I grew up knowing there were two categories of jobs- blue jobs and pink jobs. And you were good at one or the other. Rebel that I am, I somehow ended up lilac…somewhere in between. There are these stereotypes that accompany anyone who dares to spend any time thinking about anything. I find myself debunking some, ignoring others and (ooops!) confirming others.Read More »
Atang Monicah Koboti is my name. I am a Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of Botswana, currently in my final year of study. Why did I choose mechanical engineering? I was very inquisitive as a child, and of course, my mother was present to answer these questions on the stars, the galaxies and whatever else I could come up with. She loved to read and she would, patiently, pass on her knowledge to me. Once I was able to, I would read more on the topics I was curious about and impress her with my knowledge.Read More »
Medicine is defined as a “calling” or the noblest profession, mostly because it involves service of others at their weakest. Doctor Refilwe Mothibamele tells us how her pursuit of a medical career led her to HIV-AIDS Research and what makes it an engaging occupation.
Question: Tell me about your training as a medical doctor.
Refilwe: I did my first year, what we call common year, at the University of Botswana, then proceeded to Kwa Zulu Natal, Durban for Bachelor of Medicine in Surgery for 5 years.Read More »
Caroline Mwangi-Makenzi is the engineering team leader in renewable energy systems at African Solar Designs. Find out how she ventured into renewable energy after her training as a mechatronic engineer and why renewable energy is a niche career choice.
Question: Tell me about your journey as an engineer.
Caroline: I am a trained Mechatronic Engineer, which simply means electromechanical engineering. After graduation, I first worked with Davis & Shirtliff, who design solar and other energy solutions. I worked for 4 years in the solar department as a technical sales engineer, where my role was in the project design and management of a team of junior engineers and technicians. Read More »
Meet Ms. Thobo, Ms. Kandondi and Ms. Marang, aspiring scientists in agriculture in Botswana. They tell us their stories and aspirations for agriculture in their country.
Miss Kapweke Kandondi – Soil and Water Engineering
The person and the career:
I am Kapweke Kandondi, from Etsha in the northern part of Botswana. My undergraduate degree was in BSc. Soil and Water Conservation Engineering at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, where I was the best student. I am currently pursuing an MSc. in Soil and Water Engineering focusing on conservation agriculture. I chose to do engineering, since I have always enjoyed science. Read More »