Celebrating Game Changes: Female legend in energy Jerusha Joseph


Female legend in energy        

by Alice Mminele

There are phenomenal young women who are making changes in South Africa. These women uncover solutions on a daily basis and work towards shaping our countries state of being. We hardly celebrate these women, and sometimes, they go unnoticed, yet we find that some things we touch daily are a product of their hard work.

Meet 28 year old Jerusha Joseph, a Mechanical Engineer at the King Shaka International Airport in Durban. Joseph holds a BScEng degree at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal and was named a “2015 Legend in Energy” at the 38th World Energy Engineering Congress in the United States of America.

Her study titled “Study of a solar-assisted air-conditioning system for South Africa” is commercially available worldwide. This young lady also chairs the Energy Forum involving all nine principal airports, and she is tasked with establishing energy efficiency and energy management as a culture within Airports Company South Africa, which began in 2010. She leads the implementation of the Energy Management System (EnMS) at the airport.

On a day to day basis, her duties are to optimise infrastructure and facilities at King Shaka International Airport; this is something that involves making current infrastructure efficient and optimised from a resource and operating cost perspective.

Joseph holds a strong view that South Africa is not short of talented and skilled individuals, and she is proving it daily. Her next milestone is completing her PhD in Mechanical Engineering and her current research is on “Energy Efficiency and Energy Security in Developing Countries”. With this research, Joseph hopes to come up with solutions to assist South Africa in the current energy crisis that it finds itself in.

Being an employee of such a credible company, Joseph’s dream is well underway. Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) holds a global footprint spanning across three continents. This is a world-class service for South Africa’s nine principle airports as well as airports in Mumbai, India and Sao Paulo, Brazil. This is a company that is responsible for more than 80 percent of South Africa’s commercial air travel, managing over 35million passengers per year.

Joseph is a potential role model to many young girls who still view the Engineering fraternity as a male environment, we look up to such women who make strides in our country and we wish her well in her endeavours.