Brief description of who you are/what you do outside the hub:
I am a practicing attorney working as a Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons. Pinsent Masons is a sector focussed law firm that assists clients in the energy, infrastructure, advanced manufacturing and technology, real estate and financial services sectors. I work as a corporate and M&A lawyer with an energy sector focus. In my spare time (at least my illusion of spare time) I invest in property and run a wine distribution business.
How long have you been a hub member? :
Almost two years now, time flies.
Why did you join the hub? :
Shiluba Mawela forced me to! I kid, I grew up in Tshwane and have always wanted to be part of a movement of young people collaborating to make things happen for other young people. From what I read about the Hub, it seemed like a safe space for dialogue and a fertile ground for making an impact in society. It has lived up to this and more.
What is your vision for South Africa? :
Nothing South Africa specific, but I hope that inequality and poverty will be overcome in our lifetime. This is key to safeguarding human dignity, and ensuring we build a credible society where life outcomes aren’t determined by who has and who does not have access to basic social goods like housing, education and water and sanitation.
Any exciting events/projects that you are involved in outside the hub:
Besides wine and property, I run a few youth focussed initiatives on behalf of my employer. The first is a networking and training platform for future leaders in the infrastructure and energy sector. We recruit young people (professionals, entrepreneurs and academics etc) who are actively involved in the energy and infrastructure sectors to be part of this programme.
The second initiative is Project Naledi, an after school programme we put together for about 250 learners in Soweto. We work with the Enos Mafokate Equestrian Club of Soweto, the Sir Ramabitsa Saturday School and the Soweto Cricket Club to provide extra-mural academic tutoring and sports activities (horse riding and cricket). We also arrange educational excursions and activities with community based organisations like Heartlines who organise movie screenings and have discussions around key social issues with the learners. We are currently talking to another member of the Tshwane Hub about collaborating with her organisation, hopefully this will happen in the first quarter of 2019.
Words to live by:
Just be yourself.