Portia is an experienced Railway Technologist with over 14 years in the Railway industry, her focus area being Maintenance Engineering and Technology Management. She has worked for Transnet Freight Rail, Siemens and PRASA. She is currently under the employ of the Gautrain Management Agency as Senior Manager: Signalling Systems.
She serves as a Board Member of the Transport Sector Education Training Authority (TETA), serving in various committees of the Board as well as being the Chairperson of the TETA Rail Chamber Committee. She is the previous Chairperson of the Institution for Railway Signal Engineers (IRSE) – Southern Africa Section and Member of the International IRSE Education & Professional Development Committee.
Portia has also published several technical papers on Technology Management aspects of Signalling, Train Control and Communication Systems and Renewable Energy, on international platforms and has made a name for herself, among international railway signalling experts.
Apart from Railway Signalling, Train Control and communications systems, with her visionary and strategic mind, she has been able to translate the strategic national imperatives on renewable energy into practical concepts, in a form of a research paper.