Interview with Khani Hlungwani
What did you want to be as a child when you 'grew up? How did you find out about your current career and what is it that attracted you to it?
Like most people, I thought I would be a doctor, a paediatrician, to be exact. However, I realised I couldn't stand the sight of blood and suffering children. I then enrolled in a chemical engineering degree at the University of Pretoria with the hope of working in the food industry. By then, I knew I wanted a career in the food industry but I did not want to be a food scientist as I thought that would limit me to a lab, and I very much love working with people.
Engineering did not provide me with the excitement or the opportunities that I was seeking. So, I then spoke to one of the professors and told him my issue. We then looked at different options until I found agricultural economics. I have never heard of it before, but it was everything I was looking for. I have always loved economics and wondered how markets worked, how trade happens between countries and who makes the decisions. When I first switched to the Agricultural Economics course, I spent my birthday at the library, and I loved every minute of it. There was, and still is, so much for me to learn, and that is exciting.