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Lesedi Nuclear Services - Women in Industry

25th August 2023

     

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Sipokazi Luzipo Khoza

Lesedi Nuclear Services electrical engineer Sipokazi Luzipo Khoza is a shining example of determination and ambition. Born on October 12, 1992, in the small Eastern Cape town of Butterworth, Khoza’s journey is one of perseverance and excellence.

With a BTech in Electrical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and on the cusp of completing her Master of Engineering in Energy, Khoza’s educational path has been one of consistent growth.

Her collaborative management style fosters teamwork and innovation, guiding her projects towards success. When asked about her inspirations, she eagerly mentions Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, the former Vice Chancellor of UCT, as someone she aspires to meet.
Khoza’s life philosophy, “You are who you’ve been waiting for, no one is coming to save you,” underscores her belief in self-empowerment. Her message to fellow women leaders in South Africa’s business community acknowledges the progress that has been made, while highlighting ongoing gender disparities. Her message resonates: champion your capabilities, speak out for change, and forge a new era of inclusivity.

 

Nicky Van Der Poel

A distinguished figure in the business world, Nicky Van Der Poel holds the dual role of Senior Executive Outage Services at Lesedi Nuclear Services and MD of Lesedi Skills Academy. With a keen focus on ensuring a sustainable business division, she champions safety, compliance and the development of efficient teams.

Born in District Six Cape Town, February 22, 1973, Nicky’s educational journey comprises a Diploma in Financial Management and a Higher Diploma in Business Management. Her transformational management style empowers her teams to reach new heights.

Among her proudest accomplishments are her children and the success of Lesedi Skills Academy. She envisions a meeting with Oprah Winfrey, whom she sees as a source of inspiration.

Van Der Poel’s life philosophy, “Nothing is impossible, I’m possible,” reflects her unwavering determination. To fellow women leaders in South Africa’s business community, she imparts a powerful message: as you ascend as a leader, uplift and empower the women within your organisation, fostering growth and development.

 

Natasha Africa

Cape Town-based Lesedi Nuclear Services Human Resources (HR) Executive Natasha Africa shares her inspiring journey from the Cape Flats to her esteemed executive position, illuminating the principles that shape her leadership.

Her roots in the Western Cape ignited a passion for understanding people and businesses, leading her to a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources with majors in Management and Industrial Psychology from the University of the Western Cape. An Honours Degree in Industrial Psychology followed, marked by Cum Laude distinction.

Her leadership approach prioritises empathy and nurturing. Empowering her HR team members, fostering their growth, and treating all with respect and honesty define her philosophy. She believes that kindness forms lasting connections and inspires perseverance in the face of challenges.

Africa’s legacy lies in her colleagues’ excellence. Witnessing their achievements fuels her passion for positive impact. To women leaders in South Africa’s business realm, she advises authenticity, perseverance and respect. She embodies these values, a reflection of the profound impact that remarkable individuals have had on her.

Africa embraces her HR calling, cherishing the transformation of individuals and teams. With gratitude and determination, she paves a legacy of greatness. Her story inspires authenticity in leadership journeys, resonating with aspiring leaders on their paths to excellence.

 

Phumeza Sidonti

Phumeza Sidonti, a remarkable figure in the world of engineering and construction, shares her inspiring journey from Port Elizabeth. Born on March 23, 1982, her path to success is marked by determination and expertise.

With a degree in Environmental Management, which she acquired in 2004, Sidonti delved into Health and Safety within the engineering and construction industry. She currently holds the role of Safety, Health, and Environmental Manager at distinguished South African engineering organisation Lesedi Nuclear Services.

The company specialises in power generation, including nuclear, thermal, gas to power, and renewables. Sidonti’s responsibilities encompass diverse areas, from health and safety plan development to compliance enforcement with legal guidelines and country-specific regulations.

Her transformational leadership style, fuelled by emotional intelligence, creates an ever-evolving environment that drives her team to surpass company goals. Sidonti empowers employees to embrace challenges, expand their skills, and undertake new projects, all to achieve a common objective.

As a proud advocate of women in engineering, Sidonti urges fellow women not to underestimate their capabilities. She highlights their innate leadership qualities, diligence, motivation, effective communication and high standards. Her message resounds: “It’s never too late to embark on a career. Identify your passion, gather information, and take the leap.”

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter

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