Kouga Wind Farm has a small but dynamic team of individuals who bring their unique skills, passions and experience to keeping our turbines turning. Lameez Davids has been with our Cape Town office since the beginning and, while her role is out of the spotlight, her administrative skills are essential to our daily operations and changing the communities in which we work. Meet Lameez:
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself.
A: I grew up in a little area of Cape Town called Surrey Estate, where every child spent long hours running the streets with laughter. Many fond memories of my younger years are still fresh, tucked away in a corner of my mind. My favourite thing to do is spend time with my only child; she is the light of my life. We spend a lot of time just having endless conversations about anything while we make our organic body products together. I also enjoy baking and have developed quite a skill in that area.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
A: I would love to travel to the Amazon and get stuck there. I love nature. The climate is perfect and there is enough of everything. The animals who call the Amazon home may not be as welcoming as I would hope but I will happily take my chances in befriending them.
Q: How long have you been working for Kouga Wind Farm?
A: 6 years, 5 months and 2 days to be exact. [Ed: It’s even longer at time of posting!]
Q: What attracted you to apply for a position at Kouga Wind Farm?
A: I love working with people, helping to better a tired situation, being in the middle of it all. Kouga Wind Farm did just that, helping communities fend for themselves, teaching them a skill that will be theirs for life. I may not work directly in the communities that we serve, but being a part of uplifting their lives is more than enough. A small contribution, though behind the scenes goes a long way!
Q: Please tell us a bit about your daily duties – what is your role in the team?
A: I work in the back office, which is the ‘engine room’ that drives what we do. My role is finance, office management and general administration.
Q: What have you learned about renewable energy since working at Kouga Wind Farm?
A: One turbine provides power to more than 1000 homes for a whole year and the turbine can last up to 25 years if maintained correctly. When it has reached the end of the line, the turbine parts are either buried, recycled or parts that are still good can be sold and re-used. And surprisingly, this makes for very good conversation at parties.
Q: How has your job changed you?
A: Now knowing what renewable energy does for our world and the opportunities it brings, I have made positive changes in my life. I give more and expect less. Helping someone else holds more promise and rewards.