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From the Reception to the Workshop

The grease, the oil and the vehicle parts are part of Ashura Akukweti’s day to day tools at Scania Tanzania. As the workshop manager, she is responsible for leading a team of highly skilled technicians that help maximise the uptime of our customers’ vehicles. She ensures that customers are satisfied with the service delivery and that their vehicles are serviced in good time.

She joined the company in 2015 starting off at the reception and later moving on to the sales department as the sales administrator where she worked closely with the after-sales department when customers brought in their vehicles for service and maintenance. “My interest in the workshop started to grow and I started spending a lot of time there to learn the ropes of working at the workshop. I got hooked and my ambition and determination led to my promotion as Workshop Manager in September 2017,” she explains.

“It makes me feel special being a woman working in the automotive industry and I am proud to be in a position where my team expects me to make tough decisions in putting the customer first and in providing them with the guidance that they require for us to meet our targets and objectives,” Ashura adds on.

Lots of Opportunities in our Industry

Ashura attributes her success in her role to remaining strong and offering her customers the best service by always putting them first no matter what. “We work in a dynamic industry that is really growing and young girls interested in a career in the transport or automotive industry should be bold and take up the many opportunities available. You can be a truck driver, a bus driver, a workshop manager, a fleet manager, an engineer and even the CEO. The opportunities are endless,” she encourages.

In the next five years Ashura hopes that women and young ladies will stand more confidently and take up roles that the society says that they cannot do. “We are what we choose to be, and women should be courageous and show the world that yes we can do it!” she emphasizes.

When she is not at the workshop, Ashura unwinds by listening to music, dancing and watching movies. “Music gives me life,” she says excitedly.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

It is a day to celebrate the equal opportunities we are given as women and to celebrate our capabilities in our modern world.

What are three things you would like to encourage women as we celebrate International Women’s Day?

Confidence is key, be brave in taking up new challenges every day because the sky is not the limit and whatever you do, do it with passion.