WIE Rise Together Campaign - Majika Francina Simango

 

 

Majika Francina Simango is the owner of Simango Business Services - a business responsible for the electrification of more than 10,500 rural homes around South Africa. A multi-faceted businesswoman, she also owns various retail outlets. 

 

Mboya is a firm believer in job creation and women empower, and has thus has made sure all her businesses feature women in top management. 

In business for 22 years, Mboya believes perseverance, optimism and positivity has led to success in all she strives for. 

We had the opportunity to chat with Mboya about her experiences as a powerful Woman in Energy.

Why do you believe in Africa’s energy sector?

 It is a vehicle to assist the people and businesses of Africa to be part of global networks through connectivity, communication and development which is what Africa needs.

 

What is your advice for women who say they struggle to make themselves heard in the workplace? 

It took me ten years of pushing and training to qualify to be in this sector. I say continue pushing and don’t give up, as long as you believe in it.

 

How do you deal with women competing with each other in the workplace?

There is an old African proverb, "Two donkeys pulling the same string in opposite directions will never enjoy the green grass." Working together is a win-win situation, and no-one is an island. 

 

If you were your country's energy minister what would you do to make it easier for women to enter/stay/thrive in the energy sector?  

nforce skills transfer from big companies to emerging companies. And, there must be tangible/visible and documented results.

 

What is your favourite book/quote to recommend as inspiration to others?

“Let there be light” - Genesis 1, verse 3.  I always say this when we energise homes in rural areas.

 

Who would you like as a mentor at work if you could ask anyone in the world? Why?

Gloria Serobe, founder of WIPHOLD. She has evolved so many businesses, so many times. I can’t stop learning from her.  

 

What is your superpower?

I am very good with systems, a go-getter and very positive. 

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  • Mineral resources & energy

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  • City-of-Cape-Town

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  • Landis + Gyr
  • Conlog
  • Actom Pty Ltd

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  • Landis+Gyr
  • General Electric

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  • Brady
  • Canada Pavilion
  • G3-PLC
  • IFS
  • Oracle
  • IEEMA
  • Power Africa
  • Longi Solar
  • PRIME Alliance
  • Toshiba

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  • ESI Africa

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  • Conlog
  • Eaton
  • Lucy Electric
  • Nyamezela
  • Oracle Utilities
  • Prime Alliance
  • Apua Asea

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  • Ntiyiso
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  • Enel Foundation

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