Being appointed into the National Treasury Graduate Programme at the age of 19 after graduating from a previously disadvantaged university remains one of Rod Tshidiso Leshaba’s proudest moments.
Leshaba says it provided him with the opportunity to dispel myths around graduates from similar universities.
Graduating from the university and getting into the programme showed Leshaba he has what it takes to make it.
He says learning from his mistakes also helped him get to where he is. Leshaba says he learnt in life that one needs more than just long working hours and academic
excellence. “To be honest, I have worked very hard and strategically to avoid surprises in my career,” he says.
One of the biggest lessons Leshaba has learnt is about the importance of fostering and building relationships that add positively towards attaining future aspirations. He says it was important to surround himself with people who will help you to always help achieve the best you can.
“Importantly, at an individual level, always remain tenacious and consistent. Nothing is ever out of reach if you set your mind to it. Make giving and helping others a habit that you cannot live without,” he says.
The idea of helping others is something that is very dear to Leshaba: he hopes to be part of financing that provides capital to transformational sectors such as sports and arts.