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#FutureFriday features Snethemba Mpontshane a former Majuba TVET College Electrical Engineering student

By TVET Website

Date: 23/04/2021



Happy #FutureFriday everyone!

On this #FutureFriday we are proud to celebrate 31-year-old Snethemba Mpontshane, a former Majuba TVET College Electrical Engineering student. This dynamic, young artisan from Ulundi is now employed as a Senior Electrical Supervisor at Eskom based at the Kusile Power Station.

Mpontshane is very passionate about her job as a supervisor and is a role model to all TVET college students.

Born and raised in KwaSishwili in Ulundi, Mpontshane always knew she was destined for greatness, thanks to the love, support and guidance she received from her mentor; her mother.

"My mother has always been my role model. She is the strongest and most multi-talented woman I know. She is passionate and caring and has always aspired me to follow my dreams, and she will forever remain my everything, my nurse and my hero."

Mpontshane excelled at school in Mathematics and Science, and was inspired to sign up for the Year of the Artisan at Majuba TVET College in 2006, where she began her trade in N1 Electrical Engineering.

While there, she focused on Mathematics, Industrial Electronics, Engineering Science and Electro Technology.

"I grew up with two brothers so naturally I developed a passion for all things electronic. We would try to fix anything that had to do with electricity. I remember we once opened a two-plate stove just to see what was inside it and what made it generate heat and electricity," she said.

Mpontshane also admitted that from an early age she knew she wanted to work in the engineering industry. This motivated her to excel in her studies and pursue a career at Eskom.

"I remember my father once tried to decide a career for me, and I asked him not to choose a different career for me, as I was happy with my engineering choice."

For Mpontshane, working at a company such as Eskom has been a great journey for her, where she learned something new on a daily basis, such as safety, production, quality and even job planning.

"Electrical engineering as a whole has made my dreams come true. I had always prayed I would get into a big company such as Eskom, and it feels as if God answered my prayers."

Being a former student of Majuba TVET, Mpontshane firmly believed the College was a stepping stone for students, as it provided a platform where engineering students could be spotted by major companies looking to employ talented and skilled staff.

"I know of many students who have gone on to work for well-known companies following their studies, so I would advise anyone looking to go into the Engineering  or artisan industry to start their journey at Majuba TVET College."

Her advice to women who may be considering artisanship as a career, is that when it comes to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, you have to work hard to get the recognition you deserve. "What used to be a man's playground is a place for women too; Amandla!" she said excitedly. 

When asked where she saw herself in 10 years’ time, Mpontshane said she hoped to see herself as a Board member at Eskom.

"Ever since I was in school, my mission has always been to say 'no' to failure. The idea of possibly failing makes me push even harder to achieve my goals. My life's motto is whatever leadership looks like to you, whether at home, at the office and even in the world, always remember you are an inspiration to those who follow your path. If anyone doubts how far you can go in life, then push through it and go so far that you no longer hear them," she concluded.

Snethemba Mpontshane, a former Majuba TVET College Electrical Engineering student, who is now employed as a Senior Electrical Supervisor at Eskom based at the Kusile Power Station.

Among Mpontshane’s duties is to ensure that we receive electricity from the transformers at power stations to our homes.

Mpontshane doing an inspection on a single phase motor.

The young, dynamic artisan is hoping to one day be a Board member at Eskom.