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Lulama Magenuka

Lulama Magenuka

Young Expert at eLEAF Feed the World - South Africa
YEP period 2020 - 2022, batch 21

YEP Role

YEP FruitLook TechCoach

Skills

Computer literacy skills

  • Microsoft Word 
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • SAS software (Statistics)
  • Statistica 13.0 (Statistics)
  • Data analysis
  • E-mail

Professional skills

  • Leadership and teamwork skills – Able to motivate and manage a group of people on farming. Have ability to work under pressure without supervion, fit perfectly in a team and work individually to achieve reliable results.
  • Planning and organisational skills – Organised, logical thinker, strategic planning, decision making.
  • Communication skills – Good oral presentation and writing skills, strong interpersonal communication skills, and good at engaging various agriculture stakeholders.
  • Problem solving skills – Good analytical problem solving obtained during academic seminars, academic research projects and master’s thesis.
  • Research skills - collecting data, summarising dataset and advanced scientific report writing and presentation skills.

Background

Nationality: South African
Education:
  • Master of Science (MSc) in agriculture agronomy, Stellenbosch University
  • Bachelor of Science (HONS) in agriculture crop science, University of Fort Hare
  • Bachelor o Science in agriculture soil science (cum laude), University of Fort Hare
  • Matric, St. John’s College 

Experience before YEP

Fruitlook Techcoach, Blue North Sustainability, September 2020 – Present:

  • Communicating with FruitLook users, responding to queries or requests whether through phone calls, skype, emails or personal meetings
  • The main purposes are to assist with queries regarding FruitLook and to promote FruitLook
  • Data analysis, interpretation, report writing and presenting
  • Assist in presenting training courses on FruitLook
  • Attending meetings and provide feedback on progress with FruitLook activities
Graduate research trainee, Mahlathini Development Foundation (GrainSA- CASFIP), January 2019 – December 2019:
  • Performing specialised tasks in the field of agronomy and soil science
  • Participating in project and experiments:
    • Planning
    • Planting
    • Harvesting
    • Data recording and managing
    • Data analysis, interpretation, report writing and presenting
  • Trial management and maintenance
  • Organising schedule of land preparation and equipment use
  • Managing all tunnel experiments for smallholder farmers; trench bed, shallow beds, raised beds, and tower gardens
  • Managing and monitoring farmer’s irrigation system schedule in their tunnel experiment
  • Facilitating farmer’s workshops
  • Working with constructing of surveys on Pendragon
  • Assisting in general field work when required and assist with all administrative work
  • Reporting compilation and evaluation

Technical field assistant, University of Stellenbosch, February 2017 – December 2018:

  • Conducting research field trials alongside my master’s supervisor (Dr Pieter Swanepoel) at research farm stations in Langgewens, Roodebloem and Tygerhoek for grain crops such as oats, wheat, canola, barley and pastures
  • Calibrating equipment and equalizer implement with the team prior winter season planting
  • Collecting soil and plant samples for analysis in Swartland and Southern Cape regions
  • Curated large dataset and read published academic papers to compare with our results
  • Data collection and analysis using Statistics packages

Field assistant, University of Stellenbosch CREST, August 2017 – November 2017:

  • Assisting a doctoral candidate on the door to door surveys on public perceptions of environmental problems/ climate change in the Western Cape, South Africa

Tutor and lbaoratory assistant, University of Fort hare, February 2015 – December 2016:

  • Preparing and conducting weekly tutorials for first, second- and third-year students
  • Assisting students in various assignments including soil science practical’s
  • Communicating and explaining complex concepts in simple terms
  • Marketing and providing feedback to students on tutorial work pieces submitted
  • Providing extra academic and psychosocial support to students who needed help
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