Zeenat Karrrim

Aspire Consulting Engineers

What does your company do?

We do consulting engineering services and project management in the Built Environment space. We offer assistance to clients to do various buildings from hospitals, apartments and shopping centres.

What is your biggest success?

Our biggest success was landing a contract for Nike SA to do the new Soweto sporting complex for them. This is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team and myself in building a brand and starting from the ground up. Nike South Africa commissioned us to the do the civil and structural engineering works. The project included all the steel, concrete, earthworks and stormwater designs. As a small female owned business in a male dominated space we have thrived.

What has been your biggest hurdle?

The biggest hurdle I would say was trying to break into the sector. The industry is very male dominated and to be able to be understood and taken seriously was a hard challenge. It took a lot of self discipline and commitment and a thick skin to not give up. Being the only female on projects was challenging but i have learnt to rise above the challenge and be accepted in this industry.