As Africa becomes poised to address the millions of people without power, a young pioneer and entrepreneur is heading his own initiative to improve poverty, provide stable jobs in the community, and of course bring electricity to those in need. Although Anda Maqanda grew up in a small town on the Eastern Cape of Africa surrounded by poverty and lack of basic amenities such as clean water and power, he knew early on that he was destined to do great things.
Launching an Energy Powerhouse
In 2008, at the early age of 28, Anda launched his personal engineering business the AM group. He built his company to focus on bringing power lines, renewable energy, and automation to a country that has over 600 million people living without power. But Anda didn’t have immediate success and after struggling to find a contract, he was forced back into the full time work force until 2010 when he regrouped and relaunched his project.
This time Anda had a secret formula. Instead of sitting back and waiting for contracts, he was determined to make an impact and started pitching big ideas to big companies. With his new approach, and natural ability to present, Anda quickly began landing support and his engineering business was off and running. Today, AM employs over 150 different engineers working all over the country.
Over the last six years, Anda has gained international recognition for his innovation, passion and engineering designs, winning a number of awards including SAB KickStart, and was named Forbes 30 promising entrepreneurs in Africa.
Anda is not the only one passionate about providing power to the country and with the recent news around the renewable energy projects being led by USAID and the International Renewable Energy Agency, Anda has a great opportunity to work with other companies that share his passion.
AM group has a wide focus when it comes to providing the proper power to the communities across the country including infrastructure, renewable energy, and power line projects.
One of the biggest factors of Africa’s lack of power comes down to the simple fact that they don’t have the infrastructure needed to provide electricity to the area. AM group focuses on building the proper foundation for in-house resources and equipment making it possible for people to enjoy the modern amenities such as fiber options, power, and network communications.
Recognizing the power of renewable energy, combined with increased efforts to make Africa a major player in sustainable energy, AM group also works to provide solar and wind system designs for local communities that support both residential and commercial areas.
Building power lines are equally important to bring this project together, and the AM group knows the success of this long term power initiative rides on the fact that people need power lines. Recognized as the fastest growing high voltage power supplier in the country, if anyone can pull it off, the AM group can.
Anda Maqanda grew up in poverty and surrounded by people in need, but that didn’t deter him from starting his own business to help promote well being and economic impact of his local community and country. Maqanda is known for his determination to use his know how, business model, and resources to help develop the rural and impoverished areas in his home country. Not only is he bringing more jobs to the areas that he’s developing but he aims to introduce engineering as a real and viable career choice for all aspiring designers.
“My ambition is to be an asset in my community by uplifting and creating employment for the youth across the Eastern Cape,” he says.