Ralf Fletcher, CEO, Topco Media, speaks to Dineo Molefe, MD of T-systems about overcoming challenges, gender empowerment and leadership:
One of the most challenging things in life is to balance work and family and having the determination to ‘make it’ in a world where leaders are not born but made. Dineo Molefe, MD at T-Systems South Africa can testify that it takes sheer determination and the will to educate oneself without the privilege of financial support, whilst raising a child at a young age, and managing to climb the ranks in the corporate world.
What left an indelible mark on Dineo is how many young girls/women currently face the same struggles that she battled over 20 years ago. She noticed that it is not only financial constraints that create barriers to education and a successful career, but also cultural attitudes such as respect that is often interpreted as a lack of confidence, shyness and an inability to have your voice heard. This was often apparent when Dineo engaged with graduates that participate in T-Systems internship programme.
But the spark for empowering women was ignited a long time ago for Dineo. When working for Thebe Investment Corporation as Group Financial Director, her dream to help uplift women, young women in particular, took hold when she established “Thebe Ya Mosadi”, the company’s Women’s Empowerment Programme.
5 key takeaways from the fascinating podcast include:
- The importance of investing in your own education
- Who you are is shaped by where you come from
- Life is a challenge – we need to face it head on
- The importance of SMMEs and how they can reduce reliance on imports for South Africa
- How we can level the gender playing field
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