items for the workplace like ladies’ safety boots, briefcases and even feminine takes on the power suit.

On our South African shores, we have our fair share of successful women taking the industries in which they work by storm. Whilst there really are too many to mention, here are our some of our favourite industry greats:

Jenna Clifford
A renowned jewelry designer, Jenna creates custom pieces that have captured the attention of a wide audience that even includes celebrities like Venus and Serena Williams! She launched her business in 1992, and 24 years on, it’s still growing. Today, she is still focused on her brand but also has a passion for giving back. She has started various charity initiatives and has partnered with the Save the Rhino project to form the Jenna Clifford Rhino Project.

Adria Greene
As the founder of Lawpoint South Africa, Adria’s journey has been an interesting one. Having grown up in Cape Town where she attended school and studied at the University of Cape Town, she went on to study abroad at the University of Michigan. Adria was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009, a prestigious accolade for any individual.

Portia Maurice
As the Chief of Corporate Affairs for the Vodacom Group Limited, Portia has worked her way up to enjoy her current position. She spent five years as a General Manager for MTN and has worked for a host of other impressive companies.

Maria Ramos
Not many women can say that they are the CEO of a major entity like the Barclays Africa Group. For Maria Ramos, it wasn’t an overnight success story but she was prepared to work hard to make it big. Starting off as a bank teller, she was able to fund her tertiary studies. Little did she know where her tenacity would one day take her. Maria was named the ninth most influential businesswoman in the world by financial magazine giant Forbes.

Siza Mzimela
Having overcome the adversities of race and gender discrimination, Siza Mzimela is the first black female to become the CEO and founder of an airline in South Africa (Fly Blue Crane). Becoming the CEO of an airline is a serious achievement, considering that less than 5% of all airline CEO’s worldwide are females. Siza is also on the South African Tourism board and is actively involved with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

Sisi Safety Footwear forms part of the BBF Safety Group and proudly salutes the growing number of successful women in industry. For more information on the styles in our range, please visit our website www.sisi.co.za.

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