During the past six months, Martin Sitefane secured his master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and received official recognition as a professional engineering technologist. He confesses that the birth of his daughter, a few months prior to this patch of career milestones, sweetens these achievements all the more. The blazing-hot streak is not novel ground for Sitefane, whose laboratory work as a pyrometallurgist at Mintek finds him working with extreme temperatures each day. His research aims to streamline the metal extraction processes to enhance economic and commercial viability, a noble pursuit when viewed in light of South Africa’s electricity constraints. A big-picture perspective informs Sitefane’s approach to his scientific efforts. He frames the desire to create more efficient systems in the broader context of job creation and the development of a competitive local industry.
Focus on what will bring you fulfillment, but also purpose.