Experienced electrical engineer, Muhenje, joined the Lithon ranks in August 2021. We recently had a chance to sit down with him and find out what he loves most about his job and working at Lithon.
I was attracted to electrical work from a very young age. There was an electrical contractor in my hometown of Opuwo, called Peter, who sparked my interest in all things electrical as a child. He was (and still is) a real expert, and had a big influence on me deciding to study electrical engineering by the way he went about his electrical work.
I’m currently involved in consulting work where we carry out design, documentation, and supervision for electrical projects for buildings or bulk services. I work on the whole electrical setup. At Lithon, we do a lot of electrical feasibility studies for existing and new buildings, and also bulk electrical services.
Access to electricity is a big need and can make a positive difference in people’s lives. I’m grateful to be a part of making this a reality for people every day.
Developed countries have got there through engineering and electrical engineering is a part of that. Electricity helps economies grow and countries develop, and in so doing brings about positive changes to societies. Renewable energy (wind, solar, and so on) can also assist with a greener future for all.
There’s a real family vibe here. Feeling connected and accepted by everyone helps me to be more useful and productive.
During my internship, I worked at Navachab Gold Mine which was great because I could put all the theory I had learned into practice.
A particular favourite project (before Lithon) was the Kunene Regional Offices in my hometown of Opuwo, with my previous employer, JEC cc. My friends and family back home got to see the kind of work I do and I even bumped into the electrical contractor I had admired as a child, while working on that project!
At Lithon, I’ve been involved in some surveys and electrification projects in rural areas, in collaboration with Nam Power. This work has helped me to see the importance of electricity more closely, by working with real people on the ground.
Without a doubt, my parents. They have always been there and have been very supportive in my journey.
Success means that I am able to help people because of the work that I do, and also be an inspiration to others. Even if I fall short in life, I’d like that to inspire others to carry on despite the setbacks.
This year I want to focus on my health and creating a positive work/life balance.
I’m very interested in history, specifically Namibia, and I’m currently reading a book titled ‘Samuel Maharero’ by Gerhard Pool. I love watching and also playing football in my free time. My favourite international football teams are Kaizer Chiefs and Liverpool, and local team is African Stars.
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