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 medium-sized businesses, as well as start-ups. Making the Dean’s Merit List for the MBA she earned while working internationally and raising a young child was a particular point of pride for her, but she advocates prioritising personal wellbeing. “A stint working abroad nearly broke me,” she says, “because I simply did not have the confidence to stand up for myself and be confident in my abilities.” Although she travels extensively, Myakayaka’s heart is always with our country and her goal is to make an impact in her field and, in doing so, to leave a lasting legacy for not only her own child, but all young South Africans.
You can be whatever you want to be if you are willing to outwork everyone, including your former self