Ngwako Lelope

Ngwako Lelope

Ngwako is the founder and director of both Buletu Technology Holdings & Associates, as well as the Host for the Industrialisation & Localisation Expert ™ platform. This initiative is in line with his passion to capture real stories within the manufacturing sector of economies at a global platform.

Ngwako Lelope has acquired sound technical and analytical skills in the metallurgical and mineral processing industries, with 10 years hands-on experience on efficient plant operation, maintenance supervision and worked within multi-disciplinary engineering teams and successfully executed projects. This is further coupled with credible leadership abilities, good communication (at all levels), and interpersonal skills. He has acquired intense supervisory and management skills, with the ability to tackle both minor and complex issues within the business environment. In addition to the experience gained, Ngwako has been exposed to process improvement methodologies and principles applied in various sectors of industry (i.e. Lean & Six Sigma).

His career flourished further when he spent 11 years (and 4 months) at Eskom, the State Owned Power Utility, being intensely involved with project planning activities for both the Nuclear New Build/Capital Expansion Programme and the Next Coal Project as per the Eskom’s Project Life Cycle Model (PLCM). Ngwako possess adequate and Advanced Project Management skills required to manage complex projects from concept, development (business case) through execution, commissioning and final handover.  He was influential towards the development of various component/system strategies for the projects, applying both Sourcing & Project Management principles. 

He later spent the last 8 years of his journey within the Group Technology & Commercial Division, working for the Supplier Development, Localisation & Industrialisation (SDL&I) Department. His primary role was to conduct market research and industry analysis for various commodities and projects within the business and provide inputs into the sourcing strategies on key imperatives which will advance local supplier development. He served on various roles such as Research Analyst, Business Integration Officer as well as an Advisor – Industrialisation. 

These portfolios (combined) have an annual procurement spend in excess of R2.8 billion. Ngwako also served as a member of the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (NIASA) – Supply Chain Development Sub-Committee (since July 2011 to 2017) and the Valves & Actuator Manufacturer Association of SA (VAMCOSA), representing Eskom. He has undertaken several Outward Investment Missions coordinated by the dti and the Industry Associations to explore technological partnerships with international Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and potential nuclear reactor vendor companies in countries such as South Korea, Japan & Russia. He worked intensely within various multi-disciplinary cross-functional teams (CFTs) to influence key decision-making and approval from various Tender Committees in Eskom. He has acquired hands on experience on Tender Bid document evaluations (desktop) as well as Factory Technical Assessments (FAT), primarily focusing on technical, quality and supply chain elements for local content compliance.

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What industry leaders say about Ngwako?

“Always professional, resourceful, approachable and over the years he has been instrumental through advice and guidance in the development of Holtec Africa.”  Sebastian Bloem is the Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Holtec Africa PTY LTD. “Keep up the good work Ngwako”. 

“Ngwako is a very good listener, patient and always willing and available to help as well as advice” WILLIE GROENENSTEIN, Managing Director at KULKONI SA PTY LTD

“Our meeting was informative and was helpful to future tenderers” Naledi Moloele, founder of Whyten Creation (cleaning services).  More job offers for work available for the people in a specific area is what Eskom should consider for emerging enterprises.

“My experience in working with Ngwako is that he is attentive and always try to solve the problem at hand. He is able to refer issues to other colleagues in and outside Eskom” Andy Matakanye, CEO at United Industrial Cables (UIC)

“Knowledgeable “ Calvin Mutize , CEO at  DLC56PROJECTS cc

“He knows the subject very well and understands the industrial requirement.  Ngwako has been very supportive for the implementation of SD&L on all the engagement that we interacted with and we are pleased to be under his guidance.” Michael Sadiki – Commercial Manager at Bilfinger Intervalve Africa (Pty) Ltd

“Keep it up to support small business” Solomon Tshakala – Managing Director at Lwandle Engineering

“Ngwako has been seen by me as a quiet and balanced person when I did meet him. The speed of the discussions and the weighting of words could sometimes be a discussion breaker” Frank  Bekkens – General Manager at Steinmüller Africa (Pty) Ltd

“Mr. Lelope is approachable and very easy to work with.  He is able to give the right guidance as and when required by us.” Agnes Ngulube -Internal Sales at PH MARKETING

“Keep up the good work, you have been of great help to us, your patience is amazing” Mathebe Makena, Internal Sales at Ithuba Valves. 

“Ngwako is always willing to assist and support on SD&L related topics” Sandile Makhathini, Diversity Manager at Siemens Mobility (Pty) Ltd

“Can’t really comment much as I have just been in interaction with Ngwako only on two occasions. But the gentleman knows his job very well, and I can confidently say he is very knowledgeable in his field.” Victor Khuboni, Head of Business Development at MI Materials South Africa (Pty) Ltd

“Very pleasant manner although a little quiet. I suspect that Ngwako is under resourced and over committed.” Andrew Allen, Director at BBG ENGINEERING

“Ngwako, thanks for your hard work and expert advice whenever I came knocking at your door for assistance. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours and keep the flag flying high”. Lwando Limba, Contracts Manager BESS Project

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