andrew temboWhat industry do you work in?

I work in the Mining and Energy Industry.

What are your strengths?

  • Hardworking
  • Excellent time management
  • The ability to influence customers
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • High standard of performance
  • Leadership skills
  • Am committed to excellence and business sustainability
  • Customer Service satisfaction
  • Positive

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

I come from a country where we are earning most of our revenue from the mining sector.  Since my childhood  I always put my academic success towards mining. Today working in the mine and energy sector has offered me many rewards and personal benefits. I Am a technically top grade engineer and a young manager with working experience in mines and thermal power plants.

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

My field of work gives me the opportunity to work independently (earn trust from fellow employees) and the other people I work with, comprising of culture diversity. It is great to work with people that care about  the company’s success and doing a good job as a team.  It is hard to find such a working environment because so many people just do not care about honesty, hard work and integrity. What I have just expressed is my first priority and I always try to bring about the much needed change across field works.

How do you manage and overcome these challenges?

I manage my challenges by stepping back when I feel stressed and start to focus more on prioritising responsibilities. I have the correct balance between good stress and bad stress.  For me personally, good stress helps me to stay motivated and productive, enabling me to think through the situation and begin to formulate a plan of action to overcome the conflict or stress. I like jogging and playing soccer in my free time. It’s a greater stress reducer.

When I am working on a project, I do not just want to meet the deadline, rather, I prefer to complete the project well ahead of schedule due to my time management skills. I also enjoy working with people from different cultures, background, and am a good listener and leader too.

What has been the highlight of your career?

While working at Universal Mining and Chemical Industries as a Quality Engineer  in Lusaka Zambia, we were faced with the problem of heat losses and increases in scrap volume (waste) during the transfer of the ladle furnace to the continuous casting machine.  The temperature drop was so fast which meant we had a sadden increase of defects on casted billets, it was a 120mm by 120mm billet for our new customers in Congo. I immediately stepped in with the production supervisor, our material supply manager, and the director of engineering Dr. Kaoma. We were able to lay out a workable plan to minimize heat losses and guarantee material accounting. While this was a challenging experience and involved long hours, the pay-off was a signed contract with a new customer. We therefore increased our market share.

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If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

US$ 6,500.00 per month (estimate)

What can this person expect to earn) after 10 years of experience?

US$ 10,000.00 per month

What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?

To continue working hard and to upgrade my academic level concerning the necessary management tools to bring about the much needed technical resource sustainability. This resource sustainability will allow me  to solve industrial problems and reduce  gaps, scrap volume, downtime and eliminate any losses.

If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?

  • Practical;
  • Confident;
  • Knowledgeable;
  • Leader;
  • Outgoing.

Where in Africa have you worked before?

I have worked in Zambia for some time now with vast experience in Europe also.

As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

Nigeria has vast mineral wealth in terms of crude,  natural gas and its population. Its  unexplored mineral rich mainly natural gas, petroleum (crude) and thermal power (HFO based) are a huge demand at world market.

CA Global is a big believer in Africa, why do YOU believe in Africa?

I believe in Africa because of the following strength and opportunities it exhibits in terms of mineral wealth in comparison to the rest of the world:

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