Nelisile Thanjekwayo is a woman determined to build herself and her community. She has managed to strike a balance between corporate success that empowers her and social work that inspires her. In her professional capacity, she is the global commercial lead at Shell Downstream South Africa, where she gives legal counsel and identifies risks and alternatives to business strategies. In her work, she is able to guide Shell to more community-centric approaches of doing business. Outside of her work with Shell, Thanjekwayo is the deputy chairperson of South Africa Day. This non-profit goes into marginalised communities and enacts programmes intended to provide social, financial and organisational support. From physical renovations to helping build business networks, South Africa Day empowers communities and sets them on the path to self-sufficiency. This balance of personal fulfilment and community upliftment is what keeps Thanjekwayo content with her path in life.
There’s no reason to fear people who fight you because they think your ideas may be a little out of the box.