Ms Onke Ngacu, a Technologist at GIBB East London Office in the Water & Infrastructure Sector, has been appointed as SAICE Chairperson for the Amathole Region for 2018/19.
Ngacu was born in Mthatha , the capital city of the former Transkei. She has been living in East London for the last ten years.
Being inspired by a love to improve the lives around her Ngacu, studied civil engineering at the former PETech, now known as Nelson Mandela University. In 2012 she graduated for her Btech through the GIBB bursary scheme.
For the last 10 years she has been working at GIBB as a business developer, project manager, engineer’s representative and junior designer on mostly rural water supply projects.
Ngacu’s passion is in assisting others to be the best they can be hence being one of the founding members of Women in Engineering in the Amathole region. This initiative was born out of concern about the marginalisation of women in the engineering profession. This initiative continues to gain traction as it focuses on assisting on a one-to-one basis with registration, mentoring younger women engineers and offer career guidance for high school learners who pursue engineering as a career.
She recently did an interview with TruFM on behalf of the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) educating the nation about engineering as a career of choice.
She continues to show her passion for community service by volunteering on SAICE (South African Institute of Civil Engineers) Amathole branch as chairperson for 2018. Some of her functions as a chair include intervening in the accreditation of Walter Sisulu University, hosting the provincial Water and Bridge Competition but most of all the duty of the branch committee is to promote the interests of their members. This platform allows her to live her passion and purpose, giving freely of herself for the good of others.