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We need entrepreneurs like Thakkar - Eskom MD
Posted Friday, October 25 2013 at 00:00
Ms Nokwanda Mngeni is the MD of Eskom, a transnational dealing with energy. She has 18 years of management experience in general management. Eskom is one of the companies in support of the Monitor Thought Leaders’ Forum.
Eskom is a major sponsor of theforum; should we expect anything special from you at the event?
Sponsorship means facilitating, not bringing something new on the table. Why are we, as Eskom, here? We have been there with skills development, at the CEO apprentice club, we have been there having critical conversations at the CEO forum, we are now here facilitating, hopefully, in changing the leaders’ thoughts. Hopefully we start thinking differently, aspiring to where the speaker for the day is. And hopefully we shall get there.
Do you think Ashish Thakkar is relevant to the Ugandan businesses given that he started a small trading operation that has since grown into the Mara Group?
Yes. The timing can never have been better. Ashish Thakkar has made tremendous commercial and philanthropic initiatives in Africa as a whole. With his Ugandan background – he comes out as appropriate to the emerging Ugandan businesses. His culmination and business achievements instituted under the Mara Group, has worked to create sustainable economic and business opportunities for all including young business owners. Uganda needs more entrepreneurs like him, and also more managers like him. That will take new ventures and even existing businesses to a new level.
What have been your achievements as Eskom MD?
My achievement as MD/CEO has been moving the organisation forward, one step at a time which has culminated into; safety as a way of life, solid performance in a relaxed yet focused environment, leading the trail in ISO certification within the industry and making succession management happen.
If you had the power, what would you change in your industry?
I would get all of us to understand that we are in a dynamic industry, faced with different challenges all the time hence need to realise that, we cannot use yesterday’s solutions for today’s problems. Something is changing though, in the right direction, even though I am not willing to divulge it now.
If you could do it all over again, would you do it differently?
As a person, I stand for progress and excellence. Looking back, the learning process would not have had an impact if it had been rushed. However, there is still more to improve, probably beyond my time. I must also admit that this assignment has been the steepest learning curve in my career. Needless to say, I have learnt a lot in the journey.