Nonku Williams

‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Nonku Williams opens up about what it’s like being the boss. Image via @nonku_williams/Instagram

‘I’m not afraid to speak up’: ‘RHOD’ star Nonku on being a boss lady

Nonku describes herself as driven, focused and a perfectionist. She lets fans in on what she’s like with her game face on in the boardroom.

Nonku Williams

‘Real Housewives of Durban’ star Nonku Williams opens up about what it’s like being the boss. Image via @nonku_williams/Instagram

Nonku Williams is a businesswoman, mother and reality TV star on the Showmax Original Real Housewives of Durban (RHOD). Viewers of the show have grown to love her after much hatred in the first season when she introduced herself as the late gospel musician Sfiso Ncwane’s baby mama.

Fast forward to season two and although some cast members have labelled her a drunkard, viewers have grown to love her and believe “she is the show”.

But what is Nonku like as a boss?

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Nonku is in the construction and logistics industries. In RHOD she also introduced her wine, Ashes 2 Beauty (A2B).

According to Drum Magazine, in 2021 she started serving on the Project Liaison Committees representing Ethekwini Women in Construction for Sanral N3 Program.

“Nonku in the boardroom is definitely not the same person as the Nonku you see on screen. Viewers know me as the bubbly Nonku and as someone who’s not afraid to speak her mind. But Nonku as a boss lady is highly respected because I’m very focused, driven, a perfectionist and I’m not afraid to speak up when I’m in the boardroom full of men and they do listen to me,” she tells the publication.

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Because the construction business is male-dominated, the 42-year-old boss lady has experienced sexism.

“We started back in 2006 and we experienced the bullying and I guess the sexism that comes with being in a male-dominated industry, but I’m resilient and now there are more women entering the industry, which is great,” she says.

She says that she’s at a point now where she’s not treated differently because she’s a woman. 

“Like if there’s five of us on a construction project, we aren’t given the easiest part, we’re treated equally because they know that I know the construction industry like the back of my hand. And I prefer it that way because then nobody grants me any favours, which is fair because I don’t give out favours either,” she added.