A strong believer in paying it forward, Murunwa Netshidongololwe’s day job is at multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis, and she’s an outreach leader at the Purple Sisterhood in her spare time. She also helps university science students find jobs, gives them insight on how the working world works, and translates children’s books from English to Tshivenda. Netshidongololwe’s work ensures that medicine is affordable for all, that hospitals and medical aid professionals have access to the drugs they need, and oversees clinical trials so that drugs are developed efficiently. It was not the role she initially applied for, but it’s a job that perfectly aligns with her purpose. “I want to see South Africans stand [together]. I am in this world to help bring change in people’s lives, thus it would be so good to see more of those who are fortunate helping those who are not,” she says.
Never forget that while innovating, you are building for people. Technology comes second.