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Having fun following her passion

Author :Jessica Hubbard
Originally Published by      :GradX 2011
Published :Aug 22, 2011

A real interest in helping to produce useful products is one way of proving your mettle.

Pfadzani Ligudu is currently working at Columbus Stainless. She studied metallurgy at the University of Pretoria, and received a bursary from Columbus while in her third year of university.

She completed her undergraduate degree in 2010 and is currently pursuing her honours metallurgy at the same university.

She initially wanted to be an engineer, and went to a technical highschool to pursue her dream. However, when she matriculated and investigated the engineering fields, metallurgy took precedence.

“We live in a country that is rich in mineral resources and steel processing industries. I wanted to be a part of the team that transforms raw materials to useful products. As a metallurgist, you can extract minerals from ore (gold, coal, manganese, FeCr to mention a few), and process scrap materials into stainless steel,” explains Pfadzani.

A typical day at work for Pfadzani involves some serious up-time, both on her own and as part of a larger team.

“In the morning you do quality reports from the previous day’s production, and then you attend to major issues which hamper production, or produce bad quality,” she says. Pfadzani also attends a meeting or two for the day, and then tackles long-term investigative projects to solve problems challenging the plant.

Outside of the workplace she is committed to her spiritual life and recently started focusing on her physical well-being as well. She reads, but “nothing beats spending time with my loved ones.”

“I wanted to be a part of the team that transforms raw materials to useful products.” – Pfadzani Ligudu

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