In the run-up to Women’s Day, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company (TMACC) managing director, Wahida Parker, was presented with a WOZA (Women in Law) Award, in the best corporate non-practising lawyer category, at a gala event in Sandton.
The WOZA Awards recognise female lawyers for their dedication, achievements and contribution to the profession, across sectors, from lawyers working in academia to those in IT, Tech, education, human rights or the pro bono sector.
Ms Parker, who has been at the helm of TMACC for the past three years, says that in her category, awards looked for a woman who used her law degree in the sphere of business to uplift, empower and engage both with communities and with young and upcoming lawyers offering them guidance, assistance and coaching.
“The whole purpose of the WOZA award is to inspire women in the legal fraternity and to make them realise that even if you don’t fit into the court room with the law degree, you can actually find a space for you to operate in,” she explains.
Ms Parker is passionate about the possibilities that emerge when law is merged with another discipline, and the innovation that comes along with it. This is something that has carried her through various positions, which include being the general manager at the Sun International hotel and casino in Worcester.
When it comes to overcoming the remaining barriers instituted by a more patriarchal way of managing things, she says that the one thing she has tackled head-on is making the mountain more accessible for all.
Ms Parker says that Table Mountain should be viewed as “our” mountain.