Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2019
Onekai Adeliade Rwezuva is a graduate engineer passionate about power generation and fluid mechanics. She is a holder of a BSc Honors in Mechanical Engineering (UZ – 2016), where she was awarded the Benjamin Kass Prize for the best engineering student. After graduating, she joined Rio Tinto Zimbabwe’s Dalny mine as a graduate trainee where she is now currently the Acting Plant Engineer. Onekai is an alumni of the Joshua Nkomo Scholarship which she was awarded in 2010 after excelling in her GSCE Ordinary Level exams. From 2010, she was involved in many community building projects including mentorship, career guidance and clean up campaigns. She was also a participant of the Deloitte Youth Internship Program where she learnt about work ethics and professionalism in today’s business environment. Onekai is also keen on maintenance planning and management and was co-author on the Design of a hybrid maintenance strategy by mitigating the six losses and riding a curve of maintenance effectiveness, a research paper which was published in the IJETAE in February 2016. She is also a Zimbabwe 2018 Rhodes Scholars Finalist and was recently awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship to further her studies. She intends to pursue an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on researching the feasibility of using existing processing plants for cogeneration (combined heat and power plants) to partly address Africa’s energy deficit. Onekai believes Africa is too rich to be called poor and is willing to be part of the men and women who will steer Africa towards greatness.