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 attorney. Then she realised the multitude of obstacles women face in the profession, including sexism and inflexible workplace structures. “Being a young black attorney, the mistake I made was to think it would be an easy journey. It has been my driving force to make it work regardless of the challenges,” she says.Her company specialises in deceased estates, civil litigation, personal injury, unlawful arrest and detention claims. To help others, she’s working to create career awareness in schools to help prepare learners for life’s challenges. She’s also a mother of three, and determined to lead by example and raise hard-working and resilient young people.
Design the life you want to live and work towards that — it becomes hard if you don’t have something that drives you to do more.