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#WomensMonth: Be uncompromising, unwavering & unapologetic about gender inequality

Tebogo Movundlela has been involved in the renewable energy sector since 2013. She was intimately involved in the construction of the West Coast 1 - 94MW windfarm. She is now the CEO of Aurora Wind Power, and leads the team responsible for the ongoing operation and asset management of the facility.
Tebogo Movundlela, CEO, Aurora Wind Power

Bizcommunity Why did you choose the renewable energy sector as your career path?

Fundamentally it is about seeing the value in what I am doing and the impact not just on the Aurora Wind Power business, but also on the wider society and environment. Renewable energy is a strategic imperative at the highest level of government and through our inherent construct, renewable independent power producers are well positioned to make a contribution, even if small, to the steady economic transformation of this country.

Bizcommunity Aside from the fact that we have an abundance of natural resources, why do you think renewable energy is important to Africa?

Access to electricity is a basic need. Electrification in Africa is low and remains one of the key barriers to economic growth and social transformation. Because of the abundance of natural energy sources, renewable energy must place a key role in the energy mix.

Bizcommunity What is the one thing you would tell your younger self?

I would simply say, keep doing what you are doing. I am happy with where I am today and the journey – the good and the bad parts – has inadvertently lead me here.

Bizcommunity What is your Women's Month message?

While there have been some small victories in moving towards a more gender balanced society – I think we have a long way to go. In the past year, alone we have had a number of highly publicised femicides, #MeToo and recently a highly insensitive and prejudicial article against female engineers.

So my message is: Be uncompromising, unwavering and unapologetic in this pursuit for gender equality.
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About Nicci Botha

Nicci Botha has been wordsmithing for more than 20 years, covering just about every subject under the sun and then some. She's strung together words on sustainable development, maritime matters, mining, marketing, medical, lifestyle... and that elixir of life - chocolate. Nicci has worked for local and international media houses including Primedia, Caxton, Lloyd's and Reuters. Her new passion is digital media.