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 transactions he was involved in was the Beitbridge border post transaction: a $300-million deal that was selected as one of the top transactions of 2020 by the Global Trade Review. In addition to this work, Lelope has contributed to the legal fraternity through his research on tax avoidance. His work has influenced how the government deals with impermissible tax avoidance by advocating for the introduction of penalties instead of limiting available action to corrective measures. Lelope believes that all problems can be resolved one step at a time and hopes that, through his work in the legal field, he can play his part in alleviating the country’s complex shortfalls.
At the end of the day, bread must be buttered. No artist deserves an exploitation of any sort.