‘I have always known that I wanted to help solve problems, and that is what drew me to law,” says Gundo Nevhutanda.
Nevhutanda is a financial regulatory attorney at a law firm in Johannesburg. Her work has taken her to many different directions. She advises clients on banking regulatory matters, including collective investment schemes, anti-money laundering, payments and insurance.
Nevhutanda has had an illustrious academic career at the University of Pretoria (UP), where she did her Bcom Law, LLB and LLM degrees. Not one to stop pursuing the ultimate academic goals, she is now pursuing a PhD from UP.
She was named by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces in 2017 as the youngest Black female conveyancer to be admitted at the time.
However, Nevhutanda is not just content with pursuing excellence in her work life. In 2016 she established The Dignify Her Foundation. It is a non-profit organisation, which provides girls with mentorship and free sanitary pads in order to keep them in school during their menstrual cycle.
Nevhutanda says her foundation “focuses on solving education policy challenges by keeping girls in school through providing them with sanitary pads to ensure that they do not miss out on school as a result of their period”. Her foundation has helped to keep over 80 young girls in school.
Nevhutanda’s talents lie beyond law. She used to dabble in radio and in public speaking, featuring on SABC 3’s Afternoon Express.
Nevhutanda says she echoes the beliefs of Nelson Mandela in the work she does: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
“My future plans includes completing an MBA, community development through establishing a sanitary pad manufacturing plant and building my practice, as well as joining the World Bank.”
The motto she lives by is “nothing is impossible.” With all she has achieved and hopes to achieve, it truly seems that way. — Fatima Moosa
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