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Nonhlanhla Mtshali, 28

Nonhlanhla Mtshali, 28

Manager of Legal Services
Postbank

Technically, Nonhlanhla Mtshali is a manager of legal services with Postbank, but she’s becoming more influential as an attorney who blogs about legal issues for the layman. Her blogs across social media platforms help ordinary people understand some trending legal...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Nasreen Jajbhay, 32

Nasreen Jajbhay, 32

Labour lawyer, part-time commissioner and bargaining council panellist
CCMA, Bargaining Council, Jajbhay Attorneys

Nasreen Jajbhay is a Johannesburg-based attorney whose law firm, Jajbhay Attorneys, provides holistic employment law services, while Jajbhay herself also works part-time as a commissioner and panellist at the Bargaining Council. The impetus to start her own firm was...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Nelisile Thanjekwayo, 29

Nelisile Thanjekwayo, 29

Global commercial legal counsel Deputy chairperson
Shell Downstream South Africa South Africa Day

Nelisile Thanjekwayo is a woman determined to build herself and her community. She has managed to strike a balance between corporate success that empowers her and social work that inspires her. In her professional capacity, she is the global commercial lead at Shell...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Melody Musoni, 33

Melody Musoni, 33

PhD student and legal consultant
Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys

Melody Musoni is a PhD student at university and a legal consultant at Phukubje Pierce Masithela Attorneys. Her area of focus is the intersection between technological advancement and the law, while her thesis focuses on addressing cloud computing law and...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Mgqugquzeli Jiyane, 31

Mgqugquzeli Jiyane, 31

Senior legal manager
MTN

Mgqugquzeli Jiyane wants to see young people in the legal field getting more involved in the digital space. He says: “It is such a niche market, and there are so many opportunities.” As a senior legal manager at MTN, he attends to legal matters within various...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Lerato Thahane, 33

Lerato Thahane, 33

Lawyer and partner
Bowmans South Africa

Lerato Thahane’s biggest surprise was discovering that someone from a disadvantaged background could achieve some of the milestones that she has. While on secondment to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a law firm in Munich, she was the lead associate on one of Europe’s...

Oratile Mashazi | mg.co.za
Khanyi Zungu, 28

Khanyi Zungu, 28

Chief executive
Lawyal Solutions

Many law graduates are unemployed because there are too few legal firms to absorb them and let them serve their apprenticeships. Khanyi Zungu is working on a proposal for the Law Society of South Africa to recommend alternative training solutions apart from legal...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Matlale Matladi, 29

Matlale Matladi, 29

Attorney and director
Matlale Matladi Attorneys

Matlale Matladi established her own company, Matlale Matladi Attorneys, to help herself and other young black women get ahead in the legal profession.She trained at the Polokwane School for Legal Practice, and her proudest moment was her admission as a high court...

Lesley Stones | mg.co.za
Matome Lelope, 31

Matome Lelope, 31

Senior legal advisor
Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa

Matome Lelope is a senior legal adviser at the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa. In this capacity, he advises on transactions, including international investment, pertaining to infrastructure, transportation, mining and energy. One of the notable...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Joselynn Fember, 28

Joselynn Fember, 28

Managing partner
Fember Attorneys Incorporated

Joselynn Fember opened her law firm at the age of 25. There are few who can boast this level of success at such a young age, and even fewer who were able to achieve this as the first person in their family to obtain a degree. As a young woman and lawyer, Fember has...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Cherese Thakur, 32

Cherese Thakur, 32

Advocacy co-ordinator
amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism

As the head of amaBhungane’s advocacy programme, Cherese Thakur has dedicated her professional life to ensuring that investigative journalists have access to information and are afforded the professional freedoms required to fulfil their constitutionally protected...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Mnotho Ngcobo, 24

Mnotho Ngcobo, 24

Attorney
M T Ngcobo Attorneys

At 24, Mnotho Ngcobo opened his law firm MT Ngcobo Attorneys in Eshowe to provide legal services to sugarcane farmworkers. He also assists with family law issues and estates, largely representing women who were married customarily and when their husband dies, his...

Afrika Bogatsu | mg.co.za
Joel Block, 30

Joel Block, 30

International law researcher
Wits University

As an international military law researcher at Wits University, Joel Block researches the intersections between the military and international legal frameworks. For his work, he has been awarded military conference certificates from the South African National Defence...

Anita Makgetla | mg.co.za
Dhahini Naidu, 32

Dhahini Naidu, 32

Director – attorney
Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Attorneys

Dhahini Naidu’s previous boss and mentor, a director at Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Attorneys, fell terminally ill just before the national lockdown last year. Her team was left in the lurch, without a leader amid high-stakes litigation. In what she describes as a...

Zia Haffejee | mg.co.za