Kurisani Maswanganyi, Managing Director and Founder of Kulani Engineering has a passion for engineering. “It’s all about solving problems and having light-bulb moments. It involves creating something from nothing – making a road where there wasn’t one before. It’s very rewarding,” she explains.
She worked as a trainee at Africon Consulting, but left to study at the UK’s Cambridge University. Then an opportunity arose to work on the Terminal 5 extension to London’s massive Heathrow Airport, a project that challenged her, but provided her with valuable experience, and a confidence in her own ability.
Wanting to continue on her personal journey towards empowerment, she took a leap of faith and founded Kulani Engineering without any seed capital. Since those first, formative days, she’s now setting up key partnerships with local government departments, international firms, and corporate entities looking to improve their environmental sustainability.
Kurisani’s personal ambition is clear in the scale, and the standard of the projects that Kulani develops.“My company’s motto is ‘Engineering for impact’ – and I live that in everything I design. I love this country and I know that with the right mind-set, I can change it for the better,” she says.