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 departments and also drafts platform digital contracts in gaming, video and music. He believes that all people deserve a seat at the table no matter their background, education, age or ethnicity. The biggest surprise in his career was being appointed to a senior role at just 28, and realising that you have to work three times harder when you’re young, as some people may think you lack the necessary expertise or are incapable. Jiyane says he is driven to excel by knowing he’s in a position to inspire young people and impart his knowledge to new people on a daily basis.
It is scary putting your art out into the world, but don’t let the fear stop you.