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GBCSA Academy: Interview with PTM-certified Mariam Diedericks

August 19, 2021

Mariam Diedericks is the CEO and co-owner of Coalition Energy Projects (Formerly Coalition Cabling & Electrical), focussing on electrical installations, energy-saving and renewable energy. She is also the Director of the Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum.

Mariam is a former banker, who started her entrepreneurial journey in 2002 when she left her corporate job to start a woman’s empowerment network. She’s since held several leadership positions in business, including chairperson of the Athlone Business Chamber, and the Board of Management of the Cape Chamber of Commerce.

Mariam is a trained life and business coach; is an avid gardener with a keen interest in sustainability and issues affecting climate change.

Mariam completed the GBCSA Academy Professional Team Member training in New Buildings and Major Refurbishments as well as the EDGE Expert training.

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What do you enjoy the most about your job?

Being able to impact and influence change – in our environment and our people.

Which projects are you most proud of working on?

I’m looking forward to working on projects aligned with our vision within the green sector, specifically renewable energy and utilising my skills and experience to make a difference.

What professional achievement are you most proud of?

Attaining and maintaining ISO 9000 certification in our business since 2008.

What set you on your current career path?

The team at Property Point SME Development strongly influenced my decision to pursue my professional development within the green sector.

Who or what have been the strongest influences guiding your professional life?

Being a black female in a male-dominated industry, I’ve been and am still inspired by other strong female role models who I continue to learn from.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your professional career?

You’re nothing without a strong team around you.

What do you think are the changes needed for the industry to reach its sustainability goals?

I believe increased awareness among our youth is absolutely key since they are the inheritors of the earth. This awareness should already start within the primary education system.

What advice do you have for someone new to the green sustainable built environment sector?

Learn, network and focus. There’s so much to do, and it’s going to take all of us to effect positive change. So focus to make a meaningful difference with every project.

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