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Sehlare Sa Meetlwa
I am a Decision Optimiser at heart. In my mind I continuously analyse different decision options, and evaluate patterns to firstly identify the most probable option to be successful and secondly the most simple and elegant approach to implement it.
I loved mathematics and science in school and enjoyed working with people, so I decided to study Industrial Engineering. I graduated in B.Eng (Industrial) with the University of Pretoria in 1999. I started my career in Industrial Engineering as a Graduate in Training in the mining industry and worked on a number of business improvement projects where cost reduction and process improvement was usually the focus. From the beginning I was intrigued to understand what makes people excel at what they do and how we can apply and develop our teams to their best potential. Consequently, in 2004 I turned my focus to the Human Science side of business and spent the next 6 years implementing innovative learning strategies for companies, mostly in the aluminium industry, to improve product quality and throughput, reduce waste and reduce human error.
After working on a number of feasibility studies for new mine development projects, I decided to focus on decision support as a specialisation area for the rest of my professional career and joined the VBKom team in 2013 as Decision Support Consultant. Since then I have worked on a number of projects, mostly providing services in risk management and operational readiness. I enjoy the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the project world and I strive to continuously improve my ability to add value through empowering informed decision making in uncertainty.
At home, I share my life with my husband, daughter, two boys and our Golden Retriever. Together we create unforgettable memories exploring interesting rock climbing destinations in South Africa.
In 2016, I graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pretoria.
Reigning from a small town in Limpopo (Tzaneen), adapting to the lifestyle in Pretoria was one of the biggest mountains I’ve ever had to overcome, but now I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else in the world!
I look forward to the new chapter in my life with VBKOM – I know it will be an unbeatable and invaluable learning experience.
Besides work, I occupy my time by enjoying cocktails or wine with my friends, spending time in the outdoors with my boyfriend, and driving my sister crazy.
I also enjoy reading fiction, and will never watch a movie based on a book, before reading the book!