Tell me about yourself
I am Sagwadi Maswanganyi. I grew up in a small village called Chavani village near Elim in Limpopo. I have two siblings and we were raised by my grandmother.
2. Who had the greatest influence on you during your childhood?
My mother, she’s used to tell me that I can become anything I want in life.
3. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a Doctor but when I reached high school I became more interested in Information Technology
4. Where did you attend varsity and what did you study?
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology at the North West University.
5. What motivated you to study Information Technology?
I wanted to be in the tech-world since I was young.
6. How did you come across the MMP internship programme and why did you apply?
Someone referred me to it and I became interested since we were going to apply IT in a novel way.
7. What are some of your highlights in the programme?
As a member of the Real-Time Management Systems Research Programme Technical Steering Committee, I have learnt a lot in terms of decision making and project management.
8. What impact do you foresee yourself making in that area?
Changing how people communicate in the mining environment. The safety of people underground should be the same as the one on surface.
9. If you could be or do anything else – what would it be?
I would make sure that the fatalities in mines across the world are 0%
10. What one word would you use to describe yourself? Why?
Different. I always make sure that I have an alternative solution in-case plan A fails.
11. What is your proudest moment?
Interacting with high profile people from mines across South Africa.
12. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I see myself as a Internet of Things guru at the same organisation.
13. What advice can you give those who would like to join the MMP Internship programme?
It’s a good opportunity, give it a shot.