National Women’s Day is celebrated on August 9 annually in South Africa.
The world of Wendy Ntombela, a Senior Planning and Economics Engineer at the Engen Refinery would look very different had it not been for the love, inspiration and support she received from the important women in her life. “For me, Woman’s Day reminds me that change begins with me: it means standing up for what is just and what you believe in, no matter the odds,” says Wendy.
Wendy can be described as an analytical introvert and it is her mother’s love for math and science that has been a real encouragement to her.
It was while at high school that Wendy was fortunate to “interact with a wider range of exceptional teachers and gain a broader exposure to a wider knowledge base of each subject,” and after school, she went on to study Chemical Engineering at the University of Durban-Westville, which later became UKZN.
Wendy lives by the simple mantra of ‘keep at it, dream bigger and enjoy every moment.’ But behind her unstoppable optimism lies a deep faith and commitment to her family.
Wendy says, “In grade 10 when I visited the Engen Career day, I was sold on engineering. What inspired me is how the profession is able to transform and enhance our daily living, by taking the simplest raw materials and transforming them into value-adding everyday products which undeniably and profoundly uplift our society.”
By gaining experience in the supply chain area of the petrochemical business over the immediate future, she plans to broaden her solid refinery experience, before exploring the many other opportunities in the sector, further down the line. PWKD09082017
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