“I have found that networking within the sector, listening to sound advice from mentors and staying informed about developments within my sphere of work to be the recipe to advancement within my career.”
Luvo was born in Cape Town and still lives in this city with his wife and two young sons. He feels blessed to have been raised by a very wise, supportive mother who always encouraged him in his career endeavours. In high school he was introduced to chemical engineering by a guidance counsellor who believed that there were good work opportunities for chemical engineers in South Africa. In his leisure time Luvo enjoys spending time with his family, playing chess and watching cricket and soccer.
Luvo attained a B.Tech and an M.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. After achieving his qualification Luvo worked in the industrial sector for two years. A mentor in one of his workplaces pointed Luvo in the direction of renewable energy technologies, and this ignited his passion for sustainable energy design solutions. He went on to achieve his Masters degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering at the University of Cape Town. His Masters research focused on the potential contribution of using organic waste as an energy source to mitigate climate change (reducing emissions to the atmosphere) in South Africa.
Luvo’s internship is based at Sustainable Energy Africa, a non-governmental organisation that promotes sustainable energy approaches and practices in the development of South Africa and Africa. In his current role Luvo works on a range of projects related to renewable energy. His responsibilities include technical design and desktop and field research. Luvo has found networking within his sector, listening to sound advice from mentors and staying informed about developments within his sphere of work to be the recipe to advancement within his career.
Luvo hopes one day to hold a senior position either in the South African Government, more specifically in the Department of Environmental Affairs as a climate change specialist or in the Department of Energy, or in the private energy sector. He hopes to explore further his passion for renewable energy technology or low carbon energy development.