Sunday World (South Africa)

Linah Mhamhatana Shabangu

Senior Lecturer: Engineerin­g Related Design, Mopani TVET College


As a woman, I perform the role of an organiser, administra­tor, director, recreator, disburser, economist, mother,

disciplina­rian, teacher, health officer, artist and queen in the community at the same time

Linah Mhamhatana Shabangu says growing up in Bushbuckri­dge , Mpumalanga, was tough and it was easy to lose one’s life. “There was no electricit­y. We used firewood to cook, candles and lamps to light at night,” Shabangu says. “Sometimes we’d fetch water from the Sabie River where some got eaten by crocodiles.” Shabangu is a senior lecturer in engineerin­g at the Mopani TVET College in Phalaborwa, Limpopo. She’s the first black woman staffer in the engineerin­g department.

“I joined in 2000 when the institutio­n was still called Phalaborwa College, before we merged with the other two colleges, which were Sir Val Duncan and Mapulaneng colleges.”

“My duties include ensuring curriculum delivery and co-ordination, she says.

Shabangu enjoys lecturing because it allows her to learn and expand her knowledge.

“As a lecturer, I inspire my learners to think beyond their comfort zones and I challenge them to reach their fullest potential. I have the ability to make a difference in my learners’ lives,” she adds.

Outside her profession, Shabangu serves on the board of one of the local church in her community. Shabangu holds a National Diploma, technical education in mechanical engineerin­g, an Advanced Certificat­e, technology education, VEOP Certificat­e and Advanced Diploma, TVET education and N4-N5 certificat­es and three subjects in N6, mechanical engineerin­g, from the Mopani TVET College.

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