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Nonhlanhla Mtshali, 28

Nonhlanhla Mtshali, 28

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...

Nasreen Jajbhay, 32

Nasreen Jajbhay, 32

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...

Nelisile Thanjekwayo, 29

Nelisile Thanjekwayo, 29

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...

Melody Musoni, 33

Melody Musoni, 33

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...

Mgqugquzeli Jiyane, 31

Mgqugquzeli Jiyane, 31

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...

Lerato Thahane, 33

Lerato Thahane, 33

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...

Mahashane Myakayaka, 34

Mahashane Myakayaka, 34

Mahashane Myakayaka is the legal and compliance lead for Sandvik, a multinational engineering company servicing the central, western and southern African markets. She is also the cofounder and strategic lead of legal tech start-up Basics Legal, which serves small and...

Khanyi Zungu, 28

Khanyi Zungu, 28

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...

Matlale Matladi, 29

Matlale Matladi, 29

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...

Matome Lelope, 31

Matome Lelope, 31

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...

Joselynn Fember, 28

Joselynn Fember, 28

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...

Cherese Thakur, 32

Cherese Thakur, 32

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...

Mnotho Ngcobo, 24

Mnotho Ngcobo, 24

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...

Joel Block, 30

Joel Block, 30

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...

Celinhlanhla Magubane, 32

Celinhlanhla Magubane, 32

As a lawyer, Celinhlanhla Magubane could have just done his day job and still been considered a successful, upstanding member of society. Above and beyond his professional capacity, he has been recognised and awarded by the Global Law Thinkers Society; specifically...

Dhahini Naidu, 32

Dhahini Naidu, 32

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...