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 articles to help more graduates find employment. She’s already established her own consultancy, Lawyal Solutions, with clients in industries including mining and entertainment, a brave step for a young black woman. Zungu served her own articles with Werksmans Attorneys, then at 26 she became the legal head of Lurco, a mining company. She learned to trust her instincts and not procrastinate during negotiations to successfully secure funding for a multibillion-rand acquisition. “I am eternally grateful for the clients who have given me a chance to showcase my skills and expertise,” she says.
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