NETWORK ENGINEERING OFFICER AT VODACOM SA When she was still in school, Ngwenya’s knack for solving problems and love for science and mathematics sparked an interest in engineering. She has held key management and executive positions at prominent telecoms, including Sentech and MTN. Quoting her grandmother, Ngwenya says: “If you solve problems, you will never go hungry.” She works to provide more efficient network services in Africa, creating platforms to transfer content demanded by consumers. She hopes to be a CEO of a successful telecoms company one day. There have been many. One of them would be when my career started at Vodacom. I worked as a technical manager, responsible for the network value chain across Africa. It opened up many opportunities for me. Thereafter I was appointed chief technology officer for MTN Zambia. My experiences and roles at Vodacom prepared me for that job. My current role as network engineering officer at Vodacom is also one of my biggest breaks. It comes with a lot of responsibilities and opportunities. Only great things can come from Africa. The innovations in this sector are mind-blowing. To think that prepaid was invented in South Africa, by the company I work for (Vodacom). We do have different challenges to Europe. But there are also a great deal of opportunities for telecommunications in Africa.