Celebrating Youth Day 2021 in South Africa, ESI Africa spoke to Lenah Mabusela, one of Globeleq South Africa’s electrical engineers, about the importance of this commemorative day as well as the diversity in the sector. renewable energies.
As an energy engineer, working at eight power plants, Lenah and the team she works with harness their ability to solve problems almost daily. “The highlight of my job is also the most frustrating part of my job and that would be problem solving. I also like optimizing systems, usually for security, which is a core value for Globeleq, ”she explains.
As a woman in the renewable energy sector in South Africa, she sees diversity as a key attribute of change and excellence. “Diversity is necessary for great things to happen; different types of perspectives introduce different thinking and inspired solutions. Our professions and abilities are as equal as our education and training, the only difference is in our outlook and goals and that is an advantage for any field.
Lenah believes that in the country’s transition away from fossil fuels to ensure energy sustainability, women and youth are essential on this journey. “The sector is still in its infancy in South Africa and young minds are needed to develop the sector in a country that suffers from energy shortages as we do now. “
the [renewable] sector is still in its infancy in South Africa and young minds are needed to develop [it]. Lenah mabusela
Lenah Mabusela on the optimal energy mix
Its vision of the country’s energy is based on energy storage, in order to allow the country to distribute enough electricity to cope with recurring power cuts. Its optimum power includes a wide range of energy sources to make up the country’s energy mix, best described as “energy agnostic”.
“Wind power, solar with storage, geothermal energy, biomass, natural gas and nuclear power are controversial. I’m sure with all the great minds in our industry this is a realistic challenge and not idealism, ”said Lenah.
Speaking of Youth Day, she sees it as a time when all South Africans can reflect on the historic actions and sacrifices undertaken by the youth of 1976 and remember the cost of what we can take for granted today. , freedom and education.
“Youth Month is also a reminder to all individuals that challenging the status quo is not simply an act of challenge, but a call for necessary change and that change is not to be feared like that. is evident in South Africa today. This is an opportunity to reflect on all that has been achieved by a disadvantaged group and to consider what more we can do with all of our benefits, ”concludes Lenah. ESI