Raimundo Sitoe

Sponsored by: MPDC

Studied: Mechanical Engineering at Industrial Institute Maputo

Based at: Matola

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
In your footsteps, what would Jesus do?
Your preferred superpower
My inner strength
Your greatest fear:
Being unhappy
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
I would buy construction materials, as I own land already, and I would build my house there
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Maputo City, where I lived with my sisters, grandparents, uncles and my father. I have 7 brothers, my father works as a Portuguese language teacher in a public school for over 20 years and my mother does not currently work.
What are your best memories from childhood?

My best memories are of my grandmother, because she was a great woman in my life. When my parents separated I was only 2 years old and this being a phase where children need the mother’s affection and warmth, my grandmother ended up playing the role of mother, grandmother, friend and taught me to cultivate love.

From the difficult moments of life that my sister Salima Sitoe and I spent together, we learned to value what we have and what we are.

“I wish to be a man fulfilled in all aspects of life; professional, financial, social and academic life and be able to contribute positively to the growth of my country.”

What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?
The biggest challenges facing the industry today in Mozambique are:
Installing processing industries with diverse resources which depend 100% on foreign employment. Mozambique has many resources of great importance, but by not investing in the processing industry we pay a lot for our raw materials because we first export them for processing.
How would your colleagues describe you?
My colleagues describe me as being a young man with a lot of willpower to do good and the know how to put professionalism into practice.
How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?
I would like my career to progress in a good progression, whether inside or outside the company where I am currently working. I would like to be recognised for my work and the value that I carry as a full-fledged technician.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is my father ( Vasco Sitoe ). I have my father as my greatest inspiration because he is a living example of a struggling man – even in the most difficult moments of his life he always fought tirelessly in search of a solution by not giving space to difficulties and problems.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My biggest achievement was my training in General Mechanics.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?
I decided to study General Mechanics because since I was little I have been passionate about engines and their operating principles.
How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
I would encourage young Mozambicans to study General Mechanics as it is a course with a very wide field of application in Industries.