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A Wealthsmith knows that a successful career comes with patience, dedication and the willingness to put in the hard work.

Working at Sanlam means having the opportunity to forge and grow a career at one of the largest financial services groups in South Africa. The success of the featured Wealthsmiths has come from years of patience, dedication and investment towards growing their careers. They share their wealth of experience about their career journeys that enabled them to be leaders in their field.

 

 

Alutha Moshanihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=14Alutha Moshanihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=1, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=1http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/AluthaMoshani.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/AluthaMoshani.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>IT Executive in the office of the Chief Information Officer</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Alutha was initially drawn to a career at Sanlam because the opportunity included a move to Cape Town. Once she joined the organisation, however, she was so impressed by the stability of the establishment that she knew it was the perfect fit. The holistic approach to work, with a focus on growth and leadership, is what keeps her inspired. </p><p> Alutha understands that finding the elusive work/life balance can be a tough task. “A big challenge for me in corporate life is that the more senior you become, the more difficult it gets to leave work at five o'clock. Finding that balance between work and family is tricky, and even more so for me because I have a toddler”, she says. Despite the challenges, it is her home life that motivates her, “I live for my child”, she explains. “I wake up in the morning and come to Sanlam for her, so that she can have a brighter future and have some of the comforts I didn’t have growing up.” </p><p> Being given flexibility also goes a long way to helping Alutha achieve balance and is what makes her most excited about what she does. “I love being given the space to add my own flavour to my work, and not being told how to do it. Not everyone has the situation where your manager tells you what he’d like you to achieve and then leaves you to get it done.” </p><p> Alutha acknowledges that good leadership is essential to achieving professional success. She is part of a mentoring programme where she gets to choose a member of senior management to guide her and invest in her career. This has brought added focus and clarity to her work. The times when she has been given the opportunity to lead have also formed the highlights of her career, “When I was a senior business analyst I was given a piece of work to take the lead on - that was a big achievement for me. I also have worked with two other people to launch the first women’s event within Sanlam and it was a huge success.” </p><p> The role of women within the organization, and how their careers progress in comparison to male colleagues, is of critical importance to Alutha. “I don’t think we’re necessarily doing the wrong things, I just think that we’re not moving fast enough. We also need to realise that we can’t just remove men from all senior roles because then we’ll lose knowledge.” Alutha recognizes that this is a wider social issue and it’s an area that she’s committed to seeing change in, both within Sanlam and within the Financial Services Industry. </p><p> Women like Alutha are at the forefront of shifting perspectives about the role of females in the sector and challenging the status quo at senior levels. Some of her significant promotion and achievement can be attributed to the growth opportunities at Sanlam, where she was provided with the chance to complete a senior management programme at Stellenbosh University. Equipped with all the skills she needs for her senior position as Chief Information Officer, she is responsible for bringing change in the IT space. “My biggest focus at the moment is innovation. Innovation in our eyes is introducing something new, not necessarily something that has never been done outside of Sanlam, but rather bringing about change within Sanlam speedily and with minimum resources”. Alutha is also a firm believer in the power of a truly diverse work force to drive diversity of thinking and therefore, the innovation that her department requires. </p><p> Alutha’s journey at Sanlam was started on a solid foundation of education and experience, “I studied a BCom in Information Systems and worked at a consulting company in Johannesburg before I moved to Sanlam. My first role was as a Business Analyst and in 2011 I was promoted to Business Case Services Manager. I then left Sanlam for about 20 months in 2015 and returned to the company as an IT Executive.” ​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​IT Executive in the office of the Chief Information Officer</p></div>
Carmel Chinswamihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=15Carmel Chinswamihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=2, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=2http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/CarmelChiswami.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/CarmelChiswami.png<h4 class="qualificationText">​​Position:</h4><p>Senior Corporate Finance Adviser</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>When Carmel was growing up, she wanted to be a doctor. But that all changed in high school when a chartered accountant spoke to her. ​“I thought the profession sounded really interesting,” she explains. Fast forward to 2017 and she’s been at Sanlam for 12 years and still finds her job hugely exciting. </p><p> Carmel has a lifelong love of learning, always wanting to do more and be better. Sanlam’s focus on constant growth is a value that resonates strongly with her and since completing her BCom Honours (with a bursary from Sanlam) and articles, she’s been part of a senior management programme at Stellenbosch University, a leadership programme at Gibs and a course on valuations at INSEAD business school in Paris. Going to INSEAD was a huge career highlight for her and she strongly believes that “If you’re not learning, you’re not growing. A lot was put into my development,” she continues, “This was necessary because our field is very technical.” </p><p> So much of her experience of learning and growth stems from the culture at Sanlam. “It’s very open, accepting and respectful,” she explains, “People are willing to teach you and share knowledge.” This is amplified by a diverse workforce, “No one is the same, so what each person brings is different. Each one brings new perspectives to our organization.” </p><p> Carmel’s role at Sanlam involves assisting and advising the businesses in the group on potential mergers and acquisitions. “There is no routine, your calendar changes frequently and I think I perform better with less of a routine. You also get to work with incredibly interesting people.” </p><p> Her position presents her with challenges on a daily basis, the main ones involving working with target entities. She expands, “When you go outside of Sanlam everything and everyone is different. You learn how different companies and countries do things. When you’re working on a transaction in an emerging market, you learn to work in different context.” </p><p> Carmel’s team is an all-women power house. “I’ve seen the demographics change in my 12 years in Sanlam. The issue of women and their career progression is still out there but at Sanlam, we’re making progress,” she says. </p><p> In her downtime Carmel most enjoys reading and spending time with her niece and nephew. “I try to see them every day. They are like a reset button when it comes to putting things in perspective again after big day at work.” ​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Senior Corporate Finance Adviser</p></div>
Everett Brownhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=16Everett Brownhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=3, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=3http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/EverettBrown.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/EverettBrown.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Programme Manager at Sanlam Emerging Markets</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>One of the things that Everett most appreciates about Sanlam is the faith they have shown in his ability to implement. It’s the reason he was offered his current role within Sanlam Emerging Markets - a role where, even four years down the line, every new project, initiative and country brings with it exciting opportunities. </p><p> Everett first came into contact with Sanlam while working at the Santam Strategy office. Here, he was given the opportunity to do some work for Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM) in Botswana, and jumped at the challenge. It was such a rewarding experience that afterwards, he joined the SEM team full time. </p><p> “I love the emerging market space, it’s really an exciting area right now,” Everett says. “It can be pretty stressful but I think from an acquisition perspective we’ve hit our strategy quite nicely. Our challenges now are around obtaining sustainable top line growth from the in-country businesses.” Everett’s role is to drive delivery, focusing on efficiencies and standardization across all General Insurance businesses in Africa. “That’s where the challenge and excitement is right now and that’s why I’m still here,” he explains. </p><p> Speaking to Sanlam’s growth-focused culture, Everett continues, “The environment I’m in allows me to continuously develop in my professional capacity and encourages creativity and innovation. This I find very fulfilling.” Everett strongly believes that this process is ongoing, “One can always do more, or expect more. In my experience if you’re motivated and want to grow, Sanlam is there for you.” </p><p> Having now entrenched himself in the SEM team, Everett feels that he is on the cusp of his biggest learning season and professional achievement, “We are about to go live with a central hosted solution for our general insurance businesses in Africa. The realization of the central hosted solution supports our continuous improvement and business enablement strategy by reducing the number of admin platforms across the continent and standardizing core functions.” </p><p> In Everett’s work, Sanlam’s commitment to ethical behavior and the company’s principles of strong governance are fundamental to establishing a presence in new markets. “While every market or business has different levels of operational maturity, we don’t deviate from Sanlam’s policies. We will not go in and create an African practice which deviates from what we do in South Africa as far as good ethical business goes.” </p><p> While Everett’s work challenges him on a daily basis, he describes his work environment as “open, diverse and highly motivating” and his supportive colleagues are there to lean on. “It really helps that I work with an incredible group of talented and dynamic people at SEM. The guys take their jobs very seriously but we also have lots of fun, which is a massive motivator.” </p><p> Fun and downtime are key, in Everett’s opinion, to maintaining focus. “I really enjoy the concept of swim, bike and run as a means to stay fit”. He credits his late best friend as his inspiration and role model for balance. “It was Lee who introduced me to an amazing world of balancing work, family and ultra-events. I’m quite consumed with Ultra-triathlons at the moment. I also enjoy eating out and proper family chill time.” ​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Programme Manager at Sanlam Emerging Markets</p></div>
Lebogang Padihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=17Lebogang Padihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=4, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=4http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangPadi.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangPadi.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Legal and Compliance at Sanlam Sky</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Lebo, the head of legal and compliance at Sanlam Sky, seems so well suited to her role, it’s almost as if law was in her genes. In a sense it is; her father was a labour lawyer and worked in union structures for many years. When Lebo was younger and had started thinking about what to study after school, he was very keen on her following in his footsteps. Lebo decided to follow his advice but was unsure about whether she would really enjoy it. “After the first year I realised how much I liked it,” she says. </p><p> Lebo graduated from the University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LLB) in 2005. Since then she has completed a number of courses in her field; compliance management, money laundering, corporate governance and management certificates. “I consider myself fortunate to have had access to both technical and management skills throughout my career. Sanlam places great emphasis on learning and development and makes it easy to acquire any set of skills or level of understanding that you require for your job,” she says. Lebo epitomises the Sanlam value of growth, with a constant drive to do better and a hunger for knowledge. </p><p> A master of balance, Lebo divides her life equally between the professional and personal with perfect ease. “I have my role at Sanlam Sky and am also the mother of a five-year old boy called Ofentse (meaning “the victorious one),” she says with obvious pride. Lebo is a fantastic example of someone who has taken advantage of the range of options available in balancing work and home life at Sanlam, and with flexible expectations she is flourishing in both a personal and professional capacity. </p><p> She attributes her success in both challenging environments to her methodical approach. “This is essential in both of my worlds”, she explains. “As a mom, I work quite hard at providing structure and discipline at home. Ofentse is an only child and I want to make sure that he learns the necessary social rules,” Lebo says. “It’s hard when you are a working parent but I try not to break our routine.” She continues, “At work my team also know that we have certain ways of doing things. They know that we can’t wing it. We create a plan and then execute it. When I arrived here about three and a half years ago, I had no team members at all.” </p><p> Lebo recruited every member of her team. “I have been serious about enabling people to reach their full potential,” she says. “I think that it is one of the most rewarding things to see your people grow and become more confident. They know that hard work and stress is part and parcel of the job but I constantly tell them, “you have to love what you do with passion otherwise you won’t last.” It’s as if Lebo has uncovered the secret to work fulfilment; everything she does is done with zest and meaning, in the knowledge of the difference she is making, and the result is an energy that is contagious. </p><p> Lebo has a vision for her team and her division. “I am serious about enabling people to reach their full potential.” She explains further, “When I get them to execute it, to see and own it, that’s my happiest moment. It’s great when somebody comes to me and says, ‘I now know the importance of prepping, planning and delivery. I know that I can’t just wing it. You have taught me that.” ​</p><div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Head of Legal and Compliance at Sanlam Sky</p></div>
Leigh Kohlerhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=1Leigh Kohlerhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=5, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=5http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LeighKohler2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LeighKohler2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCom UCT, BCOM (Hons), Economics UNISA</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Asset Management Research at Glacier by Sanlam</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Like a lot of young people, Leigh didn’t have a clear idea of the career he wanted when he started university, which is one of the reasons he studied a broad BCom in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. While a lot about the future seemed unclear, he knew that one day he wanted to work for a company that reflected his values and that gave him room to grow; a place where he could have ambitious career goals, but still maintain a human balance. In the end, it was this desire, and the opportunities for innovation, that drew him to the financial services industry and to the Sanlam Group. </p><p> Leigh heads up a team of highly qualified investment analysts, who support the sales function within Glacier. “Our research helps people make better investment decisions”, he explains. </p><p> The journey to his current position has been an interesting one, and he’s played a few different roles along the way. “My first job was an admin assistant and it was about getting my foot in the door, about proving things to myself”, he says. After 6 months he became an ops consultant, which he describes as “an awesome opportunity to develop my decision-making capabilities”. From there he moved to a call center role and was then was given the opportunity to manage the ops team. Armed with key leadership skills he then moved into senior management, heading up the investment administration team and finally moving on to become the Head of Asset Management Research at Glacier, and Associate Director as well. Being exposed to the business from the bottom up as been a huge highlight for Leigh, and has given him both insight and capacity to lead others in different roles. </p><p> He credits much of his successful career growth to the environment at Sanlam, “The Group understands that there are individuals who are ambitious and provides opportunities for them. That’s what keeps me interested and excited. I’ve also realised that people are watching you, seeing what you can do. They are honest about where they think you can add value to the organisation. They have your back, present opportunities to you and help you grow.” </p><p> Leigh’s journey is directly linked to his desire to continue the learning process, with a hope to touch more lives and create a greater impact. He explains further, “Since leaving university, I’ve continued to study. Glacier sponsors an MBA every three years or so and I was fortunate enough to be approached. It’s a huge opportunity and the past few years have been a high point in terms of growth.” Progress and advancement are big motivating factors for Leigh, whether the growth is in terms of professional experience, academic achievements, or personal developments in his family life. </p><p> Leigh has learnt well how to balance the demands of the work place with his life outside the office. To destress and clear his head, he often goes running. He also finds that spending time with his family replenishes him and fills his tank for the next day. His biggest inspiration is his two little girls. “What a child does is give a lot of context to a lot of things. Having this being in front of you, completely innocent and unfettered, and to know that you’re completely responsible for them is intense. So, whatever I do, I make sure that I am able to equip these two beings with everything they need to make a bigger difference in the world than I ever could.” </p><p> Having spent so many years at Sanlam, Leigh is acutely aware of all that has changed, but also of how much has stayed the same. “Glacier started as a Sanlam unit 20 years ago. Back then it was a very ‘family values’ business, driven by honesty, integrity, respect. Twenty years on, these are the values the company really tries to protect.” </p><p> He has seen the workforce change a lot too, becoming increasingly diverse; “Ultimately from a business perspective you want a diversity of thinking. So that’s why diversity is important. If we’re all the same we’re all going to tackle the world in one way. Once you’re able to think about the world differently due to diversity, that’s when you remain relevant and your business becomes sustainable going forward.” </p><p> He’s seen many more women join the ranks and in more senior positions, but he still sees a lot of room for transformation in this area. “I don’t think it’s a Sanlam specific issue. It’s an issue our country is facing and in many ways we’re trying to address the problem. I would like to see more female empowerment and see more women in positions that count. The time for a discussion about the issue has past. We need to address this now, from both a societal and professional perspective. I don’t think that there are any excuses anymore. There are plenty of competent and above competent women around to take on very senior positions, and I honestly think men have messed things up enough in leadership positions, broadly speaking. Balancing out some of all that testosterone is important.” ​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Head of Asset Management Research at Glacier by Sanlam</p> ​​​ <p>BCom UCT, BC​​​​​​​​OM (Hons), Economics UNISA</p></div>
Rivers Khumalohttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=18Rivers Khumalohttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=6, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=6http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RiversKhumalo.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RiversKhumalo.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Application Portfolio Head at Sanlam</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Rivers Khumalo is not afraid of change - in fact, she embraces it. Not only has she changed careers several times, but she has ventured far afield in search of work that challenges and inspires her. After a stint in London, where she gained valuable experience but was unable to find something that she really connected with professionally, she set her sights back on South Africa. </p><p> “When I got to the UK, I soon realised that we are very lucky, in a South African and African context”, she says. “We have a broader skill-set that can be used in multifaceted contexts, allowing for greater career mobility and diversity. This speaks to my more adventurous side.” </p><p> It was with this mindset that Rivers found her way to Sanlam, where she feels like her desire to make a difference and impact others is being met. “I wanted to be in a field where I can add value. Financial services allows for that, in the most tangible way. You can link what you do to the value generated; not only for the organization but for South Africans too.” </p><p> Rivers’s career journey has had many twists and turns, but throughout she has been motivated by a desire to do good and find new challenges. </p><p> “I studied a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Economics, after which I took a gap year teaching Economics to Grade 12s in kwaNongoma. I thought it would be a good way to ground what I had learnt by teaching the same principles to others. After that I went into currencies trading with Standard Corporate Merchant Bank, and later with Nedbank. Then, via a scholarship from the Mail & Guardian, co-sponsored by my then employer Nedbank, I ended up in the Netherlands for a couple of years, doing my MBA. A huge growth experience, and a lot of fun!” </p><p> “It’s really important to me that I’m acting as a value-adding member of the community. If you’re not challenged and driven to contribute in your own context, and therefore to the bigger goal, you lose focus and interest ultimately. In short, I have to care. I care to make a difference.” </p><p> After completing her MBA, Rivers moved into operations consulting. “The key theme around my career path has been defined by taking on change and challenge. It helps that I’m very adaptable, as a person. I like to reinvent myself, constantly.” </p><p> The promise of change, challenge and growth were key to her decision to join Sanlam and to move from operations to IT. “I was given an opportunity to step into a senior management role to lead, as opposed to being a specialist as had been the case until then. It was an appealing challenge, so I said yes and was promised all the necessary support to help me succeed.” She describes her move further, “After a graduate school stint, I went into operations consulting. This type of consulting, re-engineering processes, is often overlaid by IT. It was thus a natural transition to move from process optimisation to automation.” </p><p> Rivers seems to have really hit her stride in her current role, which she describes as, “constant flux.” She continues, “Most of our IT applications are custom so we have quite a large development capability. My role revolves around managing a portfolio of applications that are shared amongst the SPF organization, and one or two at Group level. In this I am assisted by a very supportive application management team.” </p><p> Speaking to the work culture further, Rivers says, “Sanlam is a people-centred organization, by virtue of what we do in looking after people’s well-being. It’s an aspect that’s also internally reflected. You are supported as an individual in terms of your own growth.” She continues, “Every day I am granted the opportunity to bring my voice to the table, and to make a contribution. That’s very empowering. And I like to think I give similar support to those I work with, in turn.” </p><p> A strong believer in constant growth and learning, Rivers has continued her education while working at Sanlam. “I had a great opportunity to be part of the Sanlam Executive Leadership Program in 2016, which definitely improved my business and engagement perspective. I also received great support in completing a MComm in Information Systems, this year.” </p><p> In her field, continued learning is a necessity to keep on top of the developments in the industry. “Keeping up with the constant changes in technology is an ongoing undertaking. From a management perspective, I am also challenged by the question: “How do I keep the people I work with equally challenged and engaged so that they want to stay and bring their smarts to the game?” </p><p> Speaking more generally to the challenges others face in the IT sector, she says “There are no barriers to entry anymore in IT, but it is still a challenge for women to prove themselves in the same way, particularly when we get to the age where we have families, and have to step out of the career ladder, periodically. But I believe with individual and structured career objectives and good planning, this could be mitigated. And sometimes this just involves maybe taking more career risks.” </p><p> Rivers’s desire for newness and change continues outside of her professional life. “I work to travel. I live to explore. I’m inspired by things I don’t know and contexts I don’t understand. There is so much to discover. Exploring feeds my energy and creates the balance I need.” </p>​<div class="ExternalClass81E32DFD5FA24A42BABE5775FE1F96BB"><p>Application Portfolio Head at Sanlam</p></div>
Shakeel Singhhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=19Shakeel Singhhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=7, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=7http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/ShakeelSingh.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/ShakeelSingh.png<h4 class="qualificationText">​Their Story:</h4><p>Shakeel began his career at Sanlam almost five years ago. Before, he worked as a consultant in the field of employee benefits, and later in asset management. "Actually, when I left university I didn't even know what consulting to clients about employee benefits was," he says. "I found the subject very interesting when I moved to the asset management division and felt that I had discovered my niche."</p><p>Although he had felt at home in asset management, Shakeel was really excited when Sanlam offered him a position in employee benefits. "It was different from what I had been doing before," he explains. "The position here at Sanlam is on the business side and on a senior and strategic level." Shakeel saw the move as an opportunity for personal growth and since taking up the position, Sanlam has had him on a steep learning curve.</p><p>"I've learnt so much from my senior colleagues and how they engage with the business because it's important to them that staff are excited," Shakeel says. "Additionally, we have access to a whole range of courses that promote personal and professional development." </p><p>Since finding his feet in Sanlam, Shakeel has excelled professionally and has been recognised both for his values and leadership attributes. He was nominated for the 2015 Sanlam Investments Living the Values Award and the 2016 Sanlam Employee Benefits Udumo Awards for Leadership, and came second both years. "I am really very honoured that I was nominated for these awards by my colleagues," he says. "Being the runner-up still tells me that I am being noticed and rewarded for my hard work. I would recommend Sanlam to anyone wanting a career in the financial services sector." </p><p>Sanlam takes recognition seriously, with a tangible ethos of appreciation for the care, diligence and commitment that employees demonstrate. Shakeel explains. "We have a variety of recognition programmes across the company. The best-known is probably the Chief Executive Awards, which aim to recognise employees for living the company values and for making a contribution to the strategic objectives of the business." </p><p>Shakeel has been at Sanlam for almost five years now and is very happy with the choice he made. "It's an incredibly diverse environment, where collaboration, cooperation and teamwork are encouraged," he explains. "We have a strong sales focus and are encouraged to have entrepreneurial mindsets."</p><p>Work-life balance is not difficult to achieve within Sanlam. "It is a results-driven organisation and you have goals to achieve. This means that we sometimes have to work on weekends, but that's a given in any company," Shakeel points out. Sanlam is fair and flexible in their expectations and staff well-being is incredibly important. "There are also many opportunities for staff to network and socialise," Shakeel continues. </p><p>When asked what he likes to do in his down time away from the office, Shakeel smiles and says, "I'm a bit of a gamer and my wife and I love playing a game of pool on our table at home. However, I am still, somehow, a closet economist. "I love reading about economics and staying in touch with the market," he says. "I recently read a book by Chris Hart and Glenn Silverman called Halfway There, which is incredibly informative. It gave me great insight into investing in the BRICS countries."</p>​<div class="ExternalClass81E32DFD5FA24A42BABE5775FE1F96BB"><p>Chief Marketing Officer at Sanlam Umbrella Solutions</p></div>
Zuko Hewanahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=20Zuko Hewanahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=8, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=8http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/ZukoHewana.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/ZukoHewana.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Position:<br></h4><p>Africa Structured Debt Financier at Sanlam Capital Markets (SCM)<br></p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Zuko was introduced to Sanlam in a rather unorthodox way. A close friend of his who works at Sanlam had been telling him what a great place it was to build a career. So, as Sanlam has an open bar on Fridays after work, Zuko’s friend invited him as his guest on several occasions, thinking that the culture would convince him. </p><p> His method resulted in success. Zuko says, “I was bowled over by the diversity, friendliness and general openness of the people at Sanlam.” Sanlam is an organisation that aims to do things right and do them together, something that seemed tangible to Zuko even during his short Friday evening visits. “One day, I was chatting with a credit manager who said that they were looking for a credit analyst,” Zuko continues. “I submitted my CV the following week and, in due course, I was hired as a junior credit analyst. From there I worked my way up the ranks to senior credit analyst. After four years, I was promoted to Credit Manager Africa.” It is Zuko’s hunger for challenge and stimulation, as well as his inherent responsibility, that has seen him rise so quickly within the organisation. </p><p> Zuko had completed a graduate programme at one of the big banks before moving over to Sanlam, and this experience informs his understanding of different work cultures. He says of Sanlam, “I like the culture here and the flat structure. No two days are the same and you are constantly being stretched. I also enjoy the growth and stimulation that I am exposed to. You are always learning something new and you have to stay updated about everything because it is your job to know as much as you can about the markets and financial sector.” </p><p> As much as Zuko has enjoyed and benefited from the Sanlam culture of growth in his personal capacity, he says that the best part of his job is being able to share the knowledge and insight he’s gained with his team. “I love watching my team grow and become more engaged. It gives me great joy,” he beams. </p><p> Clearly, Zuko is passionate about what he does and his constant desire to do more and do better has been recognised within the company. Zuko won one of the four CEO awards for making a contribution to the business beyond his job description in 2012. “The year I got it, the Africa Credit business just been created and I put up my hand up to be the credit analyst for that new portfolio,” he explains. “It was unchartered territory so I had to educate myself and the committees we were working with at the time. It makes one feel that the work you put in is recognised and appreciated. So I was really proud of that.” </p><p> As is so often the case, it took Zuko some time to discover his true passion. As his parents lived in Grahamstown, he decided to opt for doing his B Soc Sci, majoring in economics and industrial psychology, locally, at Rhodes University. “I loved my university years and I am so glad I chose to go to Rhodes,” he says. “I decided to do my honours in economics at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu Natal and really enjoyed that too. It was there that I was introduced to finance and found my vocation.” </p><p> When the work is done and it’s time relax, Zuko likes to spend time with his wife. “We are great explorers. We are always looking for new food trends and restaurants,” he says. “We also search out live music events, especially jazz, and we love travelling. We have just been to France.” </p>​<div class="ExternalClass81E32DFD5FA24A42BABE5775FE1F96BB"><p>Africa Structured Debt Financier at Sanlam Capital Markets (SCM)<br></p></div>
Rachma Ismailhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=5Rachma Ismailhttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=9, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=9http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RachmaIsmail.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/RachmaIsmail.png<h4 class="qualificationText">​​Qualifications:</h4><p>B Com UWC, B Com (Hon) UWC</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Credit Analyst at Sanlam Investment Management</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Rachma’s story is both interesting and inspiring – not just because she is an intelligent, driven young woman building a career and making a difference as she does so, but because she was taught that she could do anything she set her mind to by her father, a bricklayer, and her mother, a stay-at-home mom, neither of whom had the opportunity to finish school. When Rachma’s dad gave her pocket money at a young age, he taught her how to save. Perhaps this is one of the reasons she has forged a career at Sanlam Investment Management? </p><p> Rachma’s love for numbers and for people were key passions that led her to pursue a career in financial services. While the sector isn’t commonly associated with human interaction, Rachma draws a strong link and explains, “I enjoy helping people, connecting and collaborating. For me, it made sense to join an asset management or financial services company so that I could network with people and help them manage their lives as well.” Furthermore, Rachma feels like she’s come home at Sanlam, where she has found like-minded colleagues and friends. “Being able to work with people who share the same values as me is definitely what keeps me at Sanlam.” </p><p> Rachma believes deeply in the meaning of her work. “Getting things right and making a difference is what motivates me,” she says. Respect for all people is something that she learnt from her parents and these core values form the basis of her approach. “It’s about how you interact with people and how you give back. My mom wasn’t formally educated, yet she’d always sit with us, helping us to read and instilling morals in us.” </p><p> At university, Rachma completed a Bcom in finance, followed by honours in finance and investment. At this point, she thought Sanlam was a great company but didn’t know the spectrum of opportunities that were available. She explains her mind shift further, “Sanlam was known to be predominantly white and very Afrikaans. When you’re at university you only see the big ‘mothership’ of the organisation, and you might not know about the investment side of the company. Once I found out more about the work they were doing I applied.” Since starting work at Sanlam her perspective has changed even more and one of the things she enjoys most about her role is how it brings her into contact with new and diverse people. </p><p> Since starting at the company Rachma has moved from a junior credit analyst to a credit analyst and has her sights set on eventually becoming a portfolio manageress. “Sanlam has great incentives and I’m lucky to be part of their incentive programme”, she admits. Already a rising star, Rachma was one of the three finalists to receive the Sanlam Investments Living Values Award this year. With such a comprehensive research and voting process, it is an honour to be nominated. “Every year they measure employees within the company and how they live the Sanlam investment values: passion, innovation and transparency. A panel investigates whether you live up to these values. They interview your coworkers, cleaners and everyone in between." </p><p> While speaking about professional development, Rachma acknowledges the good work that competitors are doing to aid graduate growth. Although she thinks a lot more can be done at Sanlam, she believes the company is on the right track. “I think Sanlam has come a long way, speaking from my experience in starting here six years ago as one of the few young professionals. Since then, head office has started the Graduate Programme and in Sanlam investments we have the Investment Academy as well. Because of these programmes we’ve had a lot of young professionals entering Sanlam investments.” </p>​<div class="ExternalClass81E32DFD5FA24A42BABE5775FE1F96BB"><p>Credit Analyst</p><p>B Com UWC, B Com (Hon) UWC​​</p></div>
Ndumiso Mncubehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=21Ndumiso Mncubehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=10, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=10http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NdumisoMncube.png, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NdumisoMncube.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science, UCT</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Consultant, Client Solutions (Sanlam Individual Life)</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Growing up in a township in KwaMashu, Durban, Ndumiso almost became a professional soccer player in matric after having an offer from a club in Portugal. However, considering the risks and taking into account his family’s needs, he chose to study Actuarial Science instead, as it promised a more secure future. </p><p>He currently holds nine actuarial subject exemptions and plans to qualify as an Actuary in a few years, while not neglecting his passion for soccer as he still plays quite regularly.</p><p>Before joining Sanlam, he worked at General Reinsurance Africa Ltd. as an Actuarial Student specialising in group quotes in the Group Pricing department and went on to work at Medscheme as a Statistical Analyst in their Health Intelligence Unit. His Sanlam journey to date has been filled with empowering opportunities for growth as well as personal discovery. "I am very happy to work at Sanlam, as I am not only made to feel at home but my uniqueness and input is appreciated as well. Having the support from an understanding manager has made it easy to adapt in the company," he says. </p><p>"After my first year of joining the Group I was nominated for the Future Leaders Development Programme (FLDP). The programme was very much empowering and has enabled me to become more assertive and confident about my abilities and allowed me to move from a fixed to a growth mindset. In addition, Sanlam’s Actuarial Bursary Programme with its generous study time policy has proven to be beneficial towards my board exams and has also provided me with mentorship. The opportunity to have Kirshan Reddy, Chief Executive of SPF Actuarial as my mentor, has played a significant role in my inspiration to qualify as an actuary and pursue further growth."</p><p>He aspires to be a thought leader and an improve-agent committed to adding value. Ultimately his goal is to empower and open more doors of opportunity for those who have gone through similar struggles as he has. Ndumiso believes that enabling people to move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset will be the determining factor that will allow them to turn potential into performance and reality. </p>​<div class="ExternalClass8B244C3B0BF6433BB8B569CE3B72425E"><p>​Consultant, Client Solutions (Sanlam Individual Life)</p> ​​​ <p>Bachelor’s Degree in Actuarial Science, UCT</p></div>
Nthabiseng Mmatlihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=12Nthabiseng Mmatlihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=11, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=11http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NthabisengMmatli2.png, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NthabisengMmatli2.png <h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Chief Executive: Safrican Insurance Company</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Nthabiseng Mmatli was asked to step in and “rescue” Safrican Insurance Company in 2005, when it was running at a loss of R19 million at the time and had just been taken over by Sanlam. Within eight months, she turned the business around, registering a profit of R10-million. More than 70% Safrican employees are women. Mmatli says empowering women has a ripple effect of empowering the communities where they live.</p><p> Her own journey to success was earmarked by Sanlam’s Executive Leadership Programme, which she completed in 2014. The programme prepares Sanlam leaders to further refine their leadership and management skills. Mmatli says the connection between what she was learning and what she was experiencing in her business every day was invaluable. Her advice to women wanting to join the financial services industry is that there is no easy road to success. ​</p> ​<div class="ExternalClassF1A359F28C204CEBA1FD989EF710A63B"><p>​Chief Executive: Safrican Insurance Company</p></div>
Sifiso Msibihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=4Sifiso Msibihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=12, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=12http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/SifisoMsib2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/SifisoMsib2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BSc Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Chief Information Officer for Sanlam Risk</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Sifiso Msibi was awarded a Sanlam bursary two years into completing his computer science degree at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In return, he had to work at the company for two years, which he was happy about because it guaranteed him a job once he graduated. </p><p> </p><p>As a young graduate working outside Kwazulu-Natal, with no corporate experience he experienced a complete culture shock at first. Fortunately the induction at Sanlam was geared towards welcoming graduates and establishing a good social network which helped him to settle in. </p><p> </p><p>The first two years of his career were very formative as he also became aware of the many fields he could go move into. Mbisi says his career at Sanlam has progressed at exactly the right pace and he has been exposed to almost all the IT building blocks. Once he had done all the technical work, he says he could switch to management because he was ready to manage people doing what he used to do. He describes his journey at Sanlam as a lot of fun with challenges and opportunities where personal growth of employees is the main focus.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClassB6F1E33C481D4C388C2F326526A9E527">​ <p>Chief Information Officer for Sanlam Risk</p><p>BSc Computer Science University of ​KwaZulu-Natal</p></div>
Margaret Daweshttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=8Margaret Daweshttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=13, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=13http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MargaretDawes2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MargaretDawes2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BSc Biology University of London</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Executive Director: North and West Africa, Sanlam Emerging Markets</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Margaret Dawes joined Sanlam in 2005 as the Chief Financial Officer of Sanlam Developing Markets, now called Sanlam Emerging Markets (SEM). In 2008, she was appointed to head up the Group’s African business portfolio outside South Africa. In September 2015, Dawes took on a new portfolio as SEM’s Executive Director North and West Africa, taking responsibility of Sanlam’s R6 billion investment in the Saham group, as well as the original SEM West Africa businesses.</p><p> </p><p>Dawes says she has experienced no barriers in climbing the corporate ladder at Sanlam and has been afforded great opportunities for development. She says there is no differentiation in terms of gender, and nothing is stopping her from getting where she wants to be. Sanlam has increased the complement of women in leadership positions, senior and middle-management levels from 30% to 42% in 10 years.</p>​<div class="ExternalClassAD557260351043EEAD7196238B4F2A14"><p>Executive Director: North and West Africa, Sanlam Emerging Markets</p><p>BSc Biology (University of London)​​</p></div>
Mbuso Mtshalihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=3Mbuso Mtshalihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=14, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=14http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MbusoMtshali2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/MbusoMtshali2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>LLB Law Rhodes Univ​ersity</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretariat of Sanlam Investments</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Mtshali's journey at Sanlam started more than a decade ago when the company asked him to apply for the position of company secretary. Once inside he found that Sanlam employees' drive, focus, and supportive nature distinguished the company from its competitors. </p><p> </p><p>In 2007 a bigger opportunity knocked at his door when the coveted position of Head of Legal and Compliance became vacant. Initially hesitant, Mtshali consulted his then boss, who advised him to go for it. </p><p> </p><p>His advice from his COO, Robert Roux, was to focus on his strengths and surround himself with people he could trust– which is exactly what he did. Over the years, he has taken advantage of a number of opportunities to further his career. In 2008 Mtshali started a leadership programme where he and a few colleagues worked on a strategy to expand Sanlam Investments' footprint globally. In 2013, he started an executive leadership course at the GIBS Business School in Gauteng. Mtshali describes the programmes as a wonderful experiences and advises young professionals to believe in themselves and work hard.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass2F4AE9D729674D6FB652AB67A4B745B2">​​ <p>Head of Legal and Compliance and Company Secretariat of Sanlam Investments​</p><p>LLB Law Rhodes Univ​ersity</p></div>
Lebo Monyatsihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Lebo Monyatsihttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=15, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=15http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangMonyatsi2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/LebogangMonyatsi2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>Gordon Institute of Business Science</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Head of Sanlam Group Market Development and Stakeholder Relations </p> <h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Described as an inspirational leader, Lebo Manyatsi encompasses the deeply engrained values of Sanlam. Courage, compassion and respect for others are just some of the traits she exudes in her position.</p><p> </p><p>Before joining Sanlam in 2010, Manyatsi was nominated for the Black Management Forum’s Manager of the Year Award (Western Cape Chapter) – an accolade she is very proud of. After this she was awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship and an opportunity to study an MBA at the University of Nottingham, England. In 2013, Monyatsi was one of 34 Sanlam leaders selected for the annual GIBS Executive Leadership Programme.</p><p> </p><p>Manyatsi’s rich experience has equipped her to make her mark at Sanlam – an organisation she describes as having transformed remarkably and aggressively over the years. Her own approach to leadership is to give her team members true ownership of their roles in order to thrive and grow from their mistakes.</p>​<div class="ExternalClassD964914279DB4207914324E57D124B65"><p>Group Market Development and Stakeholder Relations at Sanlam</p><p>Gordon Institute of Busin​​ess Science​</p></div>
Duma Mxengehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=2Duma Mxengehttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=16, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=16http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/DumaMxenge2.png, http://www-admin-dev.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/DumaMxenge2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCom (Hons), Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management UCT</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Account Executive for Institutional Business at Sanlam Investments</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Duma Mxenge is a self-proclaimed expert generalist who wants to gain as much experience in as many disciplines as possible. From early on, the BCom Honours graduate had his sights set on the asset management industry. </p><p> </p><p>After his studies, he had short stints as an underwriter at Mutual & Federal and a trainee equity analyst at Abvest. His career path really took off in April 2006, when he started as a junior equity analyst at Sanlam Investments. </p><p> </p><p>In the same way that Sanlam encouraged Mxenge to trust his instincts and go for gold, he too urges young professionals to aim high and think big. He believes whether your aspirations are big or small, it will still require the same amount of blood, sweat and tears.​</p>​<div class="ExternalClass8713ED3A7C44487092F525044D7E4068">​<p>Account Executive for Institutional Business at Sanlam Investments</p><p>BCom (Hons), F​​inancial Analysis and Portfolio Management UCT</p>​</div>
Nondumiso Gwalahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Lists/Wealthsmiths testimonials/DispForm.aspx?ID=13Nondumiso Gwalahttp://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=17, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/Pages/testimonials.aspx?slick1=17http://www.sanlam.co.za/careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NondumisaGwala2.png, /careers/ourwealthsmiths/PublishingImages/NondumisaGwala2.png<h4 class="qualificationText">Qualifications:</h4><p>BCOM (Hons), University of Rhodes </p><h4 class="qualificationText">Position:</h4><p>Investment Operations Officer Education</p><h4 class="qualificationText">Their Story:</h4><p>Growing up in Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, under challenging conditions, Gwala was not initially motivated to perform academically. There was very little chance of her getting a tertiary education using her own resources. </p><p> However, in her senior school at Inkamana Private Secondary Farm School she felt compelled to try harder. Isabella Steenkamp, her school principal, believed in her and pushed her to keep applying for bursaries. When the opportunity arose to apply for the inaugural Sanlam Investment Cluster CEO bursary, Steenkamp urged Gwala to do so. This bursary is structured around a mentor within the company. After a series of stages and interviews the mentor, Mbuso Mtshali, chose Gwala as one of the beneficiaries. </p><p> Gwala says Mtshali, together with Steenkamp, facilitated her entry to Rhodes University and helped her secure accommodation long after the closing date for admissions. This set her on a path to a future that might not have been possible without help. </p><p> But the 23-year-old also believes you need to put in the hard work to reach success. Her best career advice is not to sit back and wait for opportunities – go after them and make them happen. ​</p> ​<div class="ExternalClassF249DE183C62449EA797502C08613B5C"><p>​Invest Operations Officer Education</p><p>BCom (Honours), University of Rhodes</p></div>

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