LEPHALALE — The 25-year-old Amogelang Desiree Monyeki is part of a family of five siblings. She was born and bred in Shongoane Village outside Lephalale. Amogelang recently received her electrical trade test report marks and described it as “one of the greatest achievements in my life as this has taken me three years and five months to obtain it.
“I started my primary education at Bakgalaka Primary School and then moved to Ikitseng Primary School in Shongoane. I completed my Grade 12 year at Hoërskool Ellisras. I honestly did not know what I wanted to study or what I wanted to do in life after matric, so I decided to take a gap year.
“My journey of wanting to be an electrical engineer started when I saw the Eskom learnership programme on the internet. By then, I had already noticed that I enjoy working with my hands. I would help my grandfather fix electrical appliances and install electricity since he was already qualified.
“It motivated me to submit my Curriculum Vitae at the Eskom Information Centre. A month later, I received a call to start my training at Eskom Medupi Project.
“Studying at Tlhahlong Training Centre and being granted the opportunity by Eskom has been quite a good experience because we had to do the actual work that electrical engineers do daily. We had an opportunity to work with different companies or contractors. This was a real-life experience, more like a dream come true for me.
“Being on-site motivated me, even more, to put my heart and mind in the work I do, for my benefit and learning as well as for Eskom. As much as it was interesting, it was also challenging at the same time but that comes with any learning opportunity, nothing good ever comes easy. Some challenges that I faced during the training was not having enough tools and sometimes not being able to go to the training centre due to our company not being able to pay on time. Through all the challenges, my love and passion for Electrical Engineering motivated me well enough to keep me going.
“May Eskom continue to help the youth with such opportunities because there is a lot to learn from Medupi Power Station Project and there is always something new to discover.
I am grateful to have been given this opportunity and I would love to thank Team Medupi for giving me the chance to education, I will not stop learning. This is only the beginning of my journey. I am proud to say I have been groomed and trained by Eskom, Medupi Power Station Project.