Information system guru wants to help others improve

2017-04-13 06:00
Sakhumzi “Sakhi” Louw, wants to mentor youth to achieve their dreams.PHOTO: Supplied

Sakhumzi “Sakhi” Louw, wants to mentor youth to achieve their dreams.PHOTO: Supplied

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A youth who started his business in information technology is opening his arms to mentor those who have a passion for the industry.

Sakhumzi “Sakhi” Louw, from Khayelitsha, started his information technology business, Ntinga Information System, few years ago and he believes that anyone can conquer his or her world.

Louw a System Engineer focusing on information security, infrastructure, systems performance tuning, shell scripting, implementation of architecture standards, assist and mentor junior engineers in technical functions, capacity management, backup and recovery information security research including site reliability.

He said everyone can reach greater heights regardless of the issue of where one is coming from.

“There are a lot of opportunities that exist, but some youth in townships do not know about.

Growing up in a disadvantaged background does not mean you cannot compete in an international level.

My love for open source started in the year 2000 when I was introduced to Windows as an additional subject in high school which I passed without having a computer at home. I used to print an A3 page of a keyboard at the local library and practiced typing skills,” Louw said.

He was then introduced to a volunteer group that had a project funded by the Shuttleworth Foundation, in 2001.

They focused on installing computer labs in schools running Linux Terminal Services.

“That to me was paradise, I felt relieved, I felt like I had power on my fingertips, which I did. Learning and understanding Linux command line became my daily bread, till today. I have been learning as much as I possibly about information security, software development, systems architecture and containers (DevSecOps),” he added.

He has since mentored and assisted his two younger brothers, Mziwonke, who is already making his mark in the industry, and Mzwamadoda Louw, who is still trying to find his feet on the industry.

“My wish is to lead or mentor a group of ambitious and talented individuals from diverse backgrounds who are keen on learning about open source technology. I should be able to assist them from anywhere in the country all that is required is access to the internet. I was mentored and continue to be mentored,” he added.

Louw has recently moved to Johannesburg in pursuit of greener pastures.

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