Ms Lerato Makgekgenene, who started fuel company Tlhokaina21, visited VUT on 22 February to interview chemistry students for bursaries.
Although she holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Economics degree, Ms Makgekgenene says that she saw the great opportunity to be in the engineering industry at the time of the FIFA World Cup in 2010, when government promised to spend money on infrastructure, and she started investigating the wholesale of petrochemicals. She is one of nine black women who were awarded the Transnet fuel supply dealership.
“I knew that I wasn’t an engineer, so I couldn’t participate, but I just wanted to be a part of developing the country where I was born; we filled the machines that they use for infrastructure! I knew nothing about chemistry, which I last studied in high school, but I just had the desire to explore within the chemistry industry,” she said.
Ms Makgekegenene said she saw VUT as a great platform from which to grant students bursaries and