Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans – 2018 Edition
Science & Technology

Pule Segale (32)

Civil engineer and construction site manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

“I get up in the morning because I want to realise my full potential. I am driven to create a legacy that can live beyond my years. I believe in sustainable development and have a strong desire to contribute to the energy sector,” says Pule Segale.

Through successfully delivering two wind energy projects in South Africa and recently directing his energy to the broader African energy market — supporting and leading Mainstream Renewable Power’s asset delivery mandate to develop and construct renewable energy projects under the “electrifying Africa” strategy — he is certainly making sure his desire to contribute to the energy sector is realised.

Having worked in the built environment, Segale’s skills are critical in providing access to energy, building infrastructure and making cities more inclusive. An alumnus of the Brightest Young Minds (BYM) organisation (after being selected as one of the 100 young leaders in Africa to attend the BYM summit in 2016) Segale has also been recognised as a Future Energy Leader by the World Energy Council and is part of the FEL-100 program that is designed to inspire, grow and develop the world’s energy leaders of tomorrow.

“This was one of my proudest moments thus far,” he says, adding that the recognition “has encouraged me to do more in the energy space”.

Segale received the inaugural Youth Energy Leadership Award in 2017 from the South African National Energy Association and was nominated for the Outstanding Contribution Award (Youth Leader) in 2018 by African Utility Week. He holds a BSc in engineering and is completing an MSc in project management, both from the University of Cape Town.

“I am constantly challenging myself to better contribute to the society in which I live and would like to be a change agent as well as position myself as an advisor to the current officials in order to tackle the challenges related to energy poverty and economic development,” he says, adding, “My primary aim is to improve the quality of life for ordinary people by providing access to clean, renewable energy.”— Carl Collison

Twitter: @PuleSegale