Nombasa Tsengwa is one of very few female executives in the mining industry and although she’s not aiming for the top job just yet, it’s important to her to make a difference.
The line between environmentalists and the mining executive is normally a clear, decisive one. Unless, of course, you’re Nombasa Tsengwa, who is both coal mining leader and a trained botanist, specialising in agronomy. That is to say, crops and grasses, and not the type that has been legalised recently.
But she was a teacher first. That’s quite some CV. “To be honest, my late father would have never allowed me to do my first degree at varsity without a teacher’s diploma,” said Tsengwa in an interview with finweek. “For him, it was a fall-back option in the event that his girl children did not succeed studying for a degree.”
He needn’t have worried. Not only did his daughter manage a degree – not so incidentally, the agronomy was taken at PhD level at the University of Maryland – but she also went on to become head of coal for Johannesburg-listed Exxaro Resources, one of the largest producers of the fuel in the country.
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22 November 2018