Zinhle Simamane trained as a chartered accountant at Wits. She started her career at Zanusi Brand Solutions, then accepted positions at PwC and Barclays, before taking on the role of chief financial officer at rail services solutions company Traxtion, a position she still holds.
“I’m responsible for managing all the finance-related matters of our international subsidiaries, associates and branches, which includes operations in Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Mauritius, Zimbabwe and Namibia, with planned expansions into Senegal and the DRC,” she says.
Simamane’s work requires a deep understanding of the requirements and regulations in each country, as they all present unique challenges in terms of operations, accounting and taxes. “I need to hold and manage key strategic relationships with various stakeholders, which includes government entities and regulators in multiple international jurisdictions. It is a complex and ever-changing role, which is what attracted me to it.”
“Focus on the path that you are on and what it is that fulfils you. No one knows you better than yourself, so trust in that.”