Women in Plumbing

At UPP, we are all about encouraging and empowering women to enter the plumbing industry and make their mark.

According to a 2021 survey by the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) and statistics from StatsSA (2020), women make up 5,4% of the total percentage of plumbers and apprentices in South Africa. The majority are self-employed, while others are employed by either construction or plumbing companies.

The presence of women in this field is an indication that there is room for gender diversification in this traditionally male-dominated sector.

At UPP, we see so much potential within our industry, regardless of gender. We want to encourage women plumbers – and help empower them.

If this is a passion of yours; if it’s something that you’re interested in, then we say, go for it. There are so many things in place now to support you and to overcome the stereotypes that women plumbers face.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens.”
Michelle Obama

Mandy Keil

Meet Mandy Keil – the ‘CEO’ of the UPP group – or as she describes it, ‘Chief Empowerment Officer.’

Here, she explains her passion for the plumbing industry and debunks peoples’ perceptions and the stereotypes that come with being a plumber.

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