McLeod Boipuso Sibanda is a dedicated scholar and works hard in the worlds of geology and engineering.
He is a husband, a father of three children, and the Managing Director of a reputable civil engineering company in Botswana.
He was born in the village of Pandamatenga, Botswana, and as a youth he realized he had the knack for engineering.
“From a young age I was passionate about Mathematics and Physics and the civil engineering industry suited my passion for application,” he said.
He holds certificates in Rock Identification and Geotechnical Core logging, Soil Profiling and Chip Logging from the South African Institute for Engineering & Environmental Geologists. He also has a Laboratory and Field Techniques certificate from the University of Cape Town, and he recently graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering from the Engineering Institute of Technology. He is putting those qualifications to good use. He says:
“I have over 21 years of progressive experience in Civil Engineering, working in the fields of soil mechanics, geotech, laboratory testing and rock mechanics. I will apply what I learned to sharpen my technical writing of geotechnical reports, analyzing all standards of building specifications, boosting my confidence in structural engineering. Most importantly, to share my knowledge and expertise with others.”
He is a hands-on aspirant engineer who works on the development of infrastructure - roads, bridges and tunnels. He is also involved with water and sewer reticulation design, foundation engineering and project management.
McLeod notes that one of the highlights of his career was working on the Kazungula Bridge and Border — a construction that provided a link between Botswana, Zambia, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
McLeod is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Civil and Structural Engineering through EIT. Thereafter he plans to obtain his Masters in Geological Engineering. He believes these qualifications will take his company to greater heights. He concludes:
“Hard work, dedication, success and the desire to achieve whatever goal I set motivates me to keep dreaming.”
Despite being in the midst of his continued professional development, McLeod wrote a book. It is an autobiography which details his childhood and upbringing. It is called: Triumph Awakens In The Midst Of Turbulence.